Opening the door to an historic opportunity for MO agriculture

Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:45 am

Nearly 60 years have passed since the Cuban Missile Crisis, but many in our generation still remember vividly the events that brought our nation to the brink of nuclear war. Back then, restoring normal diplomatic relations with Cuba – let alone exchanging goods and services – was unthinkable.

While there remain serious political, moral and ideological disagreements between our two nations, a lot has changed since 1962. The numbers speak for themselves.

100,000 – The number of Americans who visit Cuba each year.

$2,000,000,000 – The anticipated value of food products that Cuba will import in 2015.

6,000 – The number of jobs supported by every billion dollars in U.S. exports.

90 miles – The distance between the American and Cuban borders.

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    Guiding again

     

    You know what I love about this snow and cold?…

    Not a doggone thing. But remember this, every cold night that passes makes us one day closer to spring peepers and redbuds.

    Folks in the cities have really suffered with the weather problems over the past few years, but “they ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” If people could see into the future there would be a panic in places like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and New Orleans, and big traffic jams as

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    Conservation Corner

    The new Summary of MO Fishing Regulations has arrived and reminded us that the 2014 fishing permits will soon be outdated. The 2015 Fishing permits are available at the office at 1109 S. Main and you can not only get your permits but we have brochures available to assist you with your fishing skills. Missouri is home to more than 200 species of fish and you can learn more about them by picking up “The Introduction to MO Fishes” and a pocket brochure “Know Your Catch – your guide to fish identification”. We also have fish

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    MDC to host paddlefish snagging clinics at Warsaw

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer Discover Nature Family Paddlefish Snagging Clinics on Saturday, April 18, at the Warsaw Community Building, 181 Harrison St.

    MDC connects people with nature including teaching fishing methods. These clinics will give anglers who have never tried to snag a paddlefish a chance to learn how. The clinics are free. Anglers are advised to register early because each session is limited to 18 participants and the classes will fill up quickly. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday,

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    The last bass

    It was early October of 2010, and the first falling leaves were floating along the river beside us. Uncle Norten and I had enjoyed a great day of fishing. The bass had been hitting, and I marveled at how well he could cast and fish at his age of 87.

    He had begun to have trouble remembering how to get to the river, but he had no trouble remembering how to fish a spinner-bait, or bounce a jig

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    Deer hunting, then and now

    I remember what deer hunting was like back when I was a boy. I am utterly amazed at how it has changed. Some very good hunters regularly visited Dad’s pool hall where I worked as a kid. Most of them were rural people who knew all about deer and how they moved. At that time in the mid-60′s I would estimate the Ozarks of southern Missouri had about 10 to 20 percent as many deer as we have today. In those times, if I remember right, the season was only a few days and

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    Fish biting at night

    Lake Stockton Report

    by Michael Weis

    Stockton State Park Marina

    A couple of guys brought in a lot of crappie the last couple of nights. They said they were using lights.

    The crappie were keepers, but not much bigger than keepers.

    We have a few crappie beds throughout this area.

    People have been bringing in a steady amount of catfish. They are using perch on trotlines and jugs. The cats run up to 10 lbs. a couple of blues but mainly flatheads.

    Bluegill

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    Walleye bite in August in Canada

    It was hot last year, too, the first week of August.

    We wondered what the weather was like in Canada. Sondra Gray, who is the editor of the Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal which I publish, loves to fish, and her husband, David, had a vacation coming up. Gas was high, about 2.59 a gallon, if I remember right, but a display company in Minneapolis had asked me to build an old time wooden johnboat about 10 feet long and they would pay my expenses for delivery. So

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    Regular spring turkey harvest totals 40,447

    Hunters checked 40,447 turkeys during Missouri’s regular spring turkey season, up by 2,120 from 38,327 last spring, or about one percent. The harvest of 4,319 turkeys during this year’s spring youth weekend, March 31 and April 1, brought the 2012 spring turkey harvest to 44,766, up about one percent from 2011. Youth hunters harvested 3,893 turkeys during the 2011 spring youth weekend for a 2011 spring total of 42,220.

    Top harvest counties during the regular 2012 spring turkey season, April 16 through May 6, were Franklin with 852, Texas with 803 and

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Outdoors Archived

    Conservation Corner

    It is about this time of year that we begin to receive complaints about skunks digging under porches, sheds or other outbuildings and questions about their

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    Conservation Corner

    The bark on a tree is something like the wrinkles on an old person’s face. Both add character, while often going unnoticed. Unless the furrows are

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