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10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lock and Dam 24 and Apple
Shed Theater in Clarksville. Call 660-785-2420 for
more information.
* Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mingo National
Wildlife Refuge off State Highway 51 near Puxico.
Call 573-222-3589 for more information.

Churchill's Benton
painting returns


Thomas Hart Benton
painting given to Sir Winston Churchill in 1946 as a
gift for coming to Westminster
College in Fulton to deliver his historic "Iron Curtain" speech returned to the college on Dec. 4.
Churchill specifically asked for a Benton painting in lieu of payment for the speaking engagement. The portrait of a Missouri farmer mending
his picket fence is titled "The New Fence."
President Harry S. Truman, who introduced
Churchill for his lecture that day, had acquired the
painting from Benton for the college to present to
the British statesman.
The painting returned as a gift from James Henry Hance Jr., his wife, Beverly, and the Bank of
America. Hance is a 1966 Westminster graduate.
Apparently, Churchill gave the painting to a
member of his family or a friend. That owner sold
it at auction in London in the 1960s. The painting
was purchased by Bernard Block, who sold it to a
private collector in New York.
The painting hung in Hance's Bank of America
office for many years. He purchased it from the
company and felt the appropriate home for it was
the Westminster campus.

Where eagles soar


Scholarships help grow
new ag leaders


merica's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which
is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, has
$500,000 in scholarships available. The
program provides $1,500 college scholarships to students pursuing a degree related to agriculture. High school seniors and college students
can apply for this opportunity.
The program was created in response to farmer
requests to keep rural youth involved in agriculture.
Because farmers play a crucial role in the industry,
each applicant is required to obtain endorsements
from at least three local farmers.
Farmers interested in promoting the program
and endorsing students' scholarship applications
can learn how at The
scholarships are administered by the National FFA
Organization, but FFA membership is not required
to apply. Students have until Feb. 1 to complete the
application at

Missouri AgrAbility funded for four more years

issouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. You can discover nature with
the Missouri Department of Conservation through Eagle Days events around
the state, or enjoy eagle viewing on your own.
Because of its big rivers, many lakes and expansive wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower
48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate south from their
nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states
to hunt in the Show-Me State. Eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. More than 2,000 bald eagles typically are
reported here during winter.

 National WW I Museum
 Wings Over the Rockies Air Museum
 Arches National Park
 Glen Canyon Dam Tour
 Antelope Canyon Tour
 Zion National Park
 Bryce Canyon National Park
 Canyonlands National Park
 Great Sand Dunes National Park

MDC offers Eagle Days events on the dates
and locations listed below. The events include live
captive-eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos
and guides with spotting scopes. Watch for eagles
perched in large trees along the water's edge. View
them early in the morning to see eagles flying and
fishing. Be sure to dress for winter weather and
don't forget cameras and binoculars.
For more information on Eagle Days and other
places for winter eagle viewing, visit
events/eagledays. The dates are:
* Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Jan. 11
from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Smithville Lake Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse north of Kansas City. Call 816-532-0174 for more information.
* Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 18 from
12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the MDC Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Call 417-888-4237 for more
* Jan. 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old
Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270 off Riverview
Drive in St. Louis. Call 314-877-1309 for more information.
* Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 25 from


he Missouri AgrAbility Project has received a USDA grant to continue its services for another
four years, according to University of Missouri Extension state health and safety specialist Karen
Funkenbusch, who serves as director of the program.
The grant is part of a national program to assist the growing population of farmers and ranchers living with disabilities and helps them remain active in production agriculture. MU received $180,000
for AgrAbility for fiscal year 2014.
AgrAbility supports projects between the state cooperative extension system and private nonprofit
disability organizations that work in partnership. Missouri AgrAbility served 150 farmers and ranchers
in 2014. Staff members from various organizations provide educational workshops, on-site farm assessments, off-site visits, technical assistance, recommendations and resource materials to farmers,
ranchers, farmworkers and family members who are limited by any type of physical, cognitive or illness-related disability or chronic health condition.
For more information about the Missouri AgrAbility Project, go to

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