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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 recognized for its outstanding sales performance in 2013 as an Apache Sprayer Dealer by Equipment Technologies, the manufacturer of Apache-brand sprayers...
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) today, exiting the river in St. Charles after paddling their tandem kayak across the state in 76 hours and 55 minutes. The Ag Rowers are sponsored by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC), Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and industry partners.
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 Management, Rep. K. Michael Conaway, held a hearing to examine the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as it implements the new commodity and crop insurance titles of the Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the farm bill...
USDA awards funds to promote development of rural wood to energy projects (07/30/14)
WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects. "Renewable wood energy is part of the Obama Administration's 'all of the above' energy strategy," Vilsack said. ...
MDC offers landowner's financial assistance to improve wildlife habitat (07/30/14)
Landowners wishing to improve their land for wildlife and other conservation goals can apply for technical and financial assistance from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Your local MDC private land conservationist (PLC) can come out to your property and give you a wildlife habitat management plan to help you in deciding what type of cost-share would be available for your property...
Amendment 1 will keep Missouri farming (06/25/14)
The beginning of June saw several congressmen speak about the "Farming Rights" amendment. Congressman Sam Graves and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver have joined their colleagues -- Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, Congressman Billy Long and Congressman Jason Smith -- in endorsing Amendment 1...
Santa Fe Agri-Leaders have successful informational series (05/23/14)
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...
Family financial education position discussed at Extension Council meeting (03/31/14)
A vacant family financial education position was one of the items on the agenda as well as regular business such as past bills, current bills, a recap of the Women in Ag Conference and other new business like the plans for the Extension's 100th year celebration as the Saline County University of Missouri Extension Council met on Thursday, March 27...
Women in Ag conference a raving success (03/18/14)
Those who attended the 11th annual Women in Ag conference had a good time. There was music, dancing, information and entertainment from this year's guest speakers; Julie Clark, Tyne Morgan and Baxter Black spoke to a capacity crowd on Friday, March 14, at the Martin Community Center in Marshall...
Houston E. Mull Memorial Scholarship Dinner and Auction has great turnout (10/28/13)
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the 9th Houston E. Mull FFA Memorial Scholarship event was enjoyed by many. The local FFA Chapter, along with members from Slater, Sweet Springs, Santa Fe and Malta Bend, sponsored the event held at the Saline County Fairground...
Dierker uses all-natural fertilizer for farming (10/21/13)
It's that time of year when farmers everywhere are beginning, or continuing, their harvesting of spring planting. For a local farmer, expecting a large yield for his soybean crop is readily anticipated. Keith Dierker, who farms for Chester and Dennis Nolte just west of Marshall, has been in the farming community his whole life. ...
Glenski takes reserve champion honor at state fair llama show (09/03/13)
Contributed photo Amanda Glenski, daughter of Chris and Callie Post of Marshall, took part in the Missouri State Fair Llama Show and placed in several events. Glenski and her llama Anastasia placed first in the costume class (pictured above). She also placed first in youth showmanship (15-18 years old). ...
Show-Me-Select Heifer meeting set for Feb. 26 (02/07/13)
By GENE SCHMITZ MU Extension Livestock Specialist The Show-Me-Select Heifer Development Program (SMS) is a statewide program designed to improve the quality of replacement heifers added to beef herds in Missouri. This University of Missouri educational program outlines specific practices, which have proven to be a benefit in developing a replacement heifer that will have a long and productive life in a Missouri herd...
Soils and Crops conference on Feb. 6 in Richmond (01/31/13)
The Annual Soils and Crops Conference is an event that gives producers the opportunity to hear the latest information and ideas from University of Missouri specialists; allowing them to make pivotal management decisions from research-based data. During the seminar, state MU Extension specialists will make presentations and answer questions on the following topics: Missouri Drought, Management Techniques to Increase Yield Stability, Cover Crops, and a Crop Pest Update...
