Barn and silos in a field (farm land)

New program to help Missouri beginning farmers starts Aug. 1

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) will begin accepting applications for a new program supporting beginning farmers in Missouri starting Aug. 1. A farm owner may qualify for a deduction from their Missouri adjusted gross income based on the income received by either selling or renting/leasing farmland to a beginning farmer. “This […]

Cattle in CAFO

Fourth U.S. H5 bird flu case confirmed in Colorado dairy worker

A human case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5) (“H5 bird flu”) virus infection in the United States has been identified in the state of Colorado. This is the fourth case associated with an ongoing multistate outbreak of A(H5N1) in dairy cows and the first in Colorado. Previous cases were reported in Texas (1) and Michigan (2). As with previous […]

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Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest announces winners

A serene photo featuring a glimpse into Missouri’s urban agriculture landscape is the Best in Show for the 2024 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest, hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The photograph, submitted by Alana Henry of Kansas City, Mo., was chosen from photos submitted by photographers from across Missouri. “Once again, the […]

Dairy Cows

USDA begins accepting applications for dairy producers facing H5N1 losses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications starting Monday, July 1, through its updated Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). This initiative aims to provide financial assistance to eligible dairy producers who incur milk losses due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) infections in their herds. The USDA’s […]

High School Seniors complete HYPE academy

Missouri students complete 10th annual HYPE FFA Academy

Thirty high school seniors from across Missouri completed the tenth annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy from June 25-27. Sponsored by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, the three-day academy aims to inform and empower agriculture students to effectively engage in issues impacting today’s industry. “When we look to the future, preparing the […]

Meat in grocery store (Photo courtesy Missouri News Service)

Missouri advocates demand fairness in beef labeling, support for small farms

(Missouri News Service – Farah Siddiqi) – Family farm advocates are pushing for significant reforms in the new Farm Bill, aiming to reduce subsidies for large factory farms, mandate country-of-origin labels for beef, and implement measures to enhance competition in the agricultural sector. Key proposals include creating a meatpacking special investigator position within the U.S. […]

Pearl millet seedling that was no-till drilled into a killed grass sod. (Photo by Valerie Tate. )

Preventing forage gaps with summer annual forage crops

Gaps in summer forages for livestock producers can be challenging. University of Missouri Extension agronomy field specialist Valerie Tate in Linn County shares management solutions, including planting warm-season annual forages such as pearl millet and sorghum-sudangrass, to fill a void in summer forage production or when renovating forage stands. “When moisture and soil nutrients are […]

Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest

Submit your photos for the Missouri Agriculture photo contest by June 7

The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest deadline is this week. The Department invites Missourians to share their agriculture story through photographs. The contest runs through Friday, June 7, and provides an opportunity for photographers across the state to submit their best images of Missouri agriculture. The Focus on Missouri Agriculture […]

Missouri Drought with state News Graphic

Rain helps lessen drought in parts of Missouri

Rain in the week ending Tuesday morning, April 30, helped alleviate drought conditions in Missouri, according to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor Map, released Thursday morning, May 2. The map reflects conditions as of April 30 and does not include rainfall from May 2. In the Green Hills, moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions have […]