July 19, 2001

Area Producers Flock To Governors Agricultural Task Force Meeting

Incentives for beginning farmers and those wanting to add value to their goods. Better access to organic and locally grown foods. Technical and financial support for the state's struggling dairy industry. Programs that encourage cattle owners to finish their livestock in Missouri, rather than shipping them to other states to be fed.

These are just a few of the ideas that cropped up at the first two regional meetings conducted by members of Gov. Bob Holden's "One Missouri, One Agriculture" task force. The task force held public meetings in St. Joseph and Kirksville on July 10 and 11 respectively.

The forums are intended to get recommendations from farmers and others involved in agriculture on how to improve Missouri's agriculture industry.

The St. Joseph meeting drew about 135 people to the Holiday Inn Riverfront. More than 30 people addressed the task force on issues ranging from educating young people about the importance of agriculture to repealing the state's disputed livestock marketing law. A number of speakers encouraged sustainable agriculture practices that would be more environmentally friendly and provide organic products that are high in demand.

In Kirksville, 150 people attended the session, with close to 40 speaking on matters affecting them and their agricultural operations. Some railed against corporate farms and decried the trend toward consolidation in Missouri's agricultural industry. Others gave first-hand accounts of how the large livestock operations had allowed them to stay on the family farm.

Several farmers called for more sensible government regulations for their farm operations, as well as for farm programs.

The testimonials were given to a panel of the industries leaders from across the state including a pair of local producers. Both John Eggleston and Brent Rockhold were on hand for the meeting to take the speakers ideas on to the governor for consideration.

Putnam County farmer Bill Bruce told the committee members that the state needs facilities to slaughter cattle and other livestock.

Missouri has no facility to kill either swine or cattle and yet we are the #2 cattle producer in the United States," Bruce said. "It's pretty sad when you consider that the livestock shown at the Missouri State Fair are killed in Iowa. We need packers plain and simple."

Bruce also discussed the livestock price discrimination law, which has come under fire in recent weeks. He compared the situation to Wall Street where stocks are sold by an open outcry from the buyers allowing all involved to know the prices. He said knowledge of prices being paid is crucial to the sellers.

"The law has its flaws but we cannot scrap the whole thing as this protection is essential," Bruce said.

Cathy Chinn of Shelby County presented the committee with her concerns regarding the Department of Natural Resources and growing regulations.

Chinn told the story of her family farm, which has been a hog producer for 30 years. She stated that the increasing environmental laws that are targeted for large producers are not meeting their goals while at the same time are truly hurting the small family farms.

She stressed that government needs to avoid making knee jerk legislation, which she called emotion based, and instead research the impact the changing environmental laws will have on all involved.

Of interest to the local dairy producers was the testimony given by Kevin Frackenbach of Hannibal. He told the gathering that Missouri is a milk deficit state, meaning that milk is imported from out of state.

He reported that since 1990 Missouri's dairy herd has shrank by 36,000 cows, including 5,000 alone in 2000. He noted that each cow represents more than $8,000 in economic activity, meaning the loss of those cows since 1990 has meant a decline of more than $40 million to the state economy.

Frackenbach noted that while Missouri is witnessing declining milk production, neighboring states like Kansas and Nebraska are growing their herds thanks to state aid in the form of tax abatements and lower utility rates.

"It's not a matter of can the state afford to help increase Missouri's dairy herd, but rather can we afford not to," he said.

Rett Hunziker of Knox County discussed proposed changes in the EPA regulations for run off and total maximum daily loads. He stated the increased regulations will simply be an added burden on the producer and will increase production costs.

He raised a valid point by indicating that farmers are one of the few manufacturers that cannot pass on increases in production costs in the form of higher prices since they do not set the final sale price.

Several speakers hit on the idea of niche marketing and selling locally. Terry Spence of Putnam County talked about the Harmony Beef Products, which sells antibiotic and hormone, free beef to local markets.

