Deb Thummel 5th Generation Farmer

Video: Deb Thummel says her philosophy on the farm is “Kids, Cattle and Christ”

“My philosophy on the farm is that the three things that I truly enjoy are kids, cattle, and Christ, and they all come together here in his creation,” said Deb Thummel. “Anytime that I can involve kids, cattle, and Christ in the same thing, I’m a very happy person.” Thummel’s faith is planted as deep […]

Wild Turkey

Firearms turkey hunting expected to be similar to recent seasons

With fall firearms turkey season running Oct. 1 – 31 and archery turkey season underway, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) advises turkey hunters it could be another challenging season. According to MDC, turkey production in Missouri steadily increased during the 1990s before declining during the 2000s. While production began to increase throughout much of […]

Missouri FFA Jacket with emblem

Area students are winners in FFA proficiency categories; finalists for proficiency awards

Two FFA members in Mercer County are national finalists this year for proficiency awards. Others from chapters at Trenton and Gallatin are listed as winners of medals in their proficiency areas. Brylee Williams of the Princeton FFA Chapter is among four finalists across the country for a national award in swine production entrepreneurship. Zach Main […]

Cattle or Cows Behind a Fence in a Field

Thompson Research Center Virtual Field Day set for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Spickard

Each year, the Thompson Research Center, located in Spickard, Mo., opens its doors to the public to share research findings and information related to agriculture and natural resources during its field day. This year is going to look a little bit different. Instead of offering an in-person event, Thompson will go virtual this year, along […]

Economy

Survey shows economy improving in Missouri and Midwest

The economic picture is brightening for both Missouri and the Midwest. Creighton University’s August survey of supply managers and business leaders across the nine-state region finds the financial situation slowly improving. Economist Ernie Goss of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska says the survey’s leading economic indicator for the region climbed. “The index from that survey […]

Coronavirus

Missouri partners with Washington University for roll out of new COVID-19 saliva tests

The state of Missouri is working with Washington University in St. Louis to offer its new COVID-19 saliva test statewide soon. Officials reportedly hope to launch the tests later this month or in October. During a press conference in St. Louis, Missouri Economic Development Department Director Rob Dixon says the state is working alongside the […]

Pesticide Collection

Department of Natural Resources to hold pesticide collection event in Albany

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host a free pesticide collection event in Albany. Missouri farmers and households can come to the University of Missouri’s Hundley-Whaley Research Center at 1109 South Birch Street on August 29th from 8 o’clock to noon. Accepted items will include unwanted pesticides, rodenticides, dewormers, fly tags, fertilizers containing pesticides, […]

USDA Sign

New USDA survey to measure areas for improvement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers, and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency. A selection of 28,000 producers will receive […]

Hay and Grazing with cattle in pasture

USDA announces changes to emergency haying and grazing provisions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has announced changes for emergency haying and grazing of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. This includes changes outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill that streamlines the authorization process for farmers and ranchers. “FSA authorizes emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres under certain […]