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Technology inches forward with autonomy in farming

Armchair farming may not be here yet, but it’s getting closer. “Autonomy in agriculture isn’t as far away as you think,” says Kent Shannon, University of Missouri Extension agricultural engineering specialist.  Agriculture is rapidly shifting to technology that can increase land efficiency, reduce labor shortages and streamline food production, says Shannon. Imagine a world where […]

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Trade agreements, access to foreign markets debated in U.S. Senate farm bill hearing

(Missouri Independent) – In its first meeting of the new congressional session, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry gathered Wednesday for a hearing on the trade and horticulture titles in the upcoming farm bill. The legislators prioritized enforcing the nation’s agricultural trade agreements, expanding access to international markets and supporting underserved producers. […]

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Push is on to rebuild regional food systems as 2023 Farm Bill takes shape

Ohio farmers and their advocates head to Washington, D.C., to push for shifting federal programs toward growing nutritious food, as lawmakers gear up to reauthorize the Farm Bill. The cost of groceries has increased by 13% over the past year, driven largely by global supply-chain issues and the war in Ukraine. Angela Huffman, co-founder and vice president […]

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USDA announces additional assistance for dairy farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the details of additional assistance for dairy producers, including a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) and a new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP). The update to PMVAP and the new ODMAP will enable USDA to better support small- and medium-sized dairy […]

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Private pesticide applicator training to be offered in Princeton

Farmers who want to purchase or apply restricted-use pesticides on property owned or rented by them must have a private pesticide applicator license. Currently, there are two options to obtain certification or renew a license. The first option is a training session via Zoom. Anyone can join these meetings from their home computer. Visit this […]

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Budgets: Proper planning and decision-making critical, as farms prepare for the year ahead

As farms continue to see increased input costs and fluctuating returns in 2023, proper planning and decision-making will be critical for the year ahead. Updated enterprise planning budgets from the University of Missouri Extension can help producers manage costs and project revenue for their operations. More than 30 interactive budgets and calculators are available for […]

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Deere and Company reaches deal with American Farm Bureau Federation to allow independent mechanics to make repairs

Tractor maker Deere and Company has reached a deal with the American Farm Bureau Federation to allow independent mechanics to work on John Deere brand farm equipment. Until now, if a mechanic not certified by Deere touched the high-dollar gear, it could void the company warranty, much like cellphone companies which void your warranty if you or […]

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USDA expands eligibility and enhances benefits for key disaster programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture made updates to several conservation, livestock, and crop disaster assistance programs to give more farmers, ranchers, and tribes the opportunity to apply for and access programs that support recovery following natural disasters.  Specifically, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) expanded eligibility and enhanced available benefits for a suite of its programs. […]

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Audio: Finding a balance in foreign agriculture land purchases and goverment intervention

(Brownfield Network) – Missouri Governor Mike Parson told the State Cattlemen’s Convention limiting government intervention will remain a priority for the 2023 state session. Parson tells Brownfield it could be a balancing act as state lawmakers address foreign ag land bills in the legislature. “I think we all want to encourage the American dream for […]

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USDA announces major program improvements and investments benefitting farmers, ranchers, and producers

At the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced several major developments at the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will benefit farmers, ranchers, and producers across the nation.   “At USDA, our goal is to provide all farmers, including new and underserved producers, with the opportunity to receive the assistance they […]

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New regulations make weed management more complex in 2023

Producers should prepare for more complexity in herbicide requirements and registrations in 2023 and beyond, says University of Missouri Extension weed scientist Kevin Bradley. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed changes to atrazine labels that would have a great impact, says Bradley. Atrazine is an effective and inexpensive herbicide used to kill broadleaf and grassy […]

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Audio: Missouri Farmers Care is a program for students that focuses on advocacy for Agriculture

Missouri Farmers Care has a 10-unit education program for elementary students called Agriculture Education on the Move. Missouri Farmers Care is an organization that focuses on advocacy for agriculture. Daniel Savage of Chillicothe is the Northwest Missouri Lead and a Contract Educator for Agriculture Education on the Move.     The curriculum is aimed at […]

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Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship program are now available

The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council are continuing the longstanding tradition of awarding seven deserving students $1,000 scholarships in 2023. Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship program are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or a related area of agriculture.  “Missouri Corn is […]

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University of Missouri Extension offering online alfalfa workshop

The University of Missouri Extension will offer an online workshop in January to help forage producers learn more about how to grow, harvest, and feed alfalfa. MU Extension agronomist Pat Miller says the two-night workshop gives producers basic knowledge to improve their bottom line by growing this high-quality forage. “Alfalfa 101: Establishing a Stand, Starting […]

Drought

Audio: Drought is still a top concern for cow/calf producers in the upper Midwest

(Brownfield Network) – An extension cow/calf specialist says drought remains a concern for many producers in the upper Midwest. Eric Mousel with the University of Minnesota tells Brownfield 2022 was another dry year for most of his state. “Most people had a pretty good year this year, so that helps. But I think (drought is […]

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in Missouri turkey flock

Federal officials have confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Osage County, Mo. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic influenza (HPAI) in the turkey flock. Samples were delivered to the NVSL in Iowa for testing after a sudden increase in mortality in […]

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Farm Bureau elects leadership and adopts new policy positions

The farm bill, property rights, healthcare, and the expansion of I-70 were among the issues debated at the 108th Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting on December 4-6 at the Lake of the Ozarks. More than 1,300 farmers and ranchers attended the meeting where voting delegates, representing the organization’s 147,000 members, adopted a wide range of […]

Dairy Cows

Dairy margin coverage deadline for 2023 extended to January 31

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for producers to enroll in Dairy Margin Coverage and Supplemental Dairy Margin Coverage for the program year 2023 to Jan. 31, 2023.   DMC is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price […]