Alternative forages may help (01/31/13)
By GENE SCHMITZ MU Extension Livestock Specialist Alternative forages are an important topic in light of the 2012 drought. Many beef cattle producers need to assess what plants currently comprise pastures and hay fields and decide if changes are needed. Producers can use the winter months to gather information on forage options in order to be prepared to act when early spring conditions allow agronomic practices to occur...
Workshop to focus on pasture renovation (01/31/13)
The summer of 2012 brought one of the worst droughts Missouri has had since the 1980's and pastures suffered immensely. Dr. Rob Kallenbach, Professor and State Forage Specialist at the University of Missouri, will give suggestions on making pastures more productive or doing a total pasture renovation...
Santa Fe Agri-leaders symposium set for Jan. 24 (01/21/13)
Glen Waters of Purina spoke to members of the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders on Thursday, Jan. 17. He covered feeding cattle during current drought conditions. He covered other timely topics including aflatoxin in corn. The Santa Fe Agri-Leaders sponsor weekly winter meetings. This week their annual Global Ag Symposium is set for Jan. 22 at the Concordia Community Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the keynote speaker begins at 9 a.m...
Global Ag symposium will be Jan. 24 (12/19/12)
The Sante Fe Agrileaders will host the third annual Global Agriculture Symposium on January 24, 2013. This one day event will be held at the Concordia Community Center in Concordia, Missouri. Registration begins at 8 am with the opening session at 9 am. ...
Santa Fe Agri-leaders to hold annual meeting Jan. 3 (12/19/12)
Santa Fe Agri-leaders President Diane Schmidt has announced that the Annual meeting and kick-off to the winter meeting series will be held January 3, 2013. Meeting will be held in the Santa Fe High School Commons with dinner at 6:30 pm. Keynote speaker will be Dr. John Hagler, Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture...
Registration opens Jan. 7 for Women in Ag conference (12/19/12)
Every year, the annual Women in Agriculture Regional Conference at the Martin community Center in Marshall gets better than the previous year. But this year, the 10th annual conference promises to be the best yet. Registration opens on Monday, Jan. 7 and organizers are encouraging people to sign up as early as possible...
Corn scholarship applications available (12/19/12)
(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)--The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council will award $7,500 in scholarships to deserving students in 2013. Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship Program are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related area of agriculture. ...
Slater FFA dedicates new shop annex (10/18/12)
The Slater FFA Alumni and others helped contribute funds so the chapter could add onto the FFA shop. On Oct. 10, Slater school board members and others gathered for the annex dedication.
McReynolds honored at reception (09/27/12)
Longtime Saline County Soil Conservationist Wayne McReynolds was honored at a reception on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Wood and Huston Community Room. McReynolds,73, has worked at the Saline County Natural Resources Conservation Service since it was formed 1974. He has spent more than 52 years working in civil service...
Getting cattle through the winter (09/27/12)
By GENE SCHMITZ MU Extension Livestock Specialist It is about 200 days until mid-April 2013 when producers can normally expect spring green-up in pastures. Recent rains have provided some relief from drought conditions and many pastures are producing some fall growth...
Farmers discuss aflatoxin and insurance at annual plot tour (08/08/12)
High temperatures and drought took its toll on the annual Santa Fe Agri-Leaders plot tour on Aug. 7, prompting a move indoors to the Alma Community Center. However, a large number of farmers still gathered to hear seed company representatives describe their different varieties available now and in the future...
Emergency program to provide water for livestock approved (07/31/12)
Livestock farmers faced with immediate water shortages due to the 2012 drought could get help through a recently approved federal Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). Funding for the program has not yet been approved, according to Jared Singer, Saline County's FSA executive director. However, they are taking applications now until Sept. 28...
"Ladies Day Out" provides passport to a special day (06/06/12)
Three wineries and a landscape company, along with a chartered bus and happy hour are on tap for "Ladies Day Out" on June 23. The day, sponsored by the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders, will give women a chance to enjoy a day catered to their interests. "Our chapter does a lot for the farmers and the producers, so we just wanted to do something especially for women this time," said Brittany Hemme, advisor of the Agri-Leaders...
