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Pork producers step up biosecurity: Guarding against PEDV takes vigilance, sacrifice

 Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

Missouri pork producers are stepping up biosecurity measures to keep the porcine epidemic disease virus (PEDV) from spreading. University of Missouri Extension swine nutrition specialist Marcia Shannon said these efforts have kept Missouri numbers lower than national figures. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quarterly report released March 28 shows that the disease is still spreading, but at a slower rate than last quarter. Nationally, reported cases increased by only 3

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  • Container gardens to supply your salads

     Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm


    “It’s easy to grow lettuce in container gardens,” says Kim Martin, manager of Tiger Garden, the student-run floral shop on the University of Missouri campus. Martin said four lettuce or spinach plants in a 10-inch container provide enough greens for two people to have a large salad weekly. “Choose a pot with good drainage,” said Martin. “Do not put rocks in the bottom of the pot, as this may cause

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  • It’s time to plant peas

     Posted on April 13, 2014 at 8:58 am


    Peas will never be considered an exotic food, but they’ve been cultivated for at least 5,000 years. This ancient plant is a cool-season vegetable that needs to be planted early. “Once the soil warms, the earlier peas are planted in the spring the better,” said David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. “One problem in Missouri is we can quickly go from a cool spring to a hot

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  • Elsberry FFA Member SPOTLIGHT

     Posted on April 12, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Alex B.

    Name: Alex Boedeker Office: 2013-2014 Chapter Parliamentarian Parents: Jim and Wendy Boedeker FFA Chapter: Elsberry FFA FFA Advisors: Mr. Jason Vandivort, Mr. George Nieters, and Mr. Mike McCrory How are you involved in agriculture? Besides my SAE I also help out with milking cattle at our family’s dairy farm, as well as feeding calves, helping with cutting wood for heating the milk barn, and other miscellaneous work.  During the summer

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  • Up with the chickens by Amanda Jo Talbot, Elsberry FFA Member

     Posted on April 10, 2014 at 8:13 am


    When you hear the alarm going off in the morning, what’s the first thing you want to do? Eat breakfast?  Brush your teeth?  Maybe some of you even hit the snooze button a couple of times and sleep a little longer. Not me. Shortly after the sun comes up each morning it’s my job to put on my boots and go outside to let my chickens out of the coop

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  • Marre selected as State FFA Officer

     Posted on April 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Sam Marre

    Sam Marre, president of the Elsberry FFA Chapter, has been selected as a state officer for the Missouri FFA Chapter. Marre was nominated for this position by the Area 5 FFA Association following her interview on March 18. “To my knowledge Sam is the first state officer from Elsberry since Wayne Lovelace,” said Elsberry FFA Advisor Jason Vandivort. Marre will now face a series of interviews at the FFA State

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  • FFA hosts practice competition for district contests

     Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:41 am

    FFA students evaluating plants during one of the many competitions at Elsberry High School.

    The Elsberry FFA Chapter hosted a practice competition on March 15 to help area students prepare for district and state level competitions that will take place later in the spring. “This was the first event like this that we have ever hosted here,” said Elsberry FFA Advisor Jason Vandivort. “The officers and advisors all sat down and created a list of all the different contest areas and where we might

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