Bulls in farm lot

Show-Me-Select rules require genetically tested bull EPDs

New sire selection rules for Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifers improve reliable calving-ease genetics. “Bulls used in the heifer program will carry DNA-tested EPDs (expected progeny differences),” said Jared Decker, University of Missouri Extension geneticist.  The rules going into effect Feb. 1, 2019, were set by the SMS governing board of farmers. “DNA tests add reliability to EPDs […]

Prius Car

EPA’s reduction in fuel standards concerns Missouri leaders

Missouri’s air quality could take a hit in future years if a reduction in fuel-efficiency standards announced on Thursday by the EPA is allowed to take effect.  The proposal would freeze fuel-economy standards to hold them to 2020 levels. It rolls back an Obama administration requirement to increase the fuel standard to 54 miles per gallon by […]

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USDA to authorize up to $12 billion in programs to assist farmers impacted by tariffs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals […]

U.S. Postal Mail Trucks

Audio: McCaskill says rural America would be hurt by U.S. Postal Service privatization

(Missurinet) – Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill opposes the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service. During a committee hearing this week in Washington on the proposed plan, she says rural America would experience a decline in service.     The Postal Service has been asking for flexibility to increase prices and ease some of the […]

Jamesport Tri-County School

Tri-County Board of Education accepts bids; announces lunch prices to remain the same as last year

The Jamesport Tri-County Board of Education accepted bids for bread, milk, and fuel at its meeting Wednesday evening. The accepted bread bid was from Graves with Superintendent David Probasco noting the bid was for several bread products, which varied in price. The milk bid was from Hiland Dairy for the variable rate option. The milk […]

NCMC Ketcham Community Center

NCMC Ketcham Center receives new fitness equipment; membership prices increase slightly

The Ketcham Community Center on the campus of North Central Missouri College in Trenton saw a slight increase in its membership prices this year. Ketcham Center Director Nathan Gamet explains the increase comes out to less than $2.00 per month for the annual memberships. The new rate for a single membership costs $240 with a […]

Chickens

Chicken-wing demand helps farm prices; turkeys don’t share consumer taste shift

Chicken wings helped poultry farm prices take off this year. Wing prices ran at least 30 percent above year-ago levels since late May, say University of Missouri Extension economists. Thighs and legs also sold well above a year ago. Dark meat leads demand, say Scott Brown and Daniel Madison. A trend to dark hasn’t helped […]

Cow Calf

Beef price outlook at long-term normal, but unexpected news can change prices

“Why do you hang on to your calves?” the beef economist asked cow-herd owners in the room. Scott Brown answered his own question: “Because their price is going up. Right?” Brown, with University of Missouri Extension, cautioned, “There are still downside risks.” The risk remains in spite of slowing of sharp price declines since October. […]