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Secretary of Agriculture Designates 98 Missouri Counties as Primary Disaster Areas

Secretary of Agriculture Designates 98 Missouri Counties as Primary Disaster Areas

The Secretary of Agriculture designated 98 Missouri counties as primary agricultural disaster areas making certain farmers and other agricultural producers in primary and contiguous counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). The following counties were designated as primary disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall and […]

Farmers Elevator & Produce Members Approve Merger with Prairieland FS

Farmers Elevator & Produce Members Approve Merger with Prairieland FS

MERGER APPROVED – With 195 yes votes, or more than 85% of the cooperatives members casting affirmative ballots, the proposed merger of Farmers Elevator and Produce of Memphis with Prairieland FS was officially approved at a membership meeting held August 25th at the Scotland County Fitness Center. Pictured (L to R) are Prairieland FS board […]

Co-op Members to Decide Fate of Farmers Elevator & Produce

Co-op Members to Decide Fate of Farmers Elevator & Produce

An August 25th vote of the members of the Farmers Elevator and Produce No. 53 cooperative in Memphis will determine the future of the farmer-owned agri-services group that has been in business in Scotland County for 95 years. The 228 patron members of the cooperative will be deciding a ballot issue for a proposed merger […]

America’s Farmers making a positive impact in Missouri

America’s Farmers Grow Communities will partner again with farmers to award more than $3.3 million to community nonprofits across the country. In Missouri, 72 organizations will receive donations in 2016. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in rural communities by giving farmers a chance to direct $2,500 […]

Grazing School to be Held in Clark County

Grazing School to be Held in Clark County

A two day Management Intensive Grazing School will be held in Clark County, Missouri, on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29th.  It will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.  The school is one of several regional grazing schools held in Missouri each […]

Weather Challenges Affecting Missouri Agriculture 

Weather Challenges Affecting Missouri Agriculture 

Frequent and heavy rains this spring and summer have resulted in unprecedented challenges to plant, crop, and animal agriculture. Most cattle producers are familiar with the term fescue endophyte and the associated problems that arise with grazing Kentucky 31 fescue. However, there are fewer that may have heard of or understand the differences between endophyte […]

Soggy-Bottom Blues Killing the Green

Soggy-Bottom Blues Killing the Green

by Linda Geist, University of Missouri Extension Rain continues to reign in Missouri’s corn and soybean fields. The type and location of flooding determines damage to planted crops, says University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Bill Wiebold. An understanding of flooding can help farmers consider options and risks. According to Wiebold, three factors determine how […]

Enrollment Open for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program  

Enrollment Open for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program  

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of […]

Forget April — May Had All the Showers

Forget April — May Had All the Showers

by Debbie Johnson, University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA – No surprise, Missouri had a lot of rain in May. “May was very wet for all of Missouri, especially in western parts of the state where many locations saw more than 10 inches of rain,” said Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture […]

‘Triple Whammy’ for Missouri Farmers

‘Triple Whammy’ for Missouri Farmers

by Linda Geist University of Missouri Extension  Missouri ranks ninth in planting progress among Midwestern soybean-growing states. “Missouri farmers face a triple whammy of prevented corn planting, delayed soybean planting, and poor crop vigor because of cloudy skies and wet soil,” says University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold. With heavy rains forecast for […]

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