Farm & Ranch

2018 Farm Bill Passes the House

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement upon the House’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. “Missouri farmers work hard every day to feed the world, and they need the certainty that this farm bill provides. This bill ensures the American consumer continues to enjoy the safest, most abundant food supply in the world

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MU Extension offers four-day tour for cattle producers

University of Missouri Extension offers cattlemen a bus tour of cattle operations in Kansas and Oklahoma from Aug. 6-9. MU Extension Livestock Specialist Patrick Davis said the tour offers an opportunity to see several cattle operations to help them manage herds better, avoid disease conditions and make herds more profitable. Registration deadline is July 15.

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Farmers asked to respond to land rent survey

Missouri farmers are asked to respond to a land rent survey, says University of Missouri Extension economist Ray Massey. A report compiled from the anonymous survey responses will help landowners and renters make better decisions about lease rates. The survey is issued only in electronic form this year. It takes about five minutes to complete.

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Tips for shade and cattle

According to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, shade for beef cattle in southwest Missouri is vitally important. Research findings on cattle and shade, including tests in Missouri and Arkansas, confirm that natural shade from trees gave better animal performance than shade from constructed shades. “Twenty-five square feet per adult cow is

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Modern farming practices gaining more believers

by Eric Bohl A major American food company recently announced its strong stance in support of genetically-modified ingredients, commonly referred to as GMOs. General Mills, maker of such varied foods as Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Chex Mix and Hamburger Helper, announced in May that it was standing with the “broad global consensus among food and safety

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Cover crop field guide now available as mobile app

The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) recently reformatted its popular field guide as an app for smartphones and tablets. The Midwest Cover Crop Field Scout app lets farmers, crop advisers and conservation professionals access vital cover crop information from mobile devices. The app improves on the printed guide by providing additional photos and links to

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Missouri Soybean Hall of Fame inducts George Washington Carver

Missouri native George Washington Carver was named the second member of the Missouri Soybean Center Hall of Fame during the third annual Soybean Symposium in April. “We can be proud that Missouri produced this great person. He was an agronomist with a mission,” said Bill Wiebold, director of the Missouri Soybean Center. In his role

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Cattlemen finish year strong

The Cedar County Cattlemen’s have wrapped up a busy spring. On Saturday, April 14, the cattlemen held their annual banquet and auction at the Ray H. Zumwalt Expo Center in Stockton. The evening was sponsored by Crown Power and the Cedar County Cattlemen. Members and guests enjoyed dinner catered by The Boathouse restaurant and had

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Cows going bald?

May is a good time to score your cow herd for hair shedding according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Hair shedding is around 35 percent heritable.  That means you can select cattle that shed off more quickly than others,” said Cole. Early shedders wean off heavier calves, suffer less heat

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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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