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Sunday, January 4, 2009

New MSHP officer will begin work Monday in Troop E

POPLAR BLUFF -- A new Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper will report for duty in Troop E on Monday, following their recent graduation from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City.

Dennis W. McCormick has been assigned to Zone 10, which covers Dunklin County. His hometown is Campbell.

Probation and Parole employee of the quarter is selected

SIKESTON -- Jennifer Rukstad, a probation and parole officer, was recently selected as the employee of the month for the third quarter of Probation and Patole in the Department of Corrections.

Rukstad becan work with the DOC in February 2004 at the District 14 office in Sikeston. During her tenure, Rukstad has supervised a variety of caseloads in Scott County. She is also the assistant court liaison for the Scott County Circuit Court.

Local Cargill employee earns commodity trading license

SIKESTON -- Millie Dannenmueller, a grain origination specialist at Cargill AgHorizons in Sikeston, recently passed the Series 3 exam to fulfill her commodity-trading advisor licensing requirements with Cargill AgHorizons Marketing Services, or CAMS. With a CTA license, Dannenmueller can assist CAMS personal marketing managers to offer a broader range of grain marketing advisory services to area producers.

"Gaining a CTA license can be a painstaking process that requires a significant investment of an individual's time, energy and determination," said Kyle Kuepker, general manager of CAMS' Minneapolis headquarters. "However, the benefits are clear in providing a thorough education about the intricate and ever-changing world of commodity futures training. Millie's CTA license enhances her overall ability in helping her farmer customers prosper in their farm businesses.

CAMS is a consultative service designed to help producers plan and execute custom-tailored, grain-marketing programs to satisfy specific market information needs, taking into account each producer's risk-tolerance levels and farm business priorities.

A native of Blodgett, Dannenmueller is a Thomas W. Kelly High School graduate. She is registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as an associated person of CAMS, and a member of the National Futures Association.

Ag Expo 2009 is planned for Jan. 23 and 24 in Poplar Bluff

POPLAR BLUFF -- Ag Expo 2009, one of the largest farm trade shows in the region, is set for Jan. 23 and 24 at the Black River Coliseum.

Booths are now available to rent for the 23rd Expo, sponsored by the Butler County University of Missouri Extension Council and the Ag Club of Three Rivers Community College.

The Expo will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 and admission is free. There will be about 118 booths for people to visit and learn first-hand about agriculture and its importance to the economy. There will also be outdoor exhibits. Last year, 12,000 people attended.

There is entertainment for the whole family, including music, line dancing and clogging, ag seminars, beauty pageants and a toy tractor pedal pull contests for 4 to 9 year olds. FFA members can compete in tractor driving contests, there will also be a petting farm, old time auction, milking contest, ag photography contest, baking contest, and duck calling contest for adults and youth.

For more information on the expo, to rent booth space or register for the beauty contest, contact the Extension Center at 573-686-8064.

Small business marketing tip series planned for businesses

JACKSON -- A series of classes being sponsored by the local University of Missouri Extension Small Business Development Center in Jackson are designed to help the local business owner make more sense of their marketing options while increasing the value it can bring to the business.

A six week series called, "Small Business Marketing Tips" will kick off on at 6 p.m. Jan. 7. The classes will be held at the local Extension center, 684 West Jackson Trail in Jackson.

Seating for the classes is limited to 30 people. Reservations for attendance, as well as more information about each course, can be made by calling the MU Extension office at 573-243-3581. Refreshments will be available.

Participants can attend either all the classes or specific ones they feel will best benefit them.