KMZU FARM CALENDAR
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Dec. – Dec. 20 The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority is now accepting applications for grants to assist farmers with business planning expenses for projects that develop, process, or market agricultural goods. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and applications will be scored based on their economic development potential for the agriculture industry, credibility and merit, probability of near-term commercialization and practical application of project results, source and level of matching funds and the likelihood of a project’s success. The maximum individual grant is $200,000. Applicants are required to provide a 10 percent cash match toward eligible expenses, which do not include operating expenses, salaries, or capital improvements. These grants are funded by contributions made to MASBDA through the purchase of tax credits. Applications must be received by MASBDA no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. For more information on the program and complete guidelines, visit the Missouri Department of Agriculture website or contact MASBDA by calling (573) 751-2129.
Dec.-Feb. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation eagle days will hold events around the state. Events include live captive-eagles, exhibits, activities, videos, and guides with spotting scopes. From December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular because of our big rivers, many lakes, and wetlands. For more information on these events, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/events/eagledays
Dec. 10 The Missouri Department of Conservation will host an open house 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the El Dorado Springs office, 1109 S. Main St., just north of U.S. 54. Celebrate nature and the outdoors with the staff that helps manage the prairies, woodlands and waters in a wildlife-rich area of west central Missouri. Staff will hold drawings for MDC calendars and books such as “Cooking Wild In Missouri” and “Missouri’s Wild Mushroom.” Attendees can pick up free tree saplings for planting. Kids’ games will be offered. The office also has some wildlife and aquarium displays for visitors to see. The open house is a chance to purchase items for Christmas gift giving. For more information, call 417-876-5792.
Jan. 2-4 The 2014 Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) Convention and Trade Show will take place at the Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Jan. 2-4, 2014. The three-day convention will kick-off with a welcome reception and dance. Other events, such as Cattlemen’s College and the Cattlemen’s Chuck Wagon Luncheon will provide both an inside look at the industry and entertainment for the whole family. The convention deadline for discounted hotel group rates and pre-registration is Dec. 13. To register, click here or contact MCA Director of Membership Katie Steen for more information, at email@example.com or call 573-499-9162. For hotel reservations call Tan-Tar-A Resort at 1(800)-826-8272.
Jan. 18th There will be a benefit for Denise Windsor at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge beginning at 5p.m. there will be a meal with a free will donation,silent , and live auction beginning at 7p.m. with a DJ following. Anyone wishing to donate to the auction can contact Cindy Jones, Shirley Marriott, Debbie Hartwig , Susie Watson, Debbie Ponting, Stacy Nier, Donna Callen, Randy & Diane Dinwiddle, Amy Anderson, or Janet Gannan.
Jan. 23-25 The Heart of America Dairy Expo, presented by Hiland Dairy Foods, will be held on January 23-25 2014 at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Missouri. This event will offer dairy farmers in the Mid-west an alternative for education programming that’s closer to home and made for our needs. Meal reservations are requested and may be made by viewing www.heartofamericadairy.org for more details and the complete expo schedule. Sleeping room reservations may be made by calling the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center directly at 417-866-5253 or 888-532-4338 and ask for the Heart of America Dairy Expo room block. For more information, visit www.beefusa.org.
Jan. 25 The Northwest Regional 4-H Energizer will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Elementary School. Workshops that will be part of the event include gardening, robotics, shooting sports, quilting, filmmaking and more. Cost is $10 per person. You can get the registration form at http://extension.missouri.edu/calendar/DisplaySingleEvent.aspx?E=233417&S=1.
Feb. 4-7 The 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show is being held in Nashville, TN. This is the oldest and largest convention for the cattle business. The convention and trade show create a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together to network, create policy for the industry and to have some fun! If you’re in the cattle business, then you need to be at the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show. – See more at: http://www.beefusa.org/cattleindustryannualconvention.aspx#sthash.5qFjmzFI.dpuf
Feb. 8 The Missouri Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting Community Center, in Nevada, MO. For more information (after January 1st) go to www.missourinutgrowers.org