Missouri Farming Tractor Cruise, Northwest

Registration for the Missouri Farm Bureau Tractor Cruise is now open

The Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is holding its ninth-annual Keep Missouri Farming Tractor Cruise on July 16, 2022. Tractors will travel an out-and-back route that starts and finishes at Maysville High School in DeKalb County with a stop at the Tri-County Alternative Energy Museum for lunch. “This event serves as an opportunity for […]

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Missouri cattle operations have an opportunity to host cattle producers from Mexico

Join the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Department of Agriculture for the opportunity to host a group of cattle producers from Mexico. You will be able to connect with buyers, build relationships with livestock producers from Mexico and have the chance to show them the quality livestock genetics your farm has to offer. […]

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Drought conditions expand to cover 29% of the state of Missouri

While year-to-date precipitation in Trenton is nearly one inch below normal, other areas of Missouri are beginning to show some drought-like conditions. The drought monitor map, released on Thursday for conditions as of Tuesday, indicates that 29% of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions. That figure is up from just 3.66% of the state […]

Workshop

July workshop helps beef producers with reproduction management

The University of Missouri Extension will hold a July 7-8 workshop on the management of reproduction in beef cattle to help producers learn about management practices to improve profits. MU Extension beef reproduction specialist Jordan Thomas and beef nutrition specialist Eric Bailey lead the event at North Central Missouri College’s Barton campus in Trenton. They […]

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USDA announces assistance for on-farm food safety expenses for producers who grow specialty crops

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to provide up to $200 million in assistance for specialty crop producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023. USDA’s new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops program […]

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USDA reminds producers to file crop acreage reports

Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) service center before the applicable deadline. July 15 is a major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines vary by county and by crop. Producers should make an appointment as soon as […]

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Farm Service Agency now accepting nominations to serve on local county committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is now accepting nominations for county committee members. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for members. LAAs are elective areas for FSA committees in a single county or multi-county jurisdiction. This may include LAAs that are focused on an urban or suburban area.     […]

Farm Bill

U.S. House Ag panel mulls safety net changes in farm bill amid soaring costs

(Missouri Independent) – Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee are considering how to help farmers struggling with rising costs for fertilizer, fuel, seeds, and chemicals — the unfortunate harvest of the war in Ukraine strains the global supply system, inflation, and severe weather. A panel of the committee heard from agricultural economists Thursday, as […]

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For those selling eggs, licensing is now available online

Egg quality is highly important to most consumers. That’s why the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division licenses egg producers, dealers, and retailers and also inspects eggs sold in Missouri for quality. Anyone who sells eggs or buys eggs for resale must be licensed and renew that license annually. The license […]

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Funding available for Trichomoniasis testing until June 15

In an effort to help protect Missouri’s cattle industry, the Department of Agriculture has funding available for Trichomoniasis testing. The testing must go through the MDA Springfield Diagnostic Laboratory or the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in order to be considered for reimbursement. The animals are required to have official IDs and samples […]

Native Grass

Audio: Missouri Native Grass Management Conference near Linneus set for July 14th

The University of Missouri Extension is partnering with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to hold a native grass management conference near Linneus. The event will be at the MU Northern Missouri Research, Extension, and Education Center’s Cornett Farm on July 14th. Extension Field Specialist […]

Audio: American Soybean Association says crop insurance and conservation are top priorities in 2023 Farm Bill

(Brownfield Network) – Improving the farm safety net and continuing incentive-based conservation programs are top priorities for the American Soybean Association in the next farm bill. ASA Executive Committee member and Missouri farmer Ronnie Russell says weather extremes and volatility in the markets are making it tougher for farmers to increase their bottom line. “As […]

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USDA announces June 2022 lending rates for agricultural producers

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

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Nonprofit organization called “Farm Rescue” is helping farmers and ranchers in crisis

(Brownfield Network) – A nonprofit is lending a helping hand to farm and ranch families during some of their most difficult times. Farm Rescue’s Dan Erdmann says their organization has aided over 800 families since 2005 through planting, haying, harvesting, and livestock feeding assistance. “We call it a hand up, not a handout,” Erdmann said. […]

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Audio: Missouri Agriculture Director calls for more United States – Mexico trade talks

(Brownfield Network) – A state ag director says more trade discussions are needed with Mexico after participating in a trade mission to the country last week. Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn said key trade discussions with Mexico will have a strong impact on U.S. farmers. She tells Brownfield at the top of that list is […]

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Audio: The push is on for alternative engines in tractors as prices continue to climb

(Brownfield Network) – Record fuel prices have an equipment manufacturer studying alternative engines for farmers and ranchers. Daryl Theis, Head of Sales and Marketing with CLAAS North America, says the cost and emissions of a diesel machine could create a market for electric engines. “As infrastructure develops, certainly we’ll see more and more opportunities for […]

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Audio: Missouri farmer says corn planting was very drawn out this year

(Brownfield Network) – A southeastern Missouri farmer says corn planting was very drawn out this year. “I’ve got some knee-high corn and some that’s just coming up,” said bootheel farmer Clint Stevens. Stevens tells Brownfield he started planting corn on March 15th. “Which was a little bit earlier than we normally would,” he said. “But […]