Dan Kibbler of Columbia asked for state aid to build a facility for a farmers market in Columbia which would serve 14 counties and do as much as $1 million in business each year. He noted other states like Tennessee and the Carolinas support the farmers markets through the construction of state facilities.

Another idea discussed was a "Food Circle" which is being implemented in Columbia. A neighborhood joins together and agrees buy all products locally. The circle also works to train other buyers such as restaurants and grocery stores of the local products. The idea also could include mandates for publicly funded facilities such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes buy locally raised foods.

Another facet of the presentation included testimony from several young people discussing the plight of agriculture's future in the state.

Justin Kelley, an agriculture student at Truman State University discussed his future plans. He stressed that farming must be able to show young people that they can make a profit or youth will not get involved in the field.

He has come to the realization that he will never be able to go back to the family farm. Instead he has decided to study law in order to make a living so that he can try to break into farming at a later date.

"I hope to be able to work as a lawyer and make enough money to eventually return to farming as a weekend warrior," he said. "That's about the only way young people can go into farming from scratch is as a hobby on the weekends. Besides I am telling everyone in the ag school that I'm taking law courses so that I can go into farming and then handle my own farm's bankruptcy case."

While many of the speakers were talking about the ills of big business and corporate farming, several local producers were on hand to praise the impact of Premium Standard Farms.

Several producers noted that the company has allowed farmers a secure income through the contract raising of hogs. The producer simply provides the land and the building while PSF supplies the hogs as well as a set contract purchase price at the end of the contract.

James Rhodes of Lucerne told the committee how the PSF contracts allowed him a chance to get back into farming. After completing college he knew he could not make a living on the family farm. He reported that only three of his 80 classmates from high school are involved in agriculture and it would only have been two if it were not for PSF.

In all nearly 40 speakers took the microphone and offered their suggestions on how to improve agriculture in Missouri.

"These first two public hearings have given the task force plenty of food for thought and have yielded a number of excellent ideas that have great potential for moving the state's agriculture industry forward," said Lowell Mohler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the task force chairman.

"We are excited about the input we have received and look forward to working with Gov. Holden to develop a blueprint for Missouri agriculture in the 21st century."

Holden created the task force to examine issues facing Missouri farmers and agribusinesses and to look at problems in the industry. The group is made up of 38 people representing farmers, agribusinesses, universities, commodity organizations and the legislature. The task force is divided into subcommittees that will address such issues as marketing, value-added ag, food safety and quality, biotechnology, transportation and the environment.

"While the outcome of these public forums is vital, so is the process," said Larry Harper, a Bates County pecan and walnut grower and task force member. "Anyone who participates in these meetings will leave with a better understanding of what producers are up against, and we will be able to address issues both individually within our organizations and as a task force."

Holden plans to present the task force's findings at the annual Governor's Conference on Agriculture in December. He has said the grassroots information will likely drive state agriculture policy and legislation.

Scotland County Library Presents ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages three through 6th grade with programs and prizes.

Registration for “Build a Better World” begins Monday, June 5th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 21st.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

Weekly programs will also be presented at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday beginning June7th. The first program will feature Jeff Dyer’s presentation of a famous Scotland County resident.  On June 14th, Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Department of Conservation will give an animal presentation.  Other programs will include the Scotland County R-1 FFA presenting a Petting Zoo, Kim Ludwick of the Scotland County Health Department, and Brian Whitney and members of the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Departments.

For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.  All programs are free of charge.

Residential Terrace Hosts 20th Annual Car Show

The soggy streets and roads didn’t keep 30 diehard vehicles from showing off at the 20th Annual Residential Terrace Car Show on Saturday, May 20th.

The residents of both the Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace were thrilled to view the vehicles in the parking lot. The weather threatened rain and was chilly so most viewing was from the many windows. Some brave residents ventured out for a closer look.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg awarded Alan Hufford with the Mayor’s Award for his bright yellow 1972 Chevy Nova.

