Farm & Ranch

Family farmers file brief against Department of Agriculture for unlawful withdrawal of Farmer Fair Practices rules

Administration Unlawfully Withdrew Rules that Would Have Helped Level the Playing Field Between Farmers and Agribusiness New Brief is Latest Development in Suit Against the Trump Administration for Siding with Big Ag over Small Farmers Washington, D.C. — On behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets and individual farmers, Democracy Forward filed a new brief

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Turner keeps it simple in large heifer replacement operation

by Linda Geist Denis Turner keeps his southwestern Missouri heifer replacement operation simple. For the most part, it is one man for 500-1,000 heifers at Turner’s Heifer Haven, a pasture-based operation where Turner raises heifers for others. “Make sure every task can be carried out by one person,” Turner says. “Two-man jobs are accomplished on

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Planning and patience lead to better forage and cattle

Patience pays off for cattle producers who wait for fescue to grow some before turning cattle out for spring grazing, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Patrick Davis. “After a long winter of feeding hay, producers are anxious to turn cattle into the fescue pasture,” Davis says. “However, it is better to wait until

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Farmers get latest research at MU soybean symposium

Tight crop profits cause farmers to plant more soybean acres. On April 4, growers can learn latest research at a soybean symposium in Columbia. “Plant breeding progress leads to more beans at lower cost,” says Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri soybean specialist and director of the Missouri Soybean Center. “Genetics plays a bigger role in

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Taste feeds growing demand for beef, says MU economist

Livestock owners increasing their herds must grow demand for meat. Current herd size expands meat supplies and domestic meat consumption to record levels. With more supply, expect lower prices, University of Missouri economist Scott Brown told the Womack Agricultural Outlook Conference in Columbia. But that didn’t happen as forecast in 2017. Growing beef demand worked

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NRCS offering second round of grants

– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) anticipates having up to another $500,000 in grant funds available for promoting public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill conservation activities. State Conservationist J.R. Flores said Missouri is looking for opportunities to collaborate with natural resource conservation partners in promoting public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill

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MU Extension Specialist Offers Tips for Starting a Farm to School Program

Farm to School programs boost excitement for schools and communities around healthy eating and gaining an experiential understanding of food and agriculture. “Communities that participate see enhanced economic growth and build social capital for public health initiatives,” said Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “I get asked a

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Missouri Farm Bureau testifies against Obama-Era coal regulations

Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB) offered testimony at an Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Listening Session in Kansas City regarding its proposal to repeal Obama-era global warming regulations aimed at the coal industry. The rules, which the Obama administration called the “Clean Power Plan,” would have impacted farmers and ranchers by dramatically increasing energy costs, with an

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Building success from farm to table

Working purposefully to connect the various parts of our local food system is important for a number or reasons according to Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Local food efforts improve access to local food, and helps us all learn where, how and by whom our food is grown,”

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Improve cattle grazing fescue pastures with legumes

Are your cattle performing poorly during the summer?  Do your cattle show symptoms of fescue toxicosis during the late spring and through the summer?  Are you wanting to increase pasture forage production, quality and cattle carrying capacity through the summer?  “One easy way to increase pasture forage production is to incorporate legumes into your fescue

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