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USDA Risk Management Agency to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop insurance premiums

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency announced Thursday that it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help farmers and ranchers affected by this year’s “extreme weather.” The USDA will defer the accrual of interest on crop insurance premiums to the earlier of the applicable […]

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Useful USDA resources available for farmers hurt by 2018, 2019 disasters

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, including Hurricane Dorian, can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). Signup for this U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program began Sept. 11, 2019. “U.S. agriculture has been dealt a hefty […]

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Prairie Day at Dunn Ranch Prairie and Pawnee Prairie in Harrison County set for September 14, 2019

The tallgrass prairie holds a special place in Missouri’s history, and native grasslands also continue to play a role in modern agriculture today. The state’s grassland legacy and future will be celebrated at a free Prairie Day event 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, at Dunn Ranch Prairie and Pawnee Prairie in […]

Mid-Missouri Grazing School set for September 9-10 in Boone County

The annual Mid-Missouri Grazing School will be held Sept. 9-10 in Boone County. The school teaches producers both the art and science of management-intensive grazing, says Heather Conrow, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist in Howard County. The two-day school covers pasture management from economics to fencing and watering livestock, Conrow says. Attending a school […]

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August 30th is sign-up deadline for emergency assistance to flooded farms

Farmers affected by flooding have until Aug. 30 to apply for help from USDA emergency assistance programs, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Heather Conrow. The USDA Farm Service Agency provides up to 75% of approved renovation costs, to a maximum of $500,000, through its Emergency Conservation Program, says Conrow, who was part of […]

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Management Intensive Grazing School to be held at Greenley Research Center

A Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) School is scheduled for August 22-23, 2019 at the Greenley Research Center, Novelty, MO. The two-day school will provide opportunities for in-depth discussions and field exercises covering both agronomic and livestock topics related to grazing and livestock production on pastures. Topics include pasture species selection and management, fencing and watering […]

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Missouri Extension Livestock Specialist: Stockpile tall fescue now for winter feeding

Plan now to stockpile tall fescue for winter feeding. Stockpiled fescue lowers feed input costs and leads to better profits in cattle operations, says University of Missouri Extension livestock field specialist Patrick Davis.  Begin stockpiling tall fescue by resetting fescue pastures to 3 to 4 inches and adding 40 to 50 pounds of nitrogen in […]

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Rules allow corn, soybean cover crops to provide fall forage for cattle herds

Corn and soybean crops planted on “prevented acres” not planted last spring may provide corn and soybean forage for cattle this fall. With a wet spring, many farmers failed to make quality hay for cow herds. Now, cover crops needed on bare crop ground may produce quality forage.  Earlier regulations on unplanted cropland restricted using […]

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For added fall fescue growth, hold off nitrogen until August

Tall fescue, Missouri’s most used pasture grass, provides fall and winter grazing with proper management.  With growing concern about the lack of stored forage, grazing offers potential feed this year.   Fescue grows in two distinct seasons, spring and fall. Fall growth isn’t as robust as in spring. With good management, fescue gives grazing well […]

Management Intensive Grazing School to be held at Greenley Research Center

A Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) School is scheduled for August 22-23, 2019 at the Greenley Research Center, Novelty, MO. The two-day school will provide opportunities for in-depth discussions and field exercises covering both agronomic and livestock topics related to grazing and livestock production on pastures. Topics include pasture species selection and management, fencing and watering […]