Category Archives: AGRICULTURE

Scotland County Vet Clinic to Host Rabies Clinic

Written on April 25, 2017 at 2:24 pm, by

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. It is important to have your pets vaccinated because, although a majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, most humans […]

Plants and Natural Remedies Used to Repel Insects

Written on April 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm, by

by Andrea Brassfield With threats of a buggy spring and summer, enjoying the great outdoors might be a little trickier, especially if you aren’t a fan of chemical pesticides and bug sprays.  Fortunately, some selective planting in your landscape can also help with pesky, unwanted guests who want to crash your party. Many decorative flowers […]

Johnston, Fellow WIU Ag Students Win National Honors

Written on April 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm, by

MACOMB, IL – Three Western Illinois University School of Agriculture students won awards in the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization Conference March 14 in St. Charles, MO.  Kylee Johnston, a junior agriculture major from Memphis, MO, won first place in the Career Progress Horticulture, Environmental and Natural Resource System category; Brandon Livingston, a freshman […]

Extension to Offer Private Pesticide Applicator Training in Memphis

Written on February 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm, by

Private Pesticide Applicator Training will be offered on Tuesday March 7 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Memphis Housing Authority meeting room on Cornelius Avenue. Park by the meeting room/office. Each training session will last approximately two hours. In order to obtain or renew private pesticide applicator certification each individual must attend one […]

Tightening Profit Margins Means Farmers Must Control Costs

Written on February 10, 2017 at 11:23 am, by

Higher production costs and lower commodity prices mean farmers must control costs more carefully than ever, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist Ray Massey. Land, seed and fertilizer are the largest production costs for row crop operations. “If you can lower these costs by 10 percent, it is like lowering other production costs by […]

Extension to Offer Annie’s Project – Farm Management for Women

Written on February 10, 2017 at 10:47 am, by

University of Missouri Extension is offering Annie’s Project beginning March 2.   The deadline to enroll is February 27.  The course is targeted towards farm women, women landowners and new farmers. The course includes six evening sessions (Thursday evenings) –March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6.  The location for this course is the Adair […]

4-H Council Nominates Local Leaders for State Awards

Written on January 31, 2017 at 10:44 pm, by

The Scotland County 4-H Council held their January meeting on January 18th at the Scotland County Court House. President Luke Triplett called the meeting to order. Each club will need to pay $10 per member to the council for the Salary Account. Jolly Jacks and Jills have 24 members, Azen Jolly Timers have 32 members, […]

Livestock Judging Dream Comes True for Eggleston-Wood Sisters

Written on January 31, 2017 at 10:42 pm, by

ed Every Collegiate Livestock judger’s dream is to be able to judge at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. That dream came true for two local sisters on January 13, 2017. Tasha and Taylar Eggleston-Wood recently competed in Denver, Colorado with the John Wood Community College (JWCC) Livestock Judging Team. The two of […]

MU Extension Offers Upcoming Program on Livestock Risk Protection

Written on January 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm, by

University of Missouri Extension offers livestock producers an opportunity to learn about price risk protection to manage some of the market uncertainty, states Darla Campbell, University of Missouri Extension Agricultural Business Specialist.  Crop insurance is widely used, while Livestock Risk Protection, the livestock equivalent, is underutilized.  As profit margins narrow for livestock producers in this […]

USDA Announces Additional Financial Incentives for CRP Participants to Improve Forest Health, Enhance Wildlife Habitat

Written on December 27, 2016 at 3:46 pm, by

In an effort to improve wildlife habitat and the health of private forest lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced last week that additional incentives are available for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to actively manage forest lands enrolled in the program. “Many CRP forests were initially established to conserve […]