WOTUS or Waters of the United States

Audio: Missouri agricultural interests praise the US Supreme Court’s WOTUS ruling

(Missourinet) – Missouri’s agriculture industry is celebrating Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limits the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate waterways. In a 5 to 4 decision, the High Court created a new definition for which wetlands can be regulated by the EPA. They must have “a continuous surface connection” to bodies […]

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USDA extends application deadline for revenue loss programs to July 14

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline for the Emergency Relief Program Phase Two and Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program to July 14, 2023, to give producers more time to apply for assistance. The original deadline was June 2.  Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency is partnering with nine organizations to provide educational and technical […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation encourages use of native forage for summer grazing

The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages producers to get the most from their grazing operation through the use of native forage. Native forage simply means a mix of native grasses, such as big bluestem, as well as native legumes and broadleaf plants. BETTER SUMMER GAINS For the producers, one of the greatest benefits of using […]

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The U.S. is undergoing its worst bird flu outbreak ever. Is a poultry vaccine the answer?

(Missouri Independent) – The deadliest outbreak of bird flu in U.S. history is prompting growing concern in Congress, and Department of Agriculture researchers are awaiting the preliminary results of four trials of vaccines for poultry. Some lawmakers are warming to the idea of a vaccination campaign, long considered a fringe idea due to the cost […]

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USDA’s CLEAR30 offers producers with expiring conservation contracts rental incentives and longer term options

Agricultural producers and landowners with certain expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts can receive additional rental incentives and extend that land’s role in conservation for another 30 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened the signup period for its Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers enrollment (CLEAR30) now through July 31, 2023. CLEAR30 is a part of […]

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USDA is projecting record, large corn and soybean crops in 2023

(Brownfield) – The USDA is projecting record large corn and soybean crops in 2023. Domestic corn production is estimated at 15.265 billion bushels, up 1.535 billion from 2022 on increased planted area, at 92 million acres in the USDA’s Prospective Planting Report, and a yield of 181.5 bushels per acre, compared to 173.3 last year. […]

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University of Missouri Extension tools help cattle producers with on-farm finishing budgets

Many consumers want to buy locally produced beef, and University of Missouri Extension economists can help producers deliver. Beef producers who want to finish their cattle on their farms now have access to new resources from MU Extension beef specialists to determine their finishing budgets. The On-Farm Finishing Budget publication and spreadsheet tools released during […]

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“Right to Repair” tractors could save farmers $103 million a year

North Carolina farmers are calling on lawmakers to address manufacturer-imposed repair limitations on tractors and minimize disruptions on their farms. A report by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group reveals that broken equipment costs farmers $3 billion, with an additional $1 billion spent on repairs annually. For NC farmers, that cost is $103 million. Stuart […]

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USDA providing $130 million in assistance to farmers facing financial risk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that nearly $130 million in additional, automatic financial assistance has been obligated for qualifying farm loan program borrowers who are facing financial risk. The announcement is part of the $3.1 billion to help distressed farm loan borrowers that was provided through Section 22006 of the Inflation Reduction Act. Since […]

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Livestock economist says cattle producers remain slow to grow the herd

(Brownfield Network) – A livestock economist says he’s still not seeing signs of expansion in the cattle industry. University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says despite the ongoing strength in the cattle markets, USDA data suggests cattle producers haven’t started growing the U.S. herd.  “Beef cow slaughter for the first three months, we’re down 90,000 head […]

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Area FFA chapters take part in Career Development Events at convention in Columbia

Judging results at the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia on Thursday included a team from Milan C-2 High School that won first place in the state for FFA Knowledge. Individually, Lexus Fordyce was the top-ranked student in the state in FFA knowledge. Others from Milan are Gracie Simpson who tied with others for second place […]

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USDA announces Grassland Conservation Reserve Program signup for 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can begin signing up for the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program which runs through May 26, 2023. Among CRP enrollment opportunities, Grassland CRP is a unique working lands program, allowing producers and landowners to continue grazing and haying practices while conserving grasslands and promoting […]

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Missouri 4-H and University of Missouri Extension to host crop event for 4-H and FFA youth

The University of Missouri Extension and Missouri 4-H will host a crop scouting event for 4-H and FFA members and volunteers July 18 at MU Bradford Research Farm near Columbia. Participants will learn about common Missouri crops, insects, diseases, disorders, and weeds as well as about pesticide safety and careers in agronomy, said Maria Calvert, […]