Farm Bill

Climate funding could suffer in the farm bill under GOP control of Congress

(Missouri Independent) – Republicans who may be taking control of Congress in next week’s midterm elections have not been very specific about many policy goals—but the farm bill is an exception. Members of the GOP in the U.S. House and Senate are sending strong signals they want to strip climate funding from the massive legislation […]

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MoDOT extends overwidth hauling permit to aid hay movement, farmers now have through December 1

Continued drought conditions through much of the state have prompted the Missouri Department of Transportation to extend the special overwidth hauling permit for hay at no cost through Dec. 1, 2022. Loads must be of legal height, length and weight. Permits can be requested online using the MoDOT Carrier Express online service. To have the fee […]

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USDA launches loan assistance tool to assist farmers and ranchers in navigating the farm loan application process

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new online tool to help farmers and ranchers better navigate the farm loan application process. This uniform application process will help to ensure all farm loan applicants receive equal support and have a consistent customer experience with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) regardless of their individual circumstances.   […]

Missouri Livestock Symposium Website 2022

Dr. Garry Lacefield to be featured forage speaker at 2022 Missouri Livestock Symposium

Livestock owners will learn best management practices to control feed costs at the 23rd annual Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville, MO on December 3, says Garry L. Mathes, chairman. Zac Erwin, MU Extension Field Specialist in Livestock and Symposium vice-chair, says “The forages speaker line-up for this year is a great opportunity to hear not […]

Women in Agriculture

Free “Women in Agriculture” workshop to be held on November 10 in Green City

Women with an interest in agriculture and wanting to learn about current agricultural topics are invited to attend a Women in Agriculture workshop, Thursday, November 10, from 9:00-3:15 pm at City Hall in Green City, Missouri. This free workshop is an opportunity to bring together farm women and those who work in the agriculture industry […]

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Federal government has given $800 million to keep indebted farmers afloat

(Missouri Independent) – More than 13,000 farmers have benefited from nearly $800 million in federal debt relief, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. The assistance came from a new federal initiative to erase farmers’ loan delinquencies to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and private lenders or to resolve their remaining debts after foreclosure. […]

Missouri Livestock Symposium Website 2022

Livestock Symposium beef program focuses on capturing profitability and navigating challenging times

Beef producers will learn what opportunities and challenges are ahead at the 23rd annual Missouri Livestock Symposium on December 2 & 3 in Kirksville, MO, says Garry L. Mathes, committee chairman.  Zac Erwin, University of Missouri Extension Livestock Specialist and Symposium vice-chair says, “The beef speaker line-up this year is a great opportunity to hear […]

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Severe drought triggers assistance in nearly all of Kansas, half of Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Almost all of Kansas and nearly half of Missouri are in severe enough drought to activate a federal program meant to help ranchers who have lost grazing acres for their herds, triggering millions of dollars in assistance. Eighty-five of Kansas’ 105 counties have been eligible for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s livestock forage program, which […]

Farm Scene

Tight labor market challenges farm employers to rethink compensation

Today’s tight labor market makes it harder for farm employers to compete for workers, says Ryan Milhollin, University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist. Farm laborers work long hours, sometimes in inclement weather. Workers may need diverse skills to fill roles such as truck driver, mechanic, nutritionist, forage specialist, veterinarian, babysitter, and weather forecaster. For this […]

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University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University Extension to hold a backyard laying hen workshop

University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University Extension will hold a backyard laying hen workshop in Brunswick. The session will be at the Saint Boniface Catholic Church on October 29th from 1 to 4 pm. Participants will learn about basic management practices to ensure a healthy backyard flock, biosecurity, licensing and labeling requirements, and processing, […]

Diana Rodgers, RD, nutritionist, and sustainability advocate to be keynote speaker at livestock symposium

Missouri Livestock Symposium announces Keynote speaker

Diana Rodgers, RD, nutritionist, and sustainability advocate will be the keynote speaker, Friday evening December 2nd at the 23rd annual Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville, MO, says Garry L. Mathes, chairman. Diana Rodgers is a “real food” nutritionist and sustainability advocate near Boston, Massachusetts. She speaks internationally about the intersection of optimal human nutrition, regenerative […]


Drought conditions continue to expand in Missouri, conditions in the Green Hills Region remain constant

Drought conditions continue to expand in Missouri, however, this week’s U. S. Drought Monitor map shows conditions in the Green Hills area have remained virtually the same as last week. This week’s map was released Thursday morning, October 6th, and is based on conditions as of the morning of October 4th. There is still moderate […]

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Videos from University of Missouri share cattle management practices in drought

Drought continues to plague growers and livestock producers in parts of Missouri, especially in the southwest corner of the state, raising concerns about feed availability. “It’s a perfect storm of high fertilizer prices, reduced fertilization of pastures lending to lower hay yields and drought in the southern half of Missouri,” said Eric Bailey, University of […]

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USDA announces October 2022 lending rates for agricultural producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced loan interest rates for October 2022, which are effective Oct. 3, 2022. USDA’s Farm Service Agency loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operations, purchase equipment, and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs. Operating, Ownership, and Emergency Loans FSA offers […]

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Missouri celebrates “Farm to School Month”

Governor Mike Parson proclaimed October to be Farm to School Month in Missouri. Farm to School Month celebrates school nutrition professionals, farmers, and ranchers nationwide for their contributions to feeding Missouri students. “Farm to School Month is a great opportunity to share the work farmers, ranchers and schools do to feed students,” Director of Agriculture […]