The residents chose a red 1993 Chevy S-10 owned by John and Donna Austin from Memphis as their favorite color.

The vehicle with the most memories was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Ewing and Louise Dean from Kirksville.

The fun car award was a 1965 Volkswagen owned by Larry and Michell Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

The fancy car award was a 2015 Chevrolet SS owned by Michell and Larry Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

Peoples’ choice award was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible owned by Gary Harris from Moulton, IA.

Other awards for the top 10 cars, top 3 pickups and top motorcycle were awarded also.

A special plaque was awarded to Jerry Grosenkemper for his volunteering and dedication for the past 20 years of this car show.

As always, the organizers expressed their appreciation to all who helped and participated in this year’s show.

Tague Attends ‘Chosin Few’ Reunion in Springfield

Left to right: Don “Buck” Tague, Dr. Baes Suk Lee, Jong Kook Lee. Baes Suk Lee (center) was part of the Army in Korea, serving as an interpreter – in his capacity to do so – even though he was a youth at the time. He came to the U.S. post Korean War. Jong Kook Lee (right) , the Consulate General of the Republic of (South) Korea , stationed in Chicago, presented Tague (and other veterans) with the Korean Government’s Ambassador of Peace Medal at this reunion.

submitted by Sandra Kalman

Don “Buck” Tague of Gorin attended a Korean War battle reunion in Springfield, Missouri, May 18 to 20.

Commemorating the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir, survivors of that battle have taken to calling themselves: “The Chosin Few.”

This particular reunion was the U.S. Army Chapter reunion of The Chosen Few – another association holds reunions for both Marines and Army survivors together and Tague attends those Korean War reunions too.  He also attends World War II reunions with his Patton’s Third Army 65th Infantry Division Association.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted from late November, 1950, until the end of December, making this reunion not quite 67 years post battle.  Details of the battle are not pretty.  Tague played a part in the Army’s 79th Construction Engineering Battalion in Korea.

An interesting editorial written about this reunion by a local Springfield physician, Yung Hwang, M. D., published prior to the reunion, said the purpose of this reunion was “To honor the surviving veterans and the memory of those who died during that decisive battle…”

Hwang said:  “On the eve of Chosin Few coming to town, the Korean community will warmly welcome and happily join in their memorial service as we are also hoping North Korean and Chinese communism will stop their bad behaviors against the world.”

Several highlights of the reunion are described in text accompanying photographs in a Fathers’ Day ad, placed here by Tague’s proud children.

About the general feeling of the reunion, Buck’s son, David, said:  “They were glad to be here.”

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

Friday, May 26 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 30 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Pears, Cookies

Wednesday, May 31 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 1 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Regularly Scheduled Audit of Scotland County Underway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 19, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of Scotland and Mercer counties, located in northern Missouri.  Audit staff is on-site in both locations, and Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to submit concerns or information through the dedicated hotline.

“The public deserves a government that is transparent and works efficiently on behalf of its citizens,” Auditor Galloway said. “These audits will provide an independent review, and I encourage anyone who has information to contact my Whistleblower Hotline.”

The most recent audits of Scotland and Mercer counties were completed in 2013 and both counties received good ratings.

Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this or any audit may contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

MLRA Late Models to Highlight June 1st Races at Scotland County Speedway

Racing action will return to Scotland County Speedway next week as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will kick off a three-day circuit across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa with a stop in Memphis on Thursday, June 1st.

The MLRA event will highlight a full schedule of events at SCS, paying $3,000 to win the late model feature. Modifieds, sport models and stock cars will all be racing for a $1,000 top prize with sport compacts battling for a $300 payday.

The track will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for practice at $25 per car. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The local event is being sponsored by J & J Ag, Memphis Pepsi-Cola, Brain’s Foundation Repair and Crop Production Services.

The MLRA will be racing May 25-27th in Wheatland, MO. After the Memphis stop, the late models will be in action Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA before heading to Randolph County Speedway in Moberly on Saturday.

