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Hay, what can I do?
Severe weather throughout Missouri and surrounding states has prompted a special hauling permit to help farmers move hay for livestock. The permit will allow for the movement of larger loads through Dec. 31. A normal fee that would be applied is waived on loads up to 12 feet, 4 inches, that are of legal height, length and weight. In addition to the savings of up to $64, the waiver will allow hay hauling to take place during holidays and at night — a practice not normally allowed. Those looking for a permit should contact MoDOT’s Motor Carrier services at 800-877-8499. Permits will then be issued by fax or e-mail. For those interested in purchasing or selling hay, log on to the Department of Agriculture’s hay directory at www.mda.mo.gov/abd/haydirectory.
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the nation, Museum Day offers the opportunity to explore an unfamiliar learning experience. Visit www.smithsonianmag.com/ museumday to find a participating museum near you and print off a special admission pass. The pass is good for free admission for two people at one museum. There is a limit of one pass per household, and the pass excludes parking and special event or exhibit fees. A few participating museums include the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, the St. Louis Art Museum and the Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance. For a complete list of museums in Missouri, visit www.visitmo.com.
B R I E F S
ting the highways and byways for a nice country drive or road trip to check out Missouri’s scenery. For your next excursion, why not add in a little bit of geologic wonder? Pick up a copy of Roadside Geology of Missouri, a new book packed with information about Missouri’s fascinating geology. The book is complete with maps, photos and expert descriptions to help you learn more about our glaciated plains, mountains, floodplains, earthquake-formed sand boils, springs and other natural features. To pick up your copy today, visit www.missourigeologystore.com or ask about it at your local state park.
first time ever, more corn will fuel U.S. gas tanks in the coming year than will feed livestock and poultry across the country. USDA estimates predict that ethanol plants will use 200 million more bushels of corn than animals will consume. Sustained high prices for corn resulted in a lot of red ink for livestock producers, forcing many to shrink their livestock and poultry stocks to reduce costs and get a better price at market. As a result of June floods and July heat, 32 percent of Show-Me State cornfields are rated at poor or below, according to the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service.
Do the loco-motion
Thanks to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Amtrak service in Missouri could see a boost in efficiency. Construction of a second train bridge will reduce holdups along a section of track that crosses the Osage River. More than $28 million will go toward construction of the bridge, eliminating the last bottleneck along the route through central Missouri that causes freight and Amtrak trains to wait their turn to cross. Work is scheduled for the fall.
Celebrate Museum Day
In celebration of National Museum Day on Sept. 24, take advantage of free admission to several museums across the Show-Me State. Through a nationwide partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and hundreds of museums across
Man vs. livestock
It seems our vehicles have a bigger taste for corn than our livestock do. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, for the
Be a roadside geologist
As cooler weather returns to the Show-Me State, more people are hit-
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - September 2011
Rural Missouri - September 2011
Table of Contents
The story behind the stories
Hemp bales and history
Out of the Way Eats
Open up and say ‘neigh!’
Back to the one-room school
Hearth and Home
The Missouri artist
Rural Missouri - September 2011