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Right to Farm win means real work starts

By Blake Hurst The passage of Amendment 1, the Farming Rights Amendment, is great news for the future of Missouri agriculture. Although the vote was close, a majority of Missouri…

Vocational Agriculture Teachers Assoc. honors RHS’s Joe Robinson

Joe Robinson, Richmond R-XVI High School agriculture teacher/FFA advisor, was recently honored with a Distinguished Service Award at the 2014 Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association annual awards luncheon. Robinson represented…

Fake slithery thing helps protect Camdenite’s birds

Proposed EPA rule change concerns land commissioners in from 23 states

Land commissioners from 23 western states gathered in Bismarck, N.D. in July to discuss policy issues affecting land management for over 440 million acres of state land and water throughout…

Ray County Humane Society: Box-trained, family-friendly kittens ready for homes

This week’s message from Humane Society volunteer Gloria McFadden on kittens looking for their homes: “We have six adorable kittens from two different mothers.  The kittens were born mid- to…

Kids learn it’s never too early to set goals and plan how to achieve them

USDA Rural Development celebrated Homeownership month with Sunrise Elementary second- and third-grade summer school students. This year’s theme was “Own Your Future.” Area Specialist Debbie Berry presented a program on…

Thanks to Knoxville couple, shared beauty an annual rite

By David Knopf, News Editor Charlene Cassity deflects all praise for her husband’s bountiful flower beds back on the man who watches over them. “It’s all Charles,” she said. “He…

Humane Society of Ray County: Flower’s offspring: Get ‘em while they’re kittens

From Gloria McFadden, Humane Society volunteer: “Recently arrived are Flower and her kittens.  Flower is a tortoise shell cat.  She is about a year old.  I petted her and picked…

Right to Farm, Amendment 1 … Pro and Con

Pro ‘Right to Farm’ opponents in North Dakota used similar scare tactics In 2012, North Dakota was the first state to propose a constitutional amendment protecting farmers and ranchers.  Their…

Guest Opinion: Growing food looks easy – until you try it

By Blake Hurst City councils in Cleveland, Alexandria, Va. and Chicago have all recently passed resolutions banning the administration of antibiotics to farm animals, unless they’re sick — the animals,…