Category Archives: AGRICULTURE

FDA Changes Coming for Livestock Owners in New Year 

Written on November 23, 2016 at 10:24 am, by

Livestock owners across Missouri are encouraged to be prepared for the upcoming Food and Drug Administration changes to antibiotics that will go into effect on Jan. 1.  Craig Payne, director of veterinary medical extension at the University of Missouri, said there are two main changes. The first deals with medically-important feed grade or water soluble […]

Missouri Voters to Decide Future of Sales Tax for State Parks, Soil and Water Conservation

Written on October 25, 2016 at 2:19 pm, by

Ever since 1984, 0.1 percent of sales made in Missouri has gone to fund state parks and soil and water conservation efforts in the Missouri in the form of a special sales tax. On November 8th, voters across the state will once again decide the future of the sales tax. Originating in a 1984 state […]

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 […]