Private pesticide applicator training set for January 30

               Farmers who wish to obtain or renew a private pesticide applicator license are encouraged to attend an upcoming training session.  The training sessions for Phelps County will be held on January 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm and February 27, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Phelps County Extension Center in Rolla, MO at 200 N. Main, Courthouse. If you are unable to attend this training session, please contact the Phelps County Extension Center at (573) 458-6260 for a list of training sessions in neighboring counties.

Scholarships available through FCS Financial

    Since 2004, FCS Financial has provided more than $615 million to Missouri high school seniors seeking higher education.
    Up to 35 scholarships, each at $1,500 will be awarded to children or grandchildren of FCS Financial members. The scholarship deadline is March 1 and recipients will be notified in April.

USDA Invites Input on Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Rule

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks public comments on its interim rule for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).  ACEP is USDA’s premier conservation easement program, helping landowners protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. The rule – now available on the Federal Register – takes effect on publication and includes changes to the program prescribed by the 2018 Farm Bill.

MO Corn Scholarship applications available

    The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council will be awarding seven deserving students $1,000 scholarships. Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship Program are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related area of agriculture.

Missouri USDA grazing specialist awarded nation’s top honor

Two months after being named Missouri Forage and Grassland Council Pastureland Conservationist of the Year, Mark Green was honored nationally for his pasture planning skills.