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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    Vegetative buffers reduce herbicide runoff

    Research has shown that vegetative buffers are very good at controlling sediment and keeping it out of waterways. But what about reducing herbicides?

    “We have a major problem with that in the claypan soils in northeast Missouri,” said Bob Lerch, a soil scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Missouri.

    Lerch and his ARS colleagues decided to see how well buffers reduced herbicides in soils with high runoff potential.

    In 2004, the researchers began working

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    CHAPTER DEGREES AWARDED

    Chapter Degree Recipients are: Ashley Brown, Justin Johnson, Mckensi Marshall, Rebeca Posey, Steven Taylor, Kylee Tomason, Chandler Allison, Colby Charles, Logan Perridon, Claire Silvers, Hesston Stark, Chandra Bettis, Shelby Barger, Karlee Collins, Jake Hillsman, Morgan Sumner. Photo submitted by FFA Historiesn Makenzie Schwalm and Jaynee Beaty