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Ag News for Mid Missouri

Dove season opener likely to draw crowds
JEFFERSON CITY -- With the 2014 dove hunting season opening on a national holiday, the Missouri Department of...
Lessons in life through the years
As a child, I hated August. It was hot, humid and represented the month summer ended and school began. For my...
USDA announces the extension Milk Incove Loss Contract program for 2014
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced the extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program, which protects dairy farmers against income loss through Sept. 1, 2014, or until a new Margin Protection Program for dairy producers (MPP) is operational...
Riggins Ag Equipment honored for outstanding Apache Sprayer sales (09/02/14)
Riggins Ag Equipment of Missouri, a farm machinery and products business with locations in Marshall and Concordia, was...
Back on dry land: Ag Rowers successfully paddled 340 miles to raise agriculture awareness (08/27/14)
The Missouri Corn and Soybean Rowers, also known as the Ag Rowers, finished the Missouri American Water 340 (MR340)...
Ag panel examines USDA's efforts implementing reforms in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (07/30/14)
WASHINGTON -- Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk...
Jim Ed Peel (Slater) (08/27/14)
Jim Ed Peel has been around farming all his life and has never wanted to do anything different. His dad started the...

FFA: Kimberly Michaels
"I think agriculture is really important because it is everything. Agriculture is all around us and it affects everything we do, even though some people don't think agriculture affects everything we do, but it does, because it is our life. People need to take agriculture more seriously."...

FFA: Mariah Harper
"I find agriculture very, very important because if we are to feed 90 billion people by 2050 then we're going to have to pick up our agriculture stuff. There's a lot of things that involve agriculture. There's very few jobs that you could say that you are working that doesn't involve agriculture."...

2014 Saline County Fair: 4-H, FFA members recognized at ceremony concluding the county fair
The 2014 Saline County Fair Awards Ceremony was held Sunday, July 20. A welcome was given by Sam Igo, followed by an introduction of the Senior Fair Queen, Kayla Elson and Junior Fair Queen, Molly Angelhow. The High Point Poultry award was presented to Josey Bartlett, the award was donated by Jerry and Kris Snapp family. ...
Dry fields increase harvest fire risks
By Linda Geist/MU Extension ~ 09/15/14
National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 21-27. Dead leaves, stalks, husks, oil and fuel are never in short supply when harvest begins. They can ignite fires in fields, farm equipment, grain trucks and wagons. As harvest season approaches, University of Missouri Extension specialist Kent Shannon reminds producers to think about prevention and preparation...
Garden journal and calendar available from MU Extension
By Debbie Johnson/MU Extension ~ 08/27/14
There are many steps to creating a beautiful, productive garden. Soil preparation, mulching, adding compost, starting seeds, when to plant and when to harvest are just a few things you need to understand to create a successful garden.
Crowds gathered on the Missouri State Fairgrounds to Celebrate Kids in Agriculture - Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Saturday, Aug. 16. The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, with record-breaking prices, raising $152,600... >>
Simeon Buie, son of Dan and Rebecca Buie, is the exhibitor of the 2014 Grand Champion Pen of Chickens at the Missouri State Fair. He is a member of the Work to Win 4-H Club. Buie's prize-winning chickens weighed an average of 5.95 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens honor also went... >>

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Today's soybean and consumer demand
Today's soybean and consumer demand In my last two articles I've been focusing on Biologicals and the what's and why's of how important they can be to your farming operation. Today, I want to step back a little bit and look at the bigger picture. I want to tell you why all of this will impact your future and how your farming business can benefit from the changes that are taking place today in our culture...
Healthier plants produce more seed
First, I want to start off by thanking everyone for the overwhelming response to my last article about Biologicals. After speaking with many of you and reading your emails, it is clear that this is a technology that's of great interest to farmers. And it should be, because of the dramatic impact that biologicals can have upon your yields. Below, I am going to cover a few of the questions that you have asked me...
Farm Safety
Personal protective equipment
 Dressing properly when handling livestock is an essential step to protecting yourself and others. There are 26 bones in the human foot, all which can easily be crushed if stepped on by an...
Animals have always been an integral part of Missouri's farming heritage. In fact, Missouri ranks second in the country in cattle, fourth in turkeys, and among the top 10 for hogs and poultry. Despite that, there are a...
Farm safety may seem like something only teens who live on farms need to know about. The truth is that everyone can benefit from learning about farm safety, even people who are merely visiting farms. Farming is a common form...