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Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: All federal and state government offices observed Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 16.  It was nice to have Monday as a holiday because it gave me the opportunity to do some work at the ranch and tend to the animals after several days of icing, rain and cold temperatures.  I

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MU VITA sites open, provide free tax preparation help

To assist Missourians with their tax return preparation, tax experts in the personal financial planning department in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri, the MU School of Law and MU Extension will open Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites from Jan. 24-April 17. Sites will be open around the state,

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NRCS accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for grants to fund projects that could stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. State Conservationist J.R. Flores said Missouri anticipates having $100,000 in state-component funds available for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). He said individual grants up to $50,000 can be

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Discover Nature: Maple Sugaring

As temperatures freeze and thaw in late winter, one of the sweetest harvests awaits in the Missouri woods. This week on Discover Nature, tap a tree, and collect a treat. Maple sugaring is a seasonal activity best done in late winter. Learn more on this week’s Discover Nature. Credit Missouri Department of Conservation The time

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Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: Once again, for about the 40th time, Marla, my wife, and I attended the 49th Annual Missouri Cattlemen’s Association State Convention held last weekend on Jan. 6-8. I have been an MCA member and attended nearly every annual meeting since 1975 as a beef producer representing Love Ranch. However, four years ago

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GOVERNOR APPOINTS STATE C00

GOVERNOR APPOINTS STATE C00 – Governor Eric Greitens announced that Drew Erdmann, a partner at McKinsey and Company and one of the world’s leaders on government transformation, will become the state’s Chief Operating officer, a new position designed to make government work better for the citizens of Missouri. Governor Greitens emphasized the need for a

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Online resources for winter weather

University of Missouri Extension has compiled a list of websites, extension publications, news releases and other online resources for coping before, during and after winter storms. MU Extension news releases • Ice dams on the roof can damage your home: extension.missouri.edu/n/637 • Winter power outages can lead to generator concerns: extension.missouri.edu/n/1033 • MU expert recommends

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Amaryllis: A Cure for the winter blahs

Cold, dreary winter days can lead to a serious case of the winter “blahs”, especially for avid gardeners. There are few better ways to cure the blahs then to have a plant burst into colorful bloom in your home, when the weather outdoors is gloomy. Enter the amaryllis. Its huge blooms are spectacular and come

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Seven Social Security facts you need to know

Planning ahead and getting an accurate picture of your options may be key to getting the most out of your retirement. However, a survey commissioned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) aimed to better understand how much Americans know about Social Security retirement benefits suggests many may be leaving Social Security retirement benefits they’re

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Dread cancer screenings? Here are tips on how to deal

You go in for your annual visit and it goes something like this: You get weighed and measured and prodded. You see your doctor and talk about your health, maybe get a prescription refill, and most likely a referral for a screening or lab test. You walk out with the best of intentions, but you

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