Category Archives: AGRICULTURE

Chinese Delegates Agree to Buy $2.1 Billion More U.S. Soybeans

Written on October 18, 2016 at 7:58 pm, by

DES MOINES (Oct. 14, 2016) – Six weeks ago, Chinese buyers committed to purchase nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy, totaling 146 million bushels of U.S. soybeans. Friday, Chinese buyers made an even larger commitment, signing contracts worth $2.1 billion of U.S. soy, or 5.1 million tons. The new commitments were signed at a […]

USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Farmers in Response to 2015 Market Downturn  

Written on October 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm, by

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning today, many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year. “This fall, USDA will be making […]

Scotland County FSA Acreage Reporting Dates for 2017

Written on October 18, 2016 at 5:59 pm, by

Scotland County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Jennifer Brummit announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below for 2017. “In order to comply with […]

Bumper Crop May Cause Storage Woes for Local Farmers

Written on October 11, 2016 at 5:40 pm, by

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent crop production report estimates corn production up by 11 percent over last year. while forecasting a 3 percent increase in soybeans, meaning crop producers will have more grain to sell at lower prices in 2016. Storage might become tight after this year’s excellent wheat yields, says University of Missouri […]

New Cash Rental Survey Shows Some Downward Trends

Written on October 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm, by

The latest USDA cash rental survey shows decreasing rental rates in some areas of Missouri, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Joe Koenen. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its annual survey September 9th. Atchison County in extreme northwest Missouri topped the state report with rental rates of $192 an acre, with […]

Continued Growth In Meat Supply Hurting Livestock Prices

Written on September 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm, by

As a livestock economist, Scott Brown hears the same question every day: “How low can prices go?” The University of Missouri Extension specialist can’t say when prices will hit bottom, as many factors affect the sharp decline. That includes weather, dollar strength and exports. “The growing meat supply is a big factor,” Brown told the […]

Chinese Buyers Commit to Buy Nearly 1.8 Billion Dollars of U.S. Soy at 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange

Written on September 8, 2016 at 10:29 am, by

Agreement shows U.S. farmers continue to produce high-quality, sustainable soybeans As U.S. farmers prepare to harvest their 2016 soybean crops, customers in China are committing to purchase them. Buyers from China have committed to buy nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy, totaling 146 million bushels of U.S. soybeans. Several of these commitments were made […]

Rep. Craig Redmon Recognized by Missouri Farm Bureau as a “Friend of Agriculture” 

Written on September 8, 2016 at 8:54 am, by

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –The state’s largest agriculture organization recently presented state Rep. Craig Redmon with a 2016 Friend of Agriculture Award. The Missouri Farm Bureau presented Rep. Redmon with the award on September 1 at the annual meeting of the Adair/Schuyler County Farm Bureau. The Missouri Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture Award is presented each […]

4-H and FFA Youth Exhibit at 2016 Missouri State Fair

Written on September 6, 2016 at 11:54 am, by

Scotland County was well represented at the 2016 Missouri State Fair.  Youth from Scotland County exhibited cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and rabbits. Those 4-H members exhibiting cattle were: Abby Huff – Hereford heifer 3rd place; Mason Mallett – Maine-Tainer heifer 3rd place; Taylar Eggleston-Wood –  Simmental Cow/calf 1st place and Grand Champion Cow/calf  4-H; William […]

Greenley Research Center Field Day Draws 300 Guests 

Written on August 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm, by

The wagon tours were packed throughout the morning as more than 300 attendees enjoyed presentations and discussions during the 39th annual Greenley Research Center Field Day on Tuesday, August 9. Attendees were able to take part in three tours – pest management, agronomy and beef. “The turnout and the weather were both really good,” Greenley […]