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2014 Missouri Livestock Symposium December 5 & 6

2014 Missouri Livestock Symposium December 5 & 6

According to Garry L. Mathes, chair of the Missouri Livestock Symposium committee, “the 2014 Missouri Livestock Symposium features something for everyone.” This year’s Symposium will be held December 5 & 6 at the William Mathew Middle School, former Kirksville Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove in Kirksville, MO. There is no cost to attend and […]

Missouri’s Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Slightly Higher than National Average

  By Diane Olson Fall is in the air. Harvest is nearing completion. Thanksgiving is almost here! Thanksgiving brings together family and friends to share a mostly traditional meal and fellowship. As a child growing up in a family retail food business, I recall the frenzy of making sure all the staples for the feast […]

Memphis FFA Team Takes Fourth at Livestock Judging Contest

Memphis FFA Team Takes Fourth at Livestock Judging Contest

John Wood Community College recently held its 10th annual Invitational Livestock Judging Contest at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center.  The event was hosted by JWCC Agriculture Alumni Association and the Livestock Evaluation Club, and sponsored by ADM Alliance Nutrition and Moorman’s Showtec. A total of 237 students from 21 high schools participated in the contest. […]

Farmers, Ranchers Encouraged to Make  Voices Heard in FSA County Committee Elections

Farmers, Ranchers Encouraged to Make  Voices Heard in FSA County Committee Elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that beginning Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, USDA will mail ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country. Producers must […]

Farmers Confront Farm Bill Complexity, Four MU Extension Meetings To Clarify

Farmers Confront Farm Bill Complexity, Four MU Extension Meetings To Clarify

COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Farmers may not realize they face tough choices on federal crop programs,” says a University of Missouri economist.  “These issues affect farm success or failure.” “When crop prices soared, farmers didn’t need price protection,” says Scott Brown, Columbia. “After prices plunged, the 2014 farm bill’s safety net became critical.” Crop economists report […]

Governor Requests Major Disaster Declaration Following Severe Storms, Flooding in September

Governor Requests Major Disaster Declaration Following Severe Storms, Flooding in September

Storm system resulted in extensive and prolonged flooding, causing significant damage to roads and other infrastructure JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today requested a federal major disaster declaration for 20 northern Missouri counties as a result of a severe storm system that brought damaging straight line winds and widespread flooding to that part of […]

Can Woolly Bear Caterpillar Predict the Weather?

Can Woolly Bear Caterpillar Predict the Weather?

COLUMBIA – The woolly bear caterpillar (Pyrrharctia isabella), often called the “weather worm,” is said to predict what Old Man Winter has in store. Folklore says the narrower the reddish-brown band on the caterpillar, the more severe the winter. But the width may be a better indication of the previous winter and spring than a […]

New Farm Bill Program to Aid Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

New Farm Bill Program to Aid Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on October 21st the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe […]

MoDOT to Allow Overweight Loads of Grain

MoDOT to Allow Overweight Loads of Grain

JEFFERSON CITY – Recent heavy rains are hampering farmers’ efforts to harvest a bumper grain crop. As muddy fields dry, Missourians must race to draw grain from the fields and get it to market. At the request of Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced that Missouri […]

Farm Lease Educational Program November 6 in Kirksville

Farm Lease Educational Program November 6 in Kirksville

When should my tenant pay rent? How and when can my current lease be terminated? How much rent should I receive for my farm? These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the Farm Lease program to be held Thursday evening, November 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Adair County […]

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