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MU Extension introduces DNA testing for heifer program

The University of Missouri Extension’s Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program now offers a DNA option for participants, known as Show-Me-Plus. Jamie Courter, MU Extension state beef genetics specialist, explained that the program aims to educate producers and buyers of Show-Me-Select heifers on the benefits of having DNA information. “For Show-Me-Plus, if the heifer is registered, she […]

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Horizon II seeks 39,000 acres in northern Missouri, southern Iowa for prairie-to-energy initiative

In a groundbreaking initiative near Princeton, Missouri, the first 1,000 acres of the Horizon II pilot project are being transformed into native prairie. This innovative project opens new avenues for landowners to generate income while enhancing environmental sustainability. An additional 39,000 acres of highly erodible land across northern Missouri and southern Iowa are set to […]

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Learn effective farmers market strategies in this five-part series

Producers selling local foods at farmers markets can learn more about marketing strategies, state regulations, value-added products, business planning, and boosting sales through fruit and vegetable incentive programs in a five-part online series presented Feb. 12-16 by the University of Missouri Extension. Participants will hear from farmers, extension faculty, representatives of the Missouri Department of […]

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Beef quality certification event set for Feb 13 in Trenton

The Missouri Beef Industry Council will host an in-person Beef Quality Assurance certification event at the North Central Missouri College Barton Farm Campus in Trenton. The event is scheduled for February 13 at 1 p.m. University of Missouri Extension Livestock Specialist Shawn Deering will assist with the event, which is open to everyone. Questions regarding […]

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Agricultural producers invited to join Continuous CRP program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) started to accept applications for the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (Continuous CRP) signup on Jan. 12, 2024. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages agricultural producers and landowners interested in conservation opportunities for their land in exchange for yearly rental payments to consider the enrollment options available through Continuous CRP, […]

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Missouri Corn scholarships applications 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 2024. Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship Program are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related areas of agriculture. “As agriculture and technology […]

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10 tips to bulletproof your beef operation

Missouri beef producers have a unique opportunity to fortify their farm businesses against industry risks and improve profitability. Joe Horner, an agricultural economist with the University of Missouri Extension, emphasizes the need for improvements in three key areas: plant management, animal care, and business operations. According to Horner, excelling in just one area is insufficient […]

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Farming advocates seek end to factory farm subsidies

Congress recently approved a one-year extension of the existing Farm Bill. This decision extends the discussion over the formulation of a new bill well into 2024. During this extended period, advocacy groups plan to advocate for significant policy reforms. Key areas of focus include ending subsidies for factory farm manure management and implementing measures to […]