Santa Fe Agri-Leaders have successful informational series

Friday, May 23, 2014
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The Santa Fe Agri-Leaders have completed another successful winter educational series for the 2014 year. This year's meetings spanned various topics and were well attended. Meetings were held on Monday nights at the Santa Fe Agriculture room at the Santa Fe High School.

The first meeting of the year featured Cory Robinson, Pioneer Account Manager for West Central Missouri. Cory spoke about Smart Phone Applications that are helpful for farmers. Applications are currently available to help producers make management decisions based on information they input into programs. Applications included fertilizer management, chemical management, field scouting, harvest management, and equipment locaters.

Lafayette County Commissioner Harold Hoflander and County Clerk Linda Niendick gave a state of the county address. They commented on several of the current initiatives of the county and gave an update on upcoming ballot issues. Members were able to ask questions about issues they were facing in their area.

Dr. Joe Parcell, Economics Professor at the University of Missouri, gave a market outlook program. He commented on past indicators and current happenings that are and will influence grain markets. Dr. Parcell also commented on livestock markets and price indicators.

Dr. Tony Martin, staff veterinarian for MFA, Inc., spoke to the group about livestock health. He covered current disease and genetic issues facing livestock producers in Missouri. Vaccination procedures and preventative strategies were discussed as well as current legislation affecting livestock producers.

Stephanie Tyler with FCS Financial Services gave a

presentation on farm lending. She discussed various measures producers can utilize to create better relationships with their lenders. Financial decision making strategies were outlined as well as measures to determine financial health.

Due to weather issues, the Annual Meeting was held as the last meeting of the year. This meeting featured Tyne Morgan, National Reporter for U.S. Fa

rm Report. Tyne discussed many of the current issues facing producers. Marketing, transportation, and legislative issues were discussed. Members had dinner and a short business meeting of Santa Fe Agri-Leaders was held.

The Santa Fe Agri-Leaders is an adult agriculture education group whose mission statement is "Moving Agriculture Forward." The Agri-Leaders have four strategic initiatives, Education, Leadership, Service and Networking. For more information about the Agri-Leaders, please visit our website at www.santafeagriLeaders.orgLeaders, or contact Harold Bertz at 660-674-2220.