Rural Missouri - October 2011 - (Page 26)
Farmers and ranchers with innovative ideas on improving their operations through sustainable agriculture practices can apply for funding to try out those ideas. Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture and Education (SARE) program, grants are offered for on-farm research, demonstration and education projects. Since 1992, SARE has issued grants for studies in topics such as alternative grain crops for animal feed, biological weed and pest control, marketing and energy alternatives. The deadline for applications is Dec. 2. Those accepted will be notified in the spring of 2012. For more information about SARE, visit www.northcentralsare.org or contact Debi Kelly at 800-433-3704.
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tour of the museum. A series of tours will be held on Sept. 30 and Oct. 20 at the new Riversides Collection Facility at 117 N. Riverside Drive in Jefferson City. The series of free tours, which require no reservation, will last one hour. Along the tour, visitors will learn what it takes to be a curator and how artifacts are stored. There’s also a chance to see what it takes to preserve and conserve historical items. Contact the Missouri State Museum for more information by visiting www.mostateparks.com or calling 573-751-2854.
B R I E F S
from Touchstone Energy is BizConnections.coop. This new site is an online portal to discounts that connects co-op members to valuable savings on everyday services such as hotels, car rentals and at restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues. The free service is available to businesses served by a Touchstone Energy co-op, a national brand of nearly 725 co-ops in 46 states servicing more than 40 million members. Contact your local co-op to find out if it is a part of Touchstone Energy. For more information, contact Scott Bialick at 703-907-5627 or visit www.bizconnections.coop.
To know when the autumn colors are just right in your area, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website at www.mdc.mo.gov for weekly updates now through November.
It’s a heat wave
Chalk up 2011 as one for the record books. According to scientists at the National Climatic Data Center, this summer was the second warmest on record since weather record data began recording in 1895. The average temperature in August was 75.7 degrees, which is 3 degrees above average, while the summer season average temperature was 74.5 degrees, 2.4 degrees above average. Precipitation across the nation during August averaged 2.31 inches, which is 0.29 inches below the national average. Fifteen states had a summer average temperature ranking among their top 10 warmest. Despite excessive rainfall in parts of the country, more than a third of the United States suffered from severe droughts. For more information about weather climates and data, visit www.noaa.gov.
An insider’s look
The Missouri State Museum has always been known for its collections of some of the Show-Me State’s most precious historical artifacts. Now you have a chance to see more of what great history our state has to share with a behind-the-scenes
As the country struggles amid a tough economy, Missouri’s electric cooperatives continue their mission to help their members. The latest money-saving initiative
Fall’s color spectacle
Missouri is blessed with a great variety of trees, shrubs and vines, but trying to predict the peak of the fall color show can be difficult.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - October 2011
Rural Missouri - October 2011
Table of Contents
Dining on the tracks
Staying on target
Out of the Way Eats
Hearth and Home
On the brink
Rural Missouri - October 2011