Pigs or Swine

Consider feeding pigs to higher weights when feed costs, hog prices go up

When feed prices go up, swine producers usually see profits go down. That’s not the case in 2021. This gives producers an opportunity to look at feeding to heavier weights despite higher feed costs, says University of Missouri Extension swine nutritionist Marcia Shannon.  Higher market weights result in dramatic net gains per pig under current […]

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Management Intensive Grazing School to be offered at Schuyler County Community Center

Join other producers at the Management Intensive Grazing School on June 11 and 12 at the Schuyler County Community Center in Glenwood, Missouri. The program will be taught by MU Extension, NRCS, and a producer with an existing system.  Specific topics will include the Art & Science of MIG;  Evaluating Resources; Soil Structure, Function, and […]

Meat and Poultry Processing Grants

Missouri meat and poultry processors awarded nearly $17 million toward food supply expansions

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has awarded $16,716,406 million in CARES Act funding to nearly 150 small and medium-sized businesses. As a direct result of the reimbursement grant, more than 40 businesses were assisted in initiating or expanding their level of meat processing through a new grant of inspection or custom exempt inspection status. “As a […]

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USDA awards MDC two partnership projects to enhance cropland acres, restore and protect sand prairies

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will continue initiatives to integrate conservation with agriculture practices and help restore and manage sand prairies after being awarded two partnership projects through the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Through RCPP, conservation partners work in collaboration with NRCS to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners throughout […]

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Commentary: Family farms are the solution, corporate agriculture is the problem

DISCLAIMER: This article is a commentary. The statements and opinions contained in the article are those of the author, Tim Gibbons. The opinions expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of KTTN/KGOZ Radio, staff, management, or webmaster. (Missouri Independent) – Last month, Missouri Rural Crisis Center held a telephone town […]

Jon Schreffler

Jon Schreffler retires as farm manager of the Thompson Research Center

The Thompson Research Center advisory committee, along with University of Missouri faculty and administrators, recently celebrated the retirement of Jon Schreffler, farm manager and employee of Thompson, for 43 years.  The celebration took place during the spring meeting of the advisory committee, which took place in mid-April. The committee also toured the new commodity barn […]

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Now a good time to consider importance of residual herbicide in soybean weed control program

Warm temperatures were welcomed in Northwest Missouri this past week, leading to fieldwork progressing rapidly. Summer annual weed emergence picked up, so now is a good time to consider the importance of a residual herbicide in a soybean weed control program. Weeds have uneven emergence, a trait we wouldn’t want in our crops, but that […]

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Missouri Department of Agriculture celebrates “Buy Missouri Day” and announces those awarded grants

To celebrate Buy Missouri Day, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Grown program announced funding for 14 retail businesses that carry Missouri Grown products. The Missouri Grown Retail Promotion Matching Grant awards up to $1,000 per retail store for reimbursement of expenses associated with promoting Missouri Grown member products. “Our Missouri Grown members have told […]

Annie's Project

Audio: University of Missouri Extension to host a free “Annie’s Project” course

The University of Missouri Extension will host a free Annie’s Project course for Northwest Missouri women who would like to become better business partners in their agriculture enterprise. The 18-hour discussion-based workshop will be held June 1st through 15th. The course will consist of three in-person sessions, two Zoom sessions, and one in-person farm tour. […]

Governors Ag Conference

49th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture announced

The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture is coming back to Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Mo., this fall for its 49th celebration of agriculture.  The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the conference dates have been set for Nov. 18-19, 2021. “As Governor and a farmer, I’m excited to see this conference back on the calendar,” […]

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Use sacrifice pastures now to spare best cattle grazing pastures for later

If not managed properly, muddy pastures can affect grazing the rest of the year, says University of Missouri Extension regional livestock specialist Patrick Davis. “Cattle producers need to evaluate their pastures,” Davis says. Identify pastures that are thin and in need of renovation and consider using those as sacrifice pastures. Davis recommends consulting an MU […]

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USDA announces funding available to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announces the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The funding was made possible by USDA’s new Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, an effort to distribute resources more broadly and to put greater […]

Tomatoes

MU Extension offers free event on growing tomatoes

University of Missouri Extension will offer a free program on Growing Home Garden Tomatoes 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, via Zoom. MU Extension horticulture specialist Jennifer Schutter will talk about tomato genealogy, tomato varieties, planting, harvesting, physiological disorders, and diseases and insects. MU Extension agronomy specialist Dhruba Dhakal discusses soil sampling and testing, soil preparation, […]