Farm & Ranch

Crawford victory in Senate Special Election a win for Missouri farmers

Trustees of the Missouri Farm Bureau Regional Endorsement Committee representing the State Senate’s 28th District congratulate State Representative Sandy Crawford (R) on her successful campaign to complete the unexpired senatorial term of Mike Parson, who was elected lieutenant governor. Crawford won decisively with over 68 percent of the vote in the Aug. 8 Special Election.

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Pinkeye problems showing up

Pinkeye has been showing up in numerous beef cattle operations in southwest Missouri during the last four to six weeks according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. The most susceptible animals are nursing calves and fall born 2016 weaned calves. “It seems most adult animals escape the eye infection probably because

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Japan slaps high tariff on U.S. beef

Japan says “Whoa, go slow” on imports of frozen beef from the United States. To safeguard their own beef farmers, Japan raised tariffs on U.S. beef from 38.5 to 50 percent. “This increases the price of U.S. beef for Japanese consumers,” says Scott Brown, University of Missouri beef economist. “Less foreign consumption increases beef supply

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Dad’s Farm Jacket

by Estil Fretwell Recently I came upon Dad’s farm jacket I inherited when he passed away almost 20 years ago.  Out of curiosity, I tried it on.  Now Dad liked to eat, and while he was not necessarily fat, he was rather “husky.”  To my alarm, the jacket fit quite well.  Further examination of the

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Monett dairy farmer switching to beef

Fourth-generation farmer Mike Meier knows change will help his family’s Century Farm survive. The rotational grazing and breeding system he uses for his dairy herd works. Now he wants to apply those principles to beef cattle. “At 56, I wanted to go in a different direction,” he says. He wants to see how much profit

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Missouri cattleman can now export beef to China

Following demands from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and a bipartisan group of colleagues, President Trump has finalized an agreement with China to lift its beef import ban and allow Missouri ranchers to export their beef to China. “This is outstanding news for Missouri ranchers who can support more jobs and increase their profits by tapping

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MU Summer Tax School centers on farm taxes

University of Missouri Extension will sponsor a Summer Tax School July 6 at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Columbia. MU Extension agricultural business specialist Mary Sobba says the program centers on farm tax issues. Speakers include a tax law professor, a retired Internal Revenue Service agent and a Missouri Department of Revenue employee. Topics

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Farmers at Low Risk of Being Replaced by Computers

by Stewart Truelsen It’s a job-seekers’ market this year with the unemployment rate slowly declining and job creation at a high level, but how long will these jobs last? Computerization, robotics and artificial intelligence will bring a sea change to the workplace over the next couple of decades, creating new occupations and eliminating some current

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Farm custom rates updated

For some jobs, farmers need help. Custom operators provide a wide range of services. The jobs vary from tillage and planting to spreading fertilizer and harvesting grain and hay. Big jobs might be building fence or moving dirt. A University of Missouri Extension price guide lists nearly 150 services. The guide, which was updated this

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