Delayed 2012 drought-loss aid on the way; livestock producers eligible for USDA help

Posted April 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Farmers who lost forages or livestock in the drought of 2012 should prepare to document those losses. The 2014 farm bill includes livestock disaster aid going back to 2011.

Nearly $1 billion in disaster aid will be spent, the Congressional Budget Office estimates, says Scott Brown, University of Missouri agricultural economist.

“Many Missouri livestock producers will be eligible for payments. Some payouts may be big,” Brown says.

“Regulations have not been released. While USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) prepares rules, farmers can prepare to make their cases.

“There are few details in the disaster section of the farm bill. Those details must be spelled out before farmers can file claims at their FSA office.”

University of Missouri Extension plans educational support to producers. “Livestock disaster aid

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    Prices at bull sale shatter previous records

    The 83rd Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association’s bull sale March 31 at Springfield Livestock Marketing Center followed the current beef market trend with a record average price of $4,389.

    The 37 successful bidders on the bulls shattered the association’s previous high of $3,393, set at the October, 2013 sale according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    The top seller and new record price was $6,800 on an Angus, October, 2012 son of SAV Bismarck 5682 consigned by Naylor’s Angus, Buffalo. The successful bidder

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    Livestock producers affected by severe weather urged to keep good records

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia, this week repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records. This includes livestock and feed losses, and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchased forage or feed stuff.

    “The 2014 Farm Bill provides a strong farm safety net to help ranchers during these difficult times,” said Garcia. “We’ll provide producers with information

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    Learn how to replace toxic fescue pastures

    Toxic fescue pastures that cut Missouri livestock production will be the target of a program planned for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 31, at the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon. A fee of $60 is being changed and advance registration is required for the program since seating is limited to 60.

    Registration can be made by calling Carla Rathmann at 417/466-2148 or by sending an email to

    The Alliance for Grassland Renewal aims to teach

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    Dates and locations for the spring “Bull Breeding Soundness Clinics” have been set according to Eldon Cole, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist. Cole will be at the area BSE clinics to answer questions related to beef cattle production in southwest Missouri.

    “Bulls are a large investment and it pays to invest a small amount in the BSE test for insurance that your bull is capable of going out and breeding several cows in a 45 to 60 day breeding season,” said Cole.

    The clinics give the

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    Missouri regains No. 2 in cow numbers as national herd size continues decline

    Missouri returned as No. 2 beef cow state in the nation, with a 63,000-cow increase in 2013. The USDA cow count shows Missouri rose from No. 3 back to the position it held from 1983 to 2008.

    The state has 1.82 million cows, down from more than 2 million in 2008. The annual U.S. Department of Agriculture inventory shows Missouri to be one of only three states to grow herd size by more than 50,000 cows.

    In 2013, Kansas went up 86,000 cows. Oklahoma grew by 51,000. Arkansas

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    Forage meetings set for February

    Forage meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Stockton Christian Church, 703 W Street, Stockton.

    “This meeting is designed to educate farmers on strategies to improve their pastures for grazing and or hay production,” said Dr. Patrick Davis, livestock specialist in Cedar County with University of Missouri Extension.

    There are two keynote speakers for this year’s meeting. Travis Harper, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Henry County, will present: “Soil Fertility, Weed, and Brush Control.” Jill Scheidt, an agronomy specialist

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    30th Annual Spring Forage Conference set for Feb. 25

    The 30th annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield. Each year this conference attracts an increasing number of people interested in learning more about management strategies for forages and livestock.

    This year’s keynote speaker will be Jim Gerrish, Grassland Consultant. Jim is well known throughout the United States and the world for his extensive knowledge of all aspects of managing pasture forages, as evident in the number of awards, publications, articles, and speaking events. Jim spent 20 plus years in

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    Free farmer’s tax guides available at extension center

    Income tax time is around the corner and farmers need to start getting prepared according to Wesley Tucker, an agriculture business specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    A good resource that can help is the free Farmer’s Tax Guides available at your local University of Missouri Extension center.

    “This free publication and is helpful in explaining tax related issues. Whether you file your own taxes or hire a professional tax preparer, you still need to understand the basic farm income tax principals,” said Tucker.

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    Are you a woman who loves farming?

    Do you want to learn how to run your farm as a business? Do you want to learn how to do a better job of marketing or how to pass the farm to the next generation? If so, then join Annie’s Project, a class designed just for farm women. This class is being offered by University of Missouri Extension including seven evening sessions on Tuesdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4 and 11. The classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the Crowder College computer lab in Nevada.

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