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Get your 4-H goods
You can now show your 4-H spirit thanks to the launch of the Missouri 4-H Foundation’s new online merchandise store. Missouri 4-H apparel, promotional items and gifts are available through www.missouri4hstore.com. A portion of the proceeds from the store go back to communities across the state. For more than 60 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation has helped support the statewide program with scholarships, community service projects and volunteer training for youth in rural areas. For more information about Missouri 4-H, visit www.4h.missouri.edu or call 573-882-9359.
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Are you up for the challenge?
Thirty-five homes. Seven teams. One mission. That is the message Gov. Jay Nixon is sharing with Missourians as part of the Governor’s Joplin Habitat Challenge. In partnership with the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, Missouri’s major athletic organizations aim to build 35 new homes in the Joplin area to provide continued aid in the city’s recovery from the devastating tornado on May 22, 2011. The organizations that have vowed to help are the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams and Blues; Kansas Motor Speedway; the University of Missouri Tigers; and the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. In addition to $3.6 million earmarked from state funds, players,
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coaches, alumni, broadcasters and staff from each of the organizations have vowed to assist with construction and landscaping of the homes. Visit www.joplinchallenge.mo.gov to find out how you can donate or volunteer and join the challenge to help Joplin rebuild.
assistance through the United States Department of Agriculture High Tunnel Loan Program. Loans will be available at a fixed rate of 7.5 percent interest for a term of up to one year. Producers must first apply at their local USDA office. Once approved, producers may apply for the loan program. For more information, contact your local USDA office or call the Missouri Department of Agriculture at 573-751-2129 or visit www.mda. gov/abd/financial/hightunnel.php.
Get ‘The Blues’
For the first time, the Official Manual of the State of Missouri only will be available online in an electronic format. Often referred to as the “Blue Book,” the manual provides Missourians with valuable information about their local, state and federal government. It also includes an overview of state services and contact information for officials and departments. To download the Blue Book, visit www.mobluebook.com. For an introductory video about the manual, visit www.vimeo.com/35292457.
Take the high road
One solution for small-farm agricultural producers is high tunnels. These temporary “hoophouses” are unheated greenhouses that can help farming operations extend their growing season to improve profitability. They also are a common choice for smaller farming operations to grow niche and organic items. Those involved with high-tunnel farming can apply for financial
This year, Missouri already has seen its share of unruly weather. As the upcoming spring storm season approaches, it is best to be prepared. Visit www.sema.dps.mo.gov for tips on how to stay safe from the State Emergency Management Agency.
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