Category Archives: AGRICULTURE

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 […]

Huff’s Polled Herefords Receive National Recognition, Award

Written on December 13, 2016 at 11:03 am, by

The American Hereford Association held it’s annual meeting this year in Kansas City from October 28th through November 2nd in conjunction with the American Royal. Traditionally during the annual banquet held each year in the Westin Hotel at the Crown Plaza, breeders from the United States as well as from several foreign countries are honored. […]

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 […]