Missouri's number one chapter holds annual banquet (Updated 8:40 a.m. May 18) (05/07/12)
Fresh off being named the number one chapter in the state, the Marshall High School FFA had plenty to celebrate at their annual banquet on May 4 in the school commons. Representative Joe Aull (D-Marshall) presented the FFA members and advisors with a proclamation regarding the top Missouri Chapter Activity Award they received at the 84th Missouri FFA convention...
Sweet Springs FFA holds annual banquet (05/07/12)
The Sweet Springs FFA once again celebrated a long list of accomplishments during their annual chapter banquet on May 2 in the school gymnasium. After a chapter carry-in dinner, the officer team announced awards, including $5,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors...
SWCD needs cost share documentation by June 30 (04/30/12)
By STEVEN WOODEN District Conservationist As we approach the end of the construction season for terraces and waterways this spring, please remember to get the documentation to your local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) needed to claim your cost share. Payments need to be requested before the end of June which is the end of the state fiscal year, so landowners need to have all documentation submitted to the SWCD office by June 1...
Three Sweet Springs FFA members win state proficiency awards (04/30/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2011--Two Sweet Springs FFA members, Taylor Loges and Colby Dohrman, won proficiency awards at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia, while another, Hope Heaper won a second-place award. Loges won the Missouri FFA Beef Production Placement while Dohrman won the Missouri FFA Swine Production Placement Proficiency Award...
Marshall FFA ag issues team wins district (04/16/12)
The Marshall FFA Agriculture Issues team recently attended the Area 6 FFA Contest held in Higginsville on March 20 and received first place out of three teams competing. Last week they competed at District FFA Contest in Warrensburg and won first place. ...
Malta Bend FFA to hold plant sale on Saturday, April 7 (04/05/12)
The Malta Bend FFA will be holding a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the school's greenhouse. Flowers, pots, planted pots, hanging baskets and various vegetables will be for sale. There will also be various planted items available for bid. Bids will close at noon...
New Area officers chosen (04/02/12)
Several local students were elected to serve as 2012-2013 Area VI officers. From left are: Historian Jillian Bertz - Odessa; Parlimentarian Taylor West - Wellington-Napoleon; Vice President Danny Kiehl-Malta Bend; Sentinel Kaylee McEachern-Slater; Treasurer Jack Lang -Boonville; Secretary Mikalah Vogelsmeier-Sweet Springs; Chaplain Kendall Kelley-Orrick; President Nora Faris-Concordia and Reporter Brian Bueker-Higginsville...
Saline County Farmer Wins $2,500 for Blackburn First Responders (04/02/12)
A $2,500 donation from the Farmers Grow Communities fund will almost double the annual budget of the Blackburn First Responders. On Friday, March 30, Monsanto territory sales manager Jody Foutch presented a check to the volunteer organization, which responds to all medical calls in a roughly 50 square mile radius around Blackburn, Elmwood and Mount Leonard...
Saline County Farmer Wins $2,500 for Blackburn First Responders (03/28/12)
Ben Kirchhoff, a farmer from Blackburn has been selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow Communities. The award sponsored by Monsanto, gives farmers a chance to win $2,500 for their local nonprofit organization. Kirchhoff has designated Blackburn First Responders, located in Blackburn, to receive the award...
Saline County Farmer Wins $2,500 for Blackburn First Responders (03/28/12)
Ben Kirchhoff, a farmer from Blackburn has been selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow Communities. The award sponsored by Monsanto, gives farmers a chance to win $2,500 for their local nonprofit organization. Kirchhoff has designated Blackburn First Responders, located in Blackburn, to receive the award...
Cattlemen award six scholarships for 2012 (03/21/12)
The Saline County Cattlemen have announced their annual $500 scholarship recipients for high school seniors in Saline County. The Cattlemen have been awarding scholarships to area students for over fifteen years. This year's selections are: Kirsten Kelly, daughter of Kelly and Elaine Kelly, a senior at Marshall High School, plans to attend the University of Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla, MO where she intends to major in Biochemistry...
