A Word for Representative Steve Lynch
The farm-to-table program embraces a sustainable approach
to agriculture and dining. At its heart, the concept is simple:
there is value in eating locally. The movement, which has recently
picked up mo-mentum, touts the benefits reaped by those who both
produce and consume local food -- as well as the environment as
On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, I presented my HB1747,
the Farm-To-Table Act, to the Missouri House Agriculture Policy
Committee. This bill changes the name of the current Farm-to-School
Program to the Farm-to-Table Program, and expands the current program
that includes only schools to also include schools, correctional
facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, and military bases.
If passed, the bill would require the Department of
Agriculture to estab-lish program goals, including that participating
institutions must purchase at least ten percent of their food locally
by December 31, 2019.
The bill also changes and expands the Farm-to-School
Taskforce to the Farm-To-Table Taskforce to include a representative
from the Missouri Departments of Corrections and Health and Senior
Services and a representative from one of the state's military bases.
The Director of the Department of Corrections will appoint one person
who is employed as a correctional facility food service director
and the Director of the Depart-ment of Health and Senior Services
will appoint one person who is employed as a hospital or nursing
home food services director.
The bill has an effective date of January 1, 2017.
SBA Stands Ready to Assist Missouri Businesses and Residents
Affected by Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds and Flooding
Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Missouri
businesses and residents as a result of President Obama's major
disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator
Maria Contreras-Sweet announced.
The declaration covers the Barry, Barton, Camden, Cape Girardeau,
Cole, Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Jefferson,
Laclede, Lawrence, Lincoln, Maries, McDonald, Morgan, Newton, Osage,
Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Scott, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis,
Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright counties
as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds
and flooding that occurred December 23, 2015 - January 9, 2016.
"The SBA is strongly committed to providing Missouri with
the most effective and customer-focused response possible and with
access to federal disaster loans to help Missouri businesses and
residents affected by this disaster," said Contreras-Sweet.
"Getting our businesses and communities up and running after
a disaster is our highest priority at SBA."
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may
borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed
real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business
assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners
to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize
the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses
engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations
of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to
help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance
is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair
or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters
are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed
Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625
percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.813 percent for
homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and
terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant's financial
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, victims
must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at
(800) 621-FEMA (3362). As soon as Federal-State Disaster Recovery
Centers open throughout the affected area, SBA will provide one-on-one
assistance to disaster loan applicants. Additional information and
details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available
by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955.
Volunteer Shifts Needing To Be Filled
Friday, Feb. 5
10 am - 12 pm 1 person
12 pm - 3 pm 1 person
3 pm - 6 pm 1 person
Saturday, Feb. 6
10 am - 12 pm 1 person
12 pm - 3 pm 2 people
3 pm - 7 pm 2 people
Sunday, Feb. 7
12 pm - 3 pm 2 people
3 pm - 6 pm 5 people
If you could assist with any of these shifts, please let us know
by calling 573-329-2039.
Emerging Leaders Information Meeting
February 5, 2-4 p.m.
Webster University East Academic Building
545 Garden Avenue, Room 102
St. Louis, MO 63119
Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-emerging-leaders-information-session-tickets-20474138700
SBA St. Louis is funded for the sixth consecutive year to offer
the Emerging Leaders executive level training initiative. The goal
of the program is to identify existing urban based small businesses
that show a high potential for growth and to provide them with the
network, resources and motivation required to build a sustainable
business of size and scale.
A limited number of slots are open for businesses that meet the
At least $400,000 in annual sales up to $10 million
At least 3 years in business
At least 1 employee in addition to the owner
Participant must be a key decision maker within the company such
as the CEO, COO, CFO, Owner, President.
The program requires participants commit to a total 100 hours,
including 40 hours of in class training, Seven CEO mentoring meetings,
and course work assignments. Classes begin in April and run through
October. At the end of the program, participants will have a three
year strategic plan tailored to their business and a network of
business resources they can tap into going forward. Training is
free to selected participants.
For more information call Angie Wells at 314-539-6613 or via email
and you can visit the SBA Emerging Leaders webpage.
Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County Pulaski County Art Competition
Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County will be having an Art Competition
Fundraiser on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at OTC in Waynesville.
