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USDA to provide funding for construction of farm grain storage facilities in areas impacted by natural disasters

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available $20 million in cost-share assistance to help agricultural producers in Kentucky, Minnesota, South Dakota, and surrounding areas to rebuild storage facilities damaged by devastating natural disaster events in 2021 and 2022. This assistance will help producers who were hard-hit by disasters and […]

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Clash over climate change funding emerging in farm bill debate

(Missouri Independent) –  As lawmakers begin envisioning the next farm bill, some U.S. House Republicans are wary of making climate change a priority for farmers and ranchers. The pushback from Republicans at a Tuesday hearing came as the Biden administration has tried to make significant new investments in climate change mitigation on farmland, last week […]

Webinar

University of Missouri Extension to host free agriculture lenders webinar on October 7

The University of Missouri will host a free webinar for agricultural lenders, credit managers, rural land appraisers, congressional staffers, county commissioners, and ag service providers from 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 7. The Zoom webinar will focus on “Monetary Policy and Farm Income Outlook for Missouri’s Ag Lenders.” Hosted by the University of Missouri’s Food and […]

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Avian influenza confirmed in Midwest during fall migratory season

Missouri poultry producers are encouraged to review and tighten biosecurity protocols in light of the avian influenza virus confirmation in poultry throughout the Midwest. Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 is known to be deadly for domesticated chickens and turkeys. Avian influenza has been confirmed in both commercial and backyard poultry flocks in Midwestern states this […]

Drought

Drought conditions slowly expand across northern Missouri

Abnormally dry conditions have expanded in North Missouri since last week. That is according to this week’s U. S. Drought Monitor map, which was released the morning of September 15th and is based on conditions as of the morning of September 13th. In the Green Hills area, abnormally dry conditions have expanded into the northwest […]

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USDA more than triples funding for ‘climate smart’ agriculture

(Missouri Independent) – The Biden administration plans to distribute more than $3 billion to fund projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in agriculture and forestry — a tripling of its initial commitment in February. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was set to publicly announce the expansion of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart […]

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Share the road this harvest season, watch out for slow-moving farm equipment

This harvest season, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is reminding motorists to keep a watchful eye for slow-moving farm vehicles. Being patient, driving carefully, and respecting boundaries are all equally important when driving around farm vehicles. “It can be easy to forget that farmers are simply doing their jobs when moving equipment from field […]

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USDA opens People’s Garden Initiative to gardens nationwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding its People’s Garden Initiative to include eligible gardens nationwide.  School gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects in rural, suburban and urban areas can be recognized as a “People’s Garden” if they register on the USDA website and meet criteria including benefitting the community, working collaboratively, […]

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation or CAFO

Audio: Jury sides with over 100 Missouri farmers against Cooper County Health Board in effort to regulate CAFO

(Brownfield) – A jury has sided with 102 Missouri farmer plaintiffs against the Cooper County Health Board in its effort to regulate Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Plaintiff attorney Brent Haden tells Brownfield the jury found the Cooper County Health Board violated Missouri Sunshine laws when setting regulation V and its replacement regulation VI in 2018 […]

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USDA announces September 2022 lending rates for agricultural producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for September 2022, which are effective Sept. 1, 2022. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operations, purchase equipment, and storage structures or meet cash flow needs. Operating, Ownership, and Emergency Loans […]

Missouri Farm Bureau

Director of Marketing and Commodities for Missouri Farm Bureau to speak at meeting of Grundy County Farm Bureau

Missouri Farm Bureau Director of Marketing and Commodities Davin Althoff will speak at the Grundy County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting later this month. The meeting will be in the fellowship hall of the First Christian Church of Trenton on September 22nd at 6 pm. A meal will be provided by the Grundy County Farm Bureau. […]

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Missouri Agricultural & Small Business Development Authority announce Missouri Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program to increase the distribution and use of biofuels in the state of Missouri. Funds will be awarded to fuel retailers, fuel distributors, terminal companies, or fleet operations that dispense, or will soon store or dispense, ethanol blends of E15 or higher […]

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Improved cattle market has producers pondering whether to sell or not to sell

(Brownfield) – The improved cattle market outlook has producers weighing their options as drought continues and inputs skyrocket. Tricia Grabenstein operates a large cow-calf herd and backgrounding operation. “It’s kind of one of these years where people are debating do we sell and do herd liquidation or do we carry these calves and feed them […]

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University of Missouri Extension to host “Field Day,” on September 8, at Hundley-Whaley Education Center in Albany

The 45th annual Farm, Field & Family Day at the University of Missouri’s Hundley-Whaley Extension and Education Center in Albany is set for Thursday, Sept. 8. The free event begins at 5 p.m. with farm wagon tours and workshops on healthy eating, farm succession planning, and “weathering the storm.” Participants should have time for the […]

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USDA begins accepting applications for $100 million in biofuel infrastructure grants

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting applications for $100 million in grants to increase the sale and use of biofuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. USDA is making the funding available through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). This program seeks to market higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel […]

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Cattle producers should plan to meet weaning challenges

Weaning spring calves may be more of a challenge this year because of short pasture supplies and the questionable nutritional value of this year’s hay crop. “Pay very close attention to body condition score in September and be prepared to wean, if necessary,” said Gene Schmitz, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist in Sedalia. Schmitz […]