Farm & Ranch

MU Extension offers farm business class for women

University of Missouri Extension will soon begin a new session of Annie’s Project, a farm management class for women. Farm women and women landowners learn new skills in the six-session evening class, said Mary Sobba, MU Extension agricultural business specialist. Classes in Kirksville, Mexico and Monticello begin March 2. Another class starts in Potosi on

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The importance of Agriculture Safety awareness

by Rebecca French Smith Not a month ago, a furry little friend in Pennsylvania proclaimed six more weeks of winter. Right. This winter has been a weird one, for sure. Who could blame him for getting it wrong? Of course, he is some 800 miles away from us here in Missouri. Here in Missouri, warm

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Workshops on preventing, responding to disease outbreaks set for two locations in Southwest Missouri

University of Missouri Extension will hold five workshops throughout the state on preventing and responding to disease outbreaks. Teng Lim, MU Extension agricultural engineer, says government groups have collaborated to bring an awareness of diseases that threaten the health of food animals and wildlife. In recent years, emerging threats have included porcine epidemic diarrhea virus

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Cedar County Cattlemen meet

The Cedar County Cattlemen’s Association met Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Land O’ Lakes Youth Fairgrounds in El Dorado Springs. The meeting was called to order by Billy Bruce with 62 members and guests present. The brisket dinner was sponsored by Dusty Moses, manager at Producers MFA-Walker. Tom Bryant gave the state director’s report. He

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Farm safety specialist urges safe practices during Grain Bin Safety Week

This is one of the most dangerous times of the year for farmers, says University of Missouri Extension safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch. Grain Bin Safety Week is Feb. 19-25. Farmers usually check and empty grain bins during late winter and early spring. This routine job is the source of many on-farm accidents and deaths, Funkenbusch

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Lime doesn’t harm K-31 fescue but nitrogen adds to toxicosis

Adding poultry litter or nitrogen to toxic fescue pastures grows more grass, but also boosts toxins in the grass. A three-year study at the University of Missouri shows liming helps grass but doesn’t increase ergovaline. That toxin harms grazing cattle many ways, mostly in lost production. In recent frigid cold, farmers reported cases of fescue

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Farmers needed for Missouri strip trial

Ten years ago, not many farmers were talking about cover crops. That is not the case now, says Greg Luce, University of Missouri Extension corn specialist and research director for the Missouri Soybean Association and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. He invites farmers to take part in MU’s Missouri Strip Trial Program, which focuses on

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Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may

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MDC invites public to attend grazing workshop in Greenfield

With proper management, grassland pastures that provide high quality forage for livestock can also furnish good habitat for wildlife. Cattle producers can learn more about how the use of native warm season grasses can benefit livestock and native wildlife on March 4 at a grazing workshop at the Greenfield Masonic Lodge, located on the square

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