Farm & Ranch

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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Missouri farmers, ranchers optimistic heading into 2018

by Eric Bohl Missouri Farm Bureau’s second annual FARMometer survey showed a number of positive trends in the attitudes of our state’s farmers and ranchers. The 1,200-plus attendees at MFB’s Annual Meeting at Tan-Tar-A in early December were polled on a number of agriculture-related topics, with the questions identical to last year’s inaugural survey. Overall,

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Bred heifers average $2,010 at Fruitland Show-Me-Select sale

In the fourth of six Show-Me-Select fall sales, replacement heifers brought an average price of $2,010 on 76 head. The heifers bred to calve next spring came from herd owners enrolled in the University of Missouri heifer development program. The heifers have improved genetics and management. Top prices of $2,500 went to three consignors. Those

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Improved drone technology gives farmers edge in scouting fields

Drones are higher in quality and lower in price than they were just a few years ago when farmers began using them, says University of Missouri Extension natural resources engineer Kent Shannon. Shannon gave an update on drone technology at MU Extension’s annual Crop Management Conference, Dec. 18-19 in Columbia. Shannon has taught farmers and

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