Saline County Cattlemen elect new officers (03/07/12)
The annual Saline County Cattlemen meeting was held at Stone Hedge Country Club in Marshall on Monday, March 5. After a steak dinner the members heard from Katie Steen of the Missouri's Cattlemen Foundation. She spoke about the many ways Missouri's Cattlemen's organization is working to benefit cattle farmers in the state...
Global Ag Symposium (02/08/12)
Above, Brett Begemann, executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Monsanto, was the opening speaker during the second annual Santa Fe Agri-Leaders Global Ag Syposium on Jan. 26. Begemann, who grew up on a farm in Lafayette County, spoke about his work in Southeast Asia and possibilities for U.S. farm exports...
Global Ag Symposium set for Jan. 26 (01/20/12)
Area farmers can learn more about local agriculture and its international impact at the Global Ag Symposium set for Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Concordia Community Center, 802 South Gordon Street in Concordia. "We are really excited about the program," said David Lueck of Santa Fe Agri-Leaders, which is presenting the conference for the second year...
Calving Clinic for Women set for Jan. 17 (01/10/12)
The University of Missouri Extension will be holding a free "Calving Clinic -- Especially for Women" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Saline County Extension Office in Marshall. The clinic will teach women how to care for the mother and newborn calf, kid, lamb or foal, especially after a difficult birth...
Show-Me-Select heifers sell well (01/03/12)
Show-Me-Select Heifer Sale Review- 2011 Location Number per sale Average Heifer Price Carthage 245 $1433 Kingsville 197 $1670 Fruitland 127 $1716...
Woodland/Savanna management workshop set for Jan. 31 in Marshall (12/27/11)
The Missouri Department of Conservation invites you to a free Woodland/Savanna Management Workshop workshop on Sat. Jan. 31 from noon to 3 p.m. in Marshall. The workshop will be held on the Missouri Valley College campus in the R. Wilson Brown Room at the Ferguson Center...
Gregory named to inaugural corn leadership academy (12/20/11)
(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)--A select group of nine farmers met in Jefferson City Dec. 14-15, to form the inaugural class of the Missouri CornRoots Leadership Academy sponsored by the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC)...
Missouri corn scholarship applications now available (12/14/11)
(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)--Applications for the 2012 Missouri Corn Scholarships are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related areas of agriculture. This year, 10 deserving students will be awarded $750 scholarships by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council...
Film about this summer's flooding available online (10/31/11)
(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)-Last week, The Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and the Missouri Corn Growers unveiled the short documentary "Underwater and Overlooked: Crisis on the Missouri River". It features stories of farmers, who were underwater for 100 plus days...
Emergency Watershed assistance available through NRCS (10/31/11)
Columbia, MO -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program assistance to landowners affected by recent Missouri River flooding. EWP is the USDA's primary method of providing financial and technical assistance for repairing measures damaged by floods and other natural occurrences...
Town Hall meeting focused on threats to agriculture (10/17/11)
Standing together as an industry and getting the word out about threats to agriculture was the main theme of an town hall meeting held on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Martin Community Center in Marshall. Approximately 100 people from as far away as Lebanon, attended the meeting which was sponsored by Missouri Farmers Care and the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders...
Golf tournament and farm tour a success for Santa Fe Agri-Leaders (08/22/11)
A golf course isn't the first place you would look for a group of Missouri Young Farmer's, but on Wednesday August 4th, that's exactly where you would've found most of them from the Lafayette County Chapter. The Santa Fe Agri-Leaders hosted its First Annual Golf Classic at Indian Foothills Golf Course. The tournament started at 9 a.m. with 16 three-man teams participating...
Saline County Farm Bureau holds annual dinner meeting (08/17/11)
A large crowd attended the Saline County Farm Bureau annual dinner meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Saline County Fairground Multipurpose Building. Local president Vince Buck introduced the speaker for the evening, Missouri Farm Bureau Vice President Todd Hays...
Santa Fe Agri-Leaders to host Golf Tournament/Mini Tour (07/20/11)
As the Lafayette County group of Missouri Young Farmers is still funding its own program, they keep looking for new ways to find support. The Agri-Leaders have announced two upcoming events, the First Annual Golf Classic