Winners in each category will receive cash prizes, and at the conclusion
of the competition, all artwork submitted will be auctioned off
via silent auction. All proceeds from this event will stay in Pulaski
County, and go towards necessary repairs, projects, and new home
Competition is open to all high school students in Pulaski County,
but will be open to the public to view and bid during the silent
Sponsorship opportunities for this event are also available. This
is a great opportunity to recognize local talent, obtain some fantastic
art work, and have your business recognized as an event sponsor,
all while supporting and helping to improve your local community.
Please check our Facebook Page at Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski
County, Missouri or email us at email@example.com
for more information.
There is currently some vacancies at Hickory Ridge Apartments;
2/3 bedroom. I have attached a flyer- anyone interested please call for more information. Thanks!!!
Dian Mitschele, Community Manager Pointe Lookout Villas & Hickory Ridge 121 Point Lookout Drive in St. Robert.
2016 Ozark Rivers Earth Day Poster and Trash Art Contest
In order to participate, students need to attend school or be homeschooled
in one of the following counties: Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries,
Phelps, Pulaski or Washington. The contest is open to all students.
First place winners receive an earth- friendly prize valued at approximately
$30. Second place winners receive an earth-friendly prize valued
at approximately $10. Honorable mentions will receive an earth-friendly
prize valued at $5.
Entries should be left at the county clerk's office of your local
courthouse to be picked up by the district or delivered directly
to MRPC, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, Mo. before March 18, 2016.
*If submitting more than five trash art projects, please contact
the district to arrange transport.
Recycling Resources Too!
For further questions or to request resources please contact Jill
Hollowell with Ozark Rivers at 573-265-2993 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frost Seeding Improves Pasture Quality and Quantity
For livestock producers who want to improve pasture quality and
quantity, frost seeding legumes is an economical practice, and February
through early March is the ideal time to accomplish this task.
Frost seeding is a simple process of broadcasting seeds during
the late winter months and allowing the natural cycle of freezing/thawing
ground to work the seed into the top crust of the soil to germinate.
Typically, legumes such as red and white clovers are the best choice
for frost seeding, as they offer not only a higher quality diet
to the grazing animal, but are also varieties that germinate in
colder temperatures and survive late frosts. The real benefit to
legumes is their higher energy and protein content and their ability
to fix nitrogen and feed grass in the next growing season.
There are several things to keep in mind when planning to frost
seed legumes into your pasture. Legumes like a higher soil pH and
typically require higher phosphorus and potassium levels to ensure
good germination and early plant growth. Identifying these fields
with better soil fertility will be the best candidates for legumes,
and if no previous soil testing has been done in the last several
years, a soil test may be the best money you spend this year.
Another important tip is that for a frost seeding to be successful,
the seed must make contact with the soil. While this sounds simple,
producers will have better results when they target fields that
have been grazed fairly short or perhaps identify fields that have
been trampled this winter during heavy rains or feeding. These fields
are the best candidates as they not only allow for more seed to
soil contact, but also will have less aggressive grass stands to
compete with clover seedlings for sunlight and nutrients early in
the growing season.
Keep in mind that legumes require rhizobia bacteria to allow them
to grow and fix nitrogen. Fortunately, most seed sold today is pre-inoculated,
or "coated". If seed is not pre-inoculated, producers
must manually inoculate the seed, which can be tricky.
Also, producers should consider seed varieties and rates. While
there may be lower priced, "variety not stated" seed available,
improved varieties may offer longer life and more vigorous growth.
Seeding rates can vary but typically for pasture 1-3 lbs of white
clover and 3-6 lbs of red clover per acre are adequate. The seeding
rates are based on "pure live seed" and so purity and
seed germination rate must be considered and also realize that while
"coated seed" will likely offer a better germination/stand,
the weight of the coating reduces the number of viable seeds per
A broadcast seeder mounted on the back of an ATV, truck or tractor
will allow producers to cover many acres in a short time period.
Make sure to take time to calibrate your seeder for best results.
Historically, producers like to frost seed with a light snow on
the ground. However, the only real benefit from this practice is
to aid in applying the seed evenly by using the tracks in the snow.
Work in Kentucky has actually shown improved germination rates when
applied on ground with no snow cover.
Finally, good grazing management early in the growing season will
improve your frost seeding success. The key is uniform grazing early
in the season, which prevents the competing grasses from shading
out new seedlings, followed by a 3-4 week rest period. A rotational
grazing system will greatly aid in this management. Also, keep spring
nitrogen fertilizer to a minimum. Nitrogen in excess of 20 lbs/acre
will likely cause competitive grass species to crowd and shade out
new seedlings and provide disappointing results.
