Farm & Ranch

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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Buy and sell hay at the right price

The current price of hay is a frequent question asked by callers to the area county extension offices. It is an important question to cattle producers wanting to turn a profit because hay costs represent a significant overall expense in raising cattle. “The calls come from sellers as well as people looking to purchase hay.

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It is possible to raise cattle on small acreages

Five acres of land, a small pond and a desire for schedule flexibility does not sound like the typical path to success for cattle producers. However, land in southwest Missouri can provide a reasonably priced home for a cow compared to other parts of the nation, which is why Missouri ranks number two in beef

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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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