On May 4th-6th the circuit was in Iowa, racing at Lee County Speedway, Davenport and Independence with Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer all picking up wins. Thus far in 2017, five races in the books have generated five different winners for the MLRA.

Rush Releases Latest Book ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!’

Pastor Terry Rush is no stranger to the people of his hometown, Memphis. But while Scotland County residents may know Rush from his frequent visits back home for speaking engagements, or as readers of his newspaper column of one of his books, his latest release starts with a revealing confession.

“All I ever wanted to be was famous.” That is the statement Rush offers to open “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!”, his newest book fresh off the press.

Of course that confession was made tongue-in-cheek to the high school guidance counselor, as Rush was clinging to his dream of one day becoming a St. Louis Cardinal. Fittingly enough, he offered stand-up comedian, as his backup plan.

It turns out, God had other plans for Terry. While his professional baseball career never took off, Rush has had plenty of brushes with the fame he joked about.

After offering more than a dozen publication’s Rush penned his latest book in which he reveals how God has continued to send him to the right place at the right time, over and over again, to minister to the famous.

“In my younger days, I would never have guessed that the famous need and want spiritual and emotional support,” said Rush. “Surprised me. We tend to think they’ve got it made. Think again. They need people who care; just as we do.”

It has been the stories of meeting some of these needs that has led Rush to fulfill the new book’s subtitle, “Experiencing God Beyond Imagination”.

“I love people,” Rush says in the opening chapter of the book. “The famous have been ignored because it seems they are assumed to be both unneedy and unreachable. Fans just figure they have no problems.”

Rush goes on to explain in the book that his stardom, didn’t come from becoming a St. Louis Cardinal baseball player as he dreamed of as a young man, but instead only after he became a pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and happened upon an ad for adults to attend a Cardinals Baseball Camp to play alongside past and current stars and coaches.

“When I read this article about playing baseball with these heroes, I wondered if God would use me to encourage them,” Rush says in the book. “As I thought of the possibilities, I wept.”

Little did he know that the Legends Camp would only be the beginning of the multitude of opportunities the Lord presented for Rush to interact with the famous and offer God’s encouragement. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a collection of stories about “chance” meetings Rush has had with a number of celebrities from the movies, sports, politics, the music industry and television. The book is packed with amazing encounters that surely cannot be true, yet they are. These things couldn’t happen to a man from rural northeast Missouri, yet they did.

The book is chocked full of such unbelievable experiences that have put Rush in the presence of the likes of Charlton Heston, Loretta Lynn and James MacArthur.

It is through these experiences that Rush has learned that we are all alike, adding that everyone has confidences that are often undermined by fears. The author sais he hopes his latest book will open readers’ hearts to new possibility and potential.

Copies of you “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” are available at J’s Foods in Memphis or can be ordered directly from Kelly Press, Inc. by calling 573-449-4163 or by emailing colin@kellypressinc.com.

Judge DeMarce to Address 71st Annual Memorial Day Services

Judge Karl DeMarce will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Flody C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor Leon Buford, also a Scotland County veteran, will lead the invocation prior to the playing of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I band. The Memphis Community Players will keep the music flowing with a series of patriotic selections.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following DeMarce’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy accompanied by Connie Courtney.

Following the benediction by Buford, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 28.  There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

BABY FUNK

Casey and April Funk of Coatsville, MO are the parents of a son, Carter Bret Funk, born May 10, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Carter weighed 7 lbs 1.8 oz and was 20.75 inches long. He has a sibling, Caley Archer. Grandparents are Chris and Ida Archer of Moulton, IA; Ralph Funk of Coatsville, MO; and Judy Funk of Coatsville, MO.

BABY KEEFE

Kara Ball of Kahoka and Johnathon Keefe of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Michael Raymond Keefe, born May 16, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Michael weighed 7 lbs 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David and Stacie Parson of Lawrence, Patrick Keefe of Keokuk, and Alicia Boyd of Eureka.

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