For more information on frost seeding or other forage management
practices, please contact Ted Cunningham at the Dent County MU Extension
Office at 573-729-3196 or email email@example.com.
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We're celebrating our Active Duty and DoD members with a special
referral offer. Invite members of the armed forces, DoD civilians
or contractors, or their dependents to join Navy Federal, and you'll
each get $25! To take advantage of this offer, visit this branch
anytime from Feb. 8 to Feb. 21.
Free Active Duty Checking®
Servicemembers get early access to military pay and up to $20 in
ATM fee rebates- all with no monthly service fee and no minimum
Forage and Beef Conference
The 2016 Forage and Beef Conference will be held February 29 at
the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cuba, MO. This year's event will
begin with registration at 12:30 and will include six guest speakers,
trade show and evening meal.
This year's list of speakers include Melinda Barch, NRCS District
Conservationist who will speak about livestock watering systems;
Mark Kennedy, Grazing Lands Specialist who will speak on fence systems;
Dr. David Patterson, University of Missouri Beef Reproduction Specialist,
who will provide information about the Show-Me-Select Replacement
Heifer Program; and Jared Decker, University of Missouri Beef Genetics
Specialist, who will speak on using DNA technology to improve commercial
beef herds. Additionally, Dr. Steve Strubberg and Dr. Hunt Tainter
will serve on the producer panel and will present information about
veterinary practices to improve heifer development and cow herd
The cost for the conference is $10 per person (payable at the door)
and includes the full afternoon of speakers, tradeshow, evening
meal and packet of handout materials. Please RSVP by February 16,
by calling the Crawford County Soil and Water Conservation District
at 573-364-6202, extension 3. Also, for more information visit www.extension.missouri.edu/dent
or contact Ted Cunningham, MU Extension Livestock Specialist at
573-729-3196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Opening with Morale, Welfare & Recreation
If you need assistance with help creating a USAjob.gov account,
uploading NAF applications or resumes into usajobs.gov. Please contact
the ACS Office for assistance. Ask for either Dan Danzo or Karen
Hall at (573) 596-0212.
Current Openings - Summer Hire vacancies
Food Service Worker (NF-02) Golf Course Recreation Aid (Lifeguard)
Laborer (Golf Course/Field Maintenance) Recreation Assistant (Golf
Lead Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard) NF-02 Small Engine Mechanic
Assistant Business Manager (Bowling) (NF-03) Bartender (NA-03)
Child & Youth Program Assistants Cook (NA-04) Food Service Workers
(NA-01) Food Service Workers (NA-02)
Operations Assistant (NF-02) Recreation Aids (NF-01)
Recreation Assistant (NF-03) Waiter (NA-02)
Ways to Apply:
1. To apply for the positions above, please visit usajobs.gov and
apply on line (in the location - type in Fort Leonard Wood and all
positions that are currently open will populate).
2. Have you worked for Army NAF within the last three years? You
may apply for non-competitive reinstatement into the same or equivalent
position in grade, or one with a lower rate of pay. This means you
can visit the NAF Personnel Office with the following documentations;
(1) Resume or DA 3433 (application for Nonappropriated Fund Employment)
(2) DA 3434 (Notification of Personnel Action) (3) Additional documentation
to meet qualification requirements (HS diploma, official college
transcripts, certifications, licenses, etc.) and be place on the
3. Visit the NAF Personnel Office in Person located in Building
470, Suite 1208 to pick up a Manual Application Package. IMPORTANT:
Applicants that choose the Manual Application Package, must still
complete the job related questions either online or manually (faxed)
prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement. If you wish
to complete them online, go to the 'apply online' button on the
vacancy announcement. If you wish to complete them manually, print
the full occupational questionnaire directly from the vacancy announcement
and complete and fax the 1203-FX form (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf)
to (478) 757-3144. Neglecting to respond to the job related questions
will result in an ineligible rating.
If you have any questions, issues applying on line, or need assistance,
The NAF Personnel Office is located at 13486 Replacement Avenue
(Building 470), Suite 1208, Fort Leonard Wood - Phone: (573) 596-0283
Hours of Operations: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 0800 -
1600 closed from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday 0800 - 11:30 and
closed in the afternoon.
The Department of Army Non-appropriated Fund Instrumentalities
are an equal opportunity employer.