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University of Missouri Extension offers farm lease program on November 10th

Landowners and renters can learn about farm leases from the University of Missouri Extension specialists 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Participants can attend in person or through Zoom, says Joe Koenen, MU Extension agriculture business specialist, and longtime presenter on farm leases. “Open communication is the key,” Koenen says. “Communication helps landlords and tenants find […]

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Enrollment begins for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for 2021

Agricultural producers can now make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2021 crop year. The signup period opened Tuesday, Oct. 13. These key U.S. Department of Agriculture safety-net programs help producers weather fluctuations in either revenue or price for certain crops, and more than $5 billion […]

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Trump administration invests more than $250,000 to support rural Missouri communities

The Trump Administration, along with the Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, today announced that the USDA is investing $254,621 in Rural Community Development Initiative grant funds to bolster rural housing, community programs, and economic development. “The USDA Rural Development RCDI program capitalizes on public/private partnerships to provide training and […]

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Temple Grandin headlines women in ag online conference

Temple Grandin, renowned author on animal behavior and autism, will be one of four keynote speakers during the virtual 2020 Pixels of Production – Women in Agriculture conference. Pixels of Production offers women farmers and ranchers a four-night opportunity to learn practical tips and be inspired, says University of Missouri Extension swine nutritionist Marcia Shannon. […]

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USDA Issues $1.68 billion in payments to producers enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing $1.68 billion in payments to agricultural producers and landowners for the 21.9 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which provides annual rental payment for land devoted to conservation purposes. “CRP is one of the many ‘tools’ that USDA offers to producers and private landowners to […]

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“Public Information Open House” to be held in Milan regarding updates to impact statements for East Locust Creek Reservoir

What’s called a “Public Information Open House” is scheduled next month in Milan regarding updates to the environmental impact statement for the East Locust Creek Reservoir in Sullivan County. A draft of the environmental statement includes the construction of a multipurpose reservoir in Sullivan County to be a water source and offer recreational opportunities. An […]

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NW Electric Power Cooperative in Cameron receives $35 million loan to improve infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a $35,381,000 loan to the NW Electric Power Cooperative of Cameron to improve 27 miles of electric line. NW Electric maintains 130 sub-stations and approximately 18,000 miles of transmission line while delivering wholesale power to seven distribution cooperatives including from this immediate area, Farmer’s Electric in Chillicothe, Grundy […]

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Trump Administration invests nearly $42 million to improve rural electric infrastructure in rural Missouri, Iowa, & Nebraska

The Trump Administration, along with the Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Directors for Missouri Jeff Case, for Iowa Grant Menke, and for Nebraska Karl Elmshaeuser, today announced the USDA is investing $41,967,000 to build and improve critical electric infrastructure.  The funding, made possible through the Electric Loan Program, will benefit more than 77,000 rural […]

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Trump administration extends free meals for kids for entire school year

 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. This unprecedented move is part of USDA’s unwavering commitment to ensuring all children across America have access to nutritious food […]

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Dairy margin coverage program enrollment for 2021 opens October 13

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications for the Dairy Margin Coverage program on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, for 2021 enrollment.  “This year has been a market roller coaster for the dairy industry, and the Dairy Margin Coverage program is a valuable tool dairy producers can use to manage risk,” said Bill Northey, USDA’s Under […]