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Smart rural communities nurture young entrepreneurs, build futures

By Craig Schroeder The Daily Yonder Clearly, it is the perceived lack of careers that is causing many rural youth to believe that they must leave their hometowns and never…

ART AND SCIENCE: There’s room for self-expression in shaping your trees, but there’s also a science in how, when and where to make pruning cuts

By David Knopf, News Editor There’s ample opportunity for a grower to artfully shape fruit trees, but self-expression is best pursued with an understanding of the science behind pruning for…

Commercial food waste finding new use as feed for livestock

By Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public  Media Throwing food scraps to hogs and other farm animals is an age-old practice. As food production has become more industrialized, food factories have found…

Farmer with Ray County ties wins Best Young Farmer honor

By the Richmond News staff Scott Rasa, a Lafayette County resident whose family has deep roots in Ray County, has been selected one of the 2012 America’s Best Young Farmers…

Bill defining an animal by its rights passes through committee

Last week, House Bill 1513, sponsored by Representative Ward Franz, Republican from West Plains, was voted “Do Pass” out of the House General Laws Committee by a vote of 10…

Flood left gap between vision of farmers, pundits

By Dan Cassidy, Cut to the Chase Judging from editorials in the Upper Missouri River Basin following the Great Flood of 2011, you would think major changes are in order.…

CRP enrollment begins March 12, ends April 6

Ray/Clay County Farm Service Agency Director Jarrell Foreman announced this week that USDA will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program beginning March 12 and ending on…

Some farmers buying more grain bins, banking prices will rise

By Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media Across the corn belt, more farmers are putting up their own grain bins —giant, metal cylindrical storage silos.  In the past year alone, farmers…

Set time aside to ‘Thank a Farmer’

By Diane Olson Super Bowl 46 captured media attention for weeks before, during and after the game. Magazines and television commercials provided easy to prepare recipes for the special gathering…

More corn or fewer floods? We have a choice to make

By Robert Kelley Schneiders, PH.D. Neither God, nor freak rain events, or the tiny piping plover caused the Missouri River flood of 2011.  Rather, humans, and their ignorance, greed, and…