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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 […]

Pressure Expected for Corn, Soybean Prices

Pressure Expected for Corn, Soybean Prices

COLUMBIA .– Commodity prices both in the U.S. and worldwide are under pressure and likely to remain so for quite a while. University of Missouri Extension ag economist David Reinbott says it is because of supply and demand. “We’re looking at record corn and soybean yields in the United States,” Reinbott says. “While demand is […]

Apple Blossoms in Autumn?

Apple Blossoms in Autumn?

by Andrea Brassfield Some area residents have noticed an unusual sight… blossoms on their apple trees! This photo was brought in by Mary Morgan and is a picture of Coney Baker’s apple tree with new blossoms and ripe apples. Not to worry, claims Orange Pippen Fruit Trees, a website specializing in fruit trees and fruiting […]

FFA Livestock Judging Teams Bring Home Honors

FFA Livestock Judging Teams Bring Home Honors

The Memphis FFA livestock judging teams traveled to the John Wood Community College agriculture center in​ Perry, IL on Friday, September 19th to compete. The teams judged nine classes – three cattle, two sheep, one goat and three pigs. There were 126 individuals making up 34 teams that judged.  Memphis team #1 members were Tasha […]

Lower Corn Prices May Lower Cash Rent Prices

Lower Corn Prices May Lower Cash Rent Prices

Missouri cash rent prices for cropland could drop in the next few years due to lower corn and bean prices, says Joe Koenen, University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist. Landowners attending an MU Extension webinar on leasing discussed Missouri cash rent county estimates released Sept. 5 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Estimates from […]

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