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Disaster relief for farmers
The Missouri Department of Agriculture has started an agriculture disaster relief fund to help Missouri farmers recover from severe storms. The fund will address the immediate needs of farm families, extend grants to non-profit organizations for repairs and clean up and provide major disaster grants. The first two contributions to the fund were $100,000 from Monsanto and $50,000 from trade partner Taiwan. The fund will offer assistance for the following: • Immediate-need grants of $500 are available to be used for household or agricultural purposes. The farm family must have been directly impacted by a natural disaster and have suffered physical or economic loss. • Grants up to $5,000 for nonprofit organizations, counties, municipalities and other political subdivisions for infrastructure repair, clean up or other projects that assist
Coordinator, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. The comment period runs through Dec. 31.
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in recovery for the farm community. • Major disaster grants in amounts greater than $5,000 are available on a special-needs basis. Any individual or organization may apply for these grants, but organizations that can serve a large number of producers will be given priority. Those interested in applying for funds or donating to the fund can do so by visiting www.MDA.mo.gov or www.AgriMissouri.com or by calling 573-751-2129.
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ational use designations assigned to some Missouri streams and rivers. In particular, the department is looking for information on whether or not these streams are used for swimming, fishing, wading, tubing or any other type of recreation. The department’s review of water quality standards will consider public input along with the results of stream surveys conducted in 2007 and 2008. To comment, visit www.dnr. mo.gov/env/wpp/wqstandards/ uaa/index.html. This page includes a survey and a video that further explains the process. You also can submit comments by mail to: UAA
Snag that tag
The Missouri Department of Conservation is tagging 1,600 smallmouth bass on five Ozark streams as part of a research project. Anglers who catch tagged bass can earn $25 or $75 by reporting their catches. The tagged bass are in the Black, Castor, Courtois, Current and North Fork rivers. The project will help biologists learn more about catch rates and fish movement in these rivers. Tagged bass do not have to be kept to receive a reward. Anglers may just remove the tag and release the fish. To receive a reward, call the phone number listed on the tag and provide the tag number, whether the fish was kept, the date of the catch, length of the fish and catch location.
Shout out for streams
The Department of Natural Resources is considering revisions to the recre-
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - July 2011
Rural Missouri - July 2011
Table of Contents
Raising the Great White Arabia
Now showing: rural broadband
Out of the Way Eats
The changing tide
Hearth and Home
Sting of relief
Rural Missouri - July 2011