Rural Missouri - January 2011 - (Page 22)
NASCAR goes green
Starting next year, cars in America’s most-watched sport, NASCAR, will be fueled by ethanol thanks to a new partnership between the sport and Growth Energy, the leading voice for the U.S. ethanol industry. The American-produced Sunoco Green E15 contains 15 percent renewable corn ethanol manufactured by 204 refineries in the U.S., including six in the Show-Me State. John Eggleston, president of the Poet Biorefining ethanol plant in Macon and Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Lancaster, said the deal is all about getting the message heard — ethanol matters. “As the message gets stronger, more people will see how important ethanol is,” he said. The partnership also helps protect jobs for Missourians. Currently, the state’s refineries gross about $700 million per year, and all of those plants are farmer-owned.
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and polluted storm water runoff. But thanks to the efforts of Missouri River Relief, a grassroots group of volunteers, one of our major waterways got a little help from her friends. In 2010, more than 2,000 volunteers removed 55 tons of trash from 79 miles along the Big Muddy. Since the group formed in 1991, more than 12,000 volunteers have contributed time cleaning up nearly 900 miles along the Missouri River, removing 537 tons of trash. They even have participated in seven restoration tree plantings. The group says its river clean-ups engage people proactively in stewardship of the state’s waterways and educate people about the problem of solid waste on our streams and rivers. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the group, and several cleanup days planned. For information
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about Missouri River Relief and how to volunteer, visit www.riverrelief.org.
Show us your can
Missouri elementary, middle and home school students in grades K-8 are invited to help in the fight against litter by participating in the “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free” trash-can decorating contest. The annual contest is part of the state’s ongoing “No MOre Trash!” campaign to raise awareness about Missouri’s litter problem and to discourage littering. Each year, the Missouri Department of Transportation spends more than $5 million cleaning litter from the state’s roadsides, and the Missouri Department of Conservation spends almost $1 million cleaning conservation areas.
To participate, decorate a 30-gallon or larger trash can that will be located in a prominent area of your school or community. Each design must have the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter prevention message or slogan. After you decorate your can, snap a picture and send it in with the entry form. Each first-place entry in three age categories will win $100. The grandprize winner will receive $500. For more on contest rules, prizes and to print off the entry form, visit www.nomoretrash.com.
Top choice for troops
For the third consecutive year, Columbia College was named a top military-friendly institution. The publication, Military Advanced Education, picked the central Missouri school as the best out of more than 3,000 institutions surveyed at providing quality education at competitive prices, a comfortable place for those serving in the armed forces and offering the best online education opportunities to those stationed overseas. For more information on Columbia College and online courses, visit www.ccis.edu.
Help for the Big Muddy
This past year, our rivers and streams faced big problems — such as streambank erosion from heavy spring rains, toxic chemicals, sedimentation
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - January 2011
Rural Missouri - January 2011
Doing Wood Right
Out of the Way Eats
Huntin’ With Hawks
Hearth and Home
Billards Meets Bowling
Getting $mart in the New Year
Meet Yorik, One Tricky Dog
Rural Missouri - January 2011