Trenton Building and Nuisance Board

Trenton Building and Nuisance Board grants extensions due to winter weather and illness

Citing winter weather conditions and/or illness among owners, the Trenton Building and Nuisance Board on Monday evening granted time extensions to five properties of concern. Granted a 90-day extension was 604 Linn Street where repairs were done to a basement wall. It remains in the category “findings of fact.” Given a 60 day extension was […]

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With high fertilizer prices, are you better off buying fertilizer or supplemental hay?

Increases in fertilizer prices add to the cost of growing forage for grazing. This leads farmers to ask if they should buy hay or fertilizer, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory. Comparing the benefits of buying hay vs. applying fertilizer for better yields is complicated, but it is crucial to the […]

Brandi Ellis Wins Young Farmer Excellence Award

Brandi Ellis wins Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award

Brandi Ellis, of Weatherby, won the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award during the organization’s 107th annual meeting on December 7 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Excellence in Agriculture Award is designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers who have not received a majority of their income from […]

Missouri cattle producers say more competition needed to stay profitable

Meat prices have been on the rise, but family-farm advocates say higher profits haven’t been making their way to smaller cattle producers. Four companies control 85% of the beef supply, noted Darvin Bentlage, a cattle rancher and farmer in southwest Missouri. He said the executive order on promoting competition that President Joe Biden signed last summer is a […]

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MU Extension to hold two-day feedlot school in Trenton

The University of Missouri Extension will hold a feedlot school on January 13 and January 14, 2022, at North Central Missouri College in Trenton. MU Extension beef nutritionist Eric Bailey says MU Extension specialists will present the “ins and outs of feeding cattle in Missouri.” There is renewed interest in feedlots due to new packing […]

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Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education tackles lengthy agenda at Tuesday meeting

The Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education on December 14th approved a bid from H and B Farms for the butcher of a hog. The bid was for $1 per pound live weight. A butcher date is set for January. The board approved Missouri United School Insurance Council insurance renewal for 2022. Superintendent Rebecca Steinhoff […]

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Firefighters respond to combine fire south of Trenton

Grundy County’s Rural Fire Protection District on Monday afternoon responded to a farm combine fire one-half mile south of Trenton on Highway 65. Upon arrival shortly before 3 o’clock, firefighters noticed light smoke from weeds and grain beneath the cab. The department used water to wet down the smoldering areas of the combine. The cause […]

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USDA invests $222 million in rural community infrastructure

 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small announced that USDA is investing $222 million to build and improve critical community facilities (PDF, 729 KB) in 44 states, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico. This community infrastructure funding will benefit nearly 2.5 million people in rural communities. It also […]

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Warren County, Missouri selected as location for planned beef processing facility creating 1300 jobs and $1 billion in economic impact

Warren County has been selected by American Foods Group as the planned location for a new state-of-the-art beef processing facility, pending final approval. Once established, the facility would create more than 1,300 new jobs and generate $1 billion in economic impact in the state of Missouri.  “Missouri is able to compete for projects of this […]

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Managing potassium and phosphorus when prices are high

Farmers understand fertilizer prices fluctuate with time. “We are living through a substantial shift in potassium and phosphorus prices, from low prices in the 2020 growing season to the highest prices in the past decade for fertilizer purchased now for the 2022 growing season,” says John Lory, University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist. A […]

2021 Crop Management Conference

Crop Management Conference returns November 30 through December 1

The University of Missouri Crop Management Conference returns as an in-person event Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2021, at the Stoney Creek Hotel in Columbia. MU Extension specialists in weeds, pests, and plant diseases, nutrient management, economics, cover crops, drainage, and wildlife management will speak. Other presenters include a climatologist from Purdue University and an industry representative […]

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Smithfield withdraws request for CAFO permits environmentalists criticized as too lax

(Missouri Independent) – The global meat producer operating some of Missouri’s largest industrial hog operations has withdrawn requests to convert 10 of its permits to what environmental groups say would be more lenient ones. Smithfield Foods Inc., which has a history of environmental violations in Missouri, operates some of the largest concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in the […]

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Performance bull sale averages $3,678

Forty-four performance and genomically tested bulls averaged $3,678 on October 25, 2021, at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, said University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole. The Angus sale-topper brought $6,200 for longtime consignors Wiles Ridge Ranch, Willow Springs. The successful buyer was an even longer buyer at the sale, Brackenridge Brothers, El Dorado […]

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NRCS announces november 19, 2021 application deadline for financial assistance

The Missouri USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced November 19, 2021, as the cut-off date to apply for the Fiscal Year 2022 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program. EQIP allows farmers, ranchers, forestland managers, and landowners an opportunity to conserve natural resources by making available financial assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals, […]

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Online tool now available for drought-stricken farms to estimate compensation for feed transportation costs

An online tool is now available to help ranchers document and estimate payments to cover feed transportation costs caused by drought, which are now covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated the program this year to include feed transportation costs as well as […]

Pearls of Production

Pearls of Production conference offers hands-on biosecurity training

The Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture program focuses on leadership and hands-on training for women in livestock production in Missouri. This year’s event, coordinated by the University of Missouri Extension, is Nov. 5-6 in Callaway County and on the MU campus. On Nov. 5, attendees will have a rare opportunity to visit a farrow-to-finish […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation invites women to free wingshooting event on October 16

The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a free Women on the Wing Bird Hunt event from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 16, 2021, near Mendon. This event will be held at Ringneck Farms, a game farm in northwestern Chariton County. Participants will learn about the techniques, gear, and strategies for hunting upland […]

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Struggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation bill

(Missouri Independent) – Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding, for now, a confrontation. But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, and […]