Richard Fordyce

Richard Fordyce of Bethany named Director of Farm Service Agency

U.S Senator Roy Blunt is praising the selection of Richard Fordyce of Bethany as the state director of the Farm Service Agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Blunt said he has no doubt Fordyce’s leadership will strengthen the Farm Service Agency in Missouri, and keep agriculture thriving. Blunt said Fordyce, a fourth-generation […]

Audubon Society Website

Department of Conservation partners with Audubon Conservation Ranching program

The Missouri Department of Conservation is assisting the National Audubon Society in implementing a beef program to benefit both ranchers and grassland birds. The Audubon Conservation Ranching program links consumers to beef produced on farms that provide good grassland bird habitat. When consumers buy beef certified under the Audubon program, they’re boosting habitat for birds […]


USDA agriculture census to arrive in mail soon

University of Missouri Extension economists urges farmers to complete the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture. The census should arrive in farmers’ mailboxes in December. It can be returned by mail or securely submitted online. MU Extension economist Ryan Milhollin says federal, state and local governments as well as agribusinesses, researchers, trade associations […]

Farmer Combining Corn in Field

Farmers encouraged to ‘Keep the Stubble’ during No-Till November

During a special month-long campaign called “No-Till November,” the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging Missouri farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested crop fields and improve soil health. “The No-Till November campaign encourages farmers to keep tillage equipment in machine sheds this fall because tillage reduces the amount of valuable crop […]

Farm Service Agency

Voting begins for 2017 Farm Service Agency county committee elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2017 Farm Service Agency county committee elections on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.  “County committee members play an indispensable role in our efforts to provide assistance to producers,” said FSA Acting Administrator Steve Peterson. “They provide local […]

National FFA Convention

National FFA Advisor says organization must adapt to needs of agriculture today

The National Advisor for the FFA organization, Steve Brown, says the FFA must update itself to reflect the changing needs of agriculture today, and in the future. Amy Seitz reports from the 90th annual National FFA Convention underway this week in Indianapolis.     Many local and area school chapters have FFA members attending the […]


Missouri crop condition report for week ending October 22, 2017

Cooling temperatures and little rain early in the week allowed harvest to continue. Statewide, the temperature averaged 58.8 degrees, 3.6 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.98 inches statewide, 0.17 inches above normal. There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 22. You may click this link to see the Mo Crop […]

Animal Waste Hazardous emissions at farm

EPA releases guidance on reporting air emissions of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms

The EPA is releasing guidance to assist farmers in reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms.  EPA is making this information available to provide time for farmers to review and prepare for the reporting deadline, currently set for November 15, 2017 “EPA is working diligently to address undue regulatory burden on […]

Calf in pen (Cow)

Program on backgrounding calves to be offered in Mercer County

The University of Missouri Extension will hold a program on backgrounding calves next month. State Beef Nutrition Specialist Doctor Eric Bailey will present the program at the Mercer County Extension Office in Princeton the night of November 13th at 7 o’clock. Topics to be covered include feed rations for backgrounding, feeding management, and a report […]

Food Safety

Biotechnology grants put science at center of food safety policy

The science of agriculture grows more complex every year.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced support for projects to help bridge the gap between biotechnology innovations and the policies on how to use them. These grants are funded through NIFA’s Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program.   “Biotechnology offers […]


USDA helps small businesses develop new agricultural products, technology

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced grants to help bring agricultural business ideas from the drawing board to the marketplace. Funding is made through NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. “For small agricultural businesses, the federal government is a key, initial investor to help them get great ideas into […]


Audio: USDA releases latest crop progress report for week ending October 15, 2017

The United States Department of Agriculture has released its latest crop progress report for Missouri. Rain in some areas slowed the harvest. Statewide, the temperature averaged 61.8 degrees, 3.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.26 inches statewide, 0.62 inches above normal. There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 15.

Farm to School Month

Five reasons why you should celebrate “Farm to School Month”

October is a busy month for both our nation’s farms and our nation’s schools. Farmers are harvesting everything from apples to pumpkins, while schools are celebrating Farm to School Month by raising awareness of the connection with fresh, healthy food and local food producers. Farm to School connects communities to our nation’s farmers, ranchers and […]


EPA and states’ collective efforts lead to regulatory action on Dicamba

The EPA has reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF, and DuPont on measures to further minimize the potential for drift to damage neighboring crops from the use of dicamba formulations used to control weeds in genetically modified cotton and soybeans. New requirements for the use of dicamba “over the top” (application to growing plants) will […]

Strip Trial Program

University of Missouri Extension seeks farmers for Strip Trial Program

Farmers are being sought to participate in the 2017-2018 University of Missouri Extension Strip Trial Program, which helps farmers and crop advisers compare on-farm management decisions and practices. The program uses on-farm, field-scale research to give growers farm-specific data to guide decisions that can protect or improve the bottom line, said MU Extension nutrient management […]


USDA processing pending Conservation Reserve Program continuous enrollment Offers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year. “All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through Sept. 30, 2017 – except for those […]


Department releases statewide stop sale for Dicamba products labeled for agricultural use

Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn issued a Notice of Release from the Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order of all products containing Dicamba labeled for agricultural use on Sept. 29, 2017. The Special Local Need registrations for XTENDIMAX™ with VaporGrip™ Technology,  ENGENIA™ Herbicide, and DUPONT™ FEXAPAN™ PLUS VAPORGRIP™ TECHNOLOGY HERBICIDE will remain in effect until Dec. 1, 2017. Older Dicamba […]

Missouri Corn Merchandising Council

New Missouri Corn Merchandising Council officers take office

The Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and the Missouri Corn Growers Association have announced a new slate of officers, the appointment of recently elected board members and national committee assignments.   The election of the 2017-18 MCMC officer team took place during an August board meeting held in Branson. The following MCMC leaders assumed their new roles […]