Missouri agriculture official on tariffs: Trump has entered into a high-risk policy

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says it’s hard to remember a “more potentially calamitous week for U.S. agriculture.” He’s responding to President Trump’s second round of tariffs on Chinese imports and China’s proposed tariffs on American goods, including soybeans, pork, beef, aircraft, and automobiles.     President Trump says the U.S. tariffs are meant […]

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Northwest Missouri Grazing School to be held in June.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Missouri Extension will hold the Northwest Missouri Grazing School in June. The event will be held at the MU Hundley-Whaley Research Center in Albany June 26th through 28th. NRSC Contract Specialist Sarah Wheeler says the school will cover inventory and farm resources, soils and topology, plant […]

Industrial Hemp

Audio: Missouri Senate Agriculture Committee approves the Curtman Industrial Hemp Bill

The Missouri Senate Agriculture Committee has voted 4-1 to approve State Representative Paul Curtman’s industrial hemp bill. The Pacific Republican testifies his legislation is an opportunity to introduce “a brand-new economic footprint” to Missouri.     Curtman’s bill would create a pilot program to allow those licensed by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) to […]

Beef Heifers

Taste feeds growing demand for beef

Livestock owners increasing their herds must grow demand for meat. Current herd size expands meat supplies and domestic meat consumption to record levels. With more supply, expect lower prices, University of Missouri economist Scott Brown told the Womack Agricultural Outlook Conference in Columbia. But that didn’t happen as forecast in 2017.  Growing beef demand worked […]

Missouri FIRST

New initiative to increase help for small businesses and farmers in Missouri

A new initiative in Missouri is offering small businesses and agricultural operations better opportunities to expand.  Thursday State Treasurer Eric Schmitt joined business and finance leaders in downtown St. Louis to launch the Missouri FIRST program.      Missouri FIRST which stands for Financing Investment in our Rural, Small Business and Technology communities, revamps the […]

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Foreign ownership of Missouri farmland is a ‘growing problem’

(Missourinet) – A state House committee is considering whether to ban further purchases of Missouri agriculture land by foreign buyers. Family Farm Action, a 501(c)4 group, supports the legislation and says foreign ownership of Missouri farmland is a “growing problem.” During a Missouri House Economic Development Committee hearing on the bill, central Missouri Farmer Fred […]

Missouri Farm Bureau

House Speaker Todd Richardson addresses Missouri Farm Bureau

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson is emphasizing the importance of agriculture, property rights, transportation and broadband access. The Poplar Bluff Republican tells Missouri Farm Bureau members the House has a primary mission.     More than 150 Farm Bureau members from across the state traveled to Jefferson City this week for the group’s legislative day. […]

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Missouri Soybean Association announces new President

Atchison County soybean farmer C. Brooks Hurst is the new president of the Missouri Soybean Association. Following his installation at the Commodity Classic conference, Hurst now leads the statewide advocacy organization for soybean growers. C. Brooks Hurst “I look forward to bringing farmers together to strengthen the soybean industry in our state,” Hurst said. “We’re […]

Thompson Research Center

Thompson Research Center designated “Pioneer Farm”

The Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program has enrolled more than 135,000 heifers on more than 850 farms during its 20 years of existence. The program, developed and spearheaded by David Patterson, a professor of reproductive physiology in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), celebrated its 20th anniversary during the […]

Spotted Lanternfly

University of Missouri entomologist informs farmers of pests to watch for

“The genie’s out of the bottle” on the spotted lanternfly, University of Missouri Extension entomologist Kevin Rice told farmers Feb. 8 at the second annual NEMO Soils and Crop Conference in Palmyra. Rice gave farmers an update on insects to watch in the upcoming growing season. He urged them to contact him when they find […]


Assistance available to agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program

Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in […]

Tractor Spraying Pesticide

Events to be held in Grundy and Livingston Counties for growers to recertify Pesticide Applicators License

University of Missouri Extension staff will be hosting events in Grundy and Livingston Counties for growers to obtain or be recertified for their Private Pesticide Applicators License. All growers are invited to attend these events. The Grundy County Applicator Training and Ag Update will be held Tuesday, February 27th at the Alexander Student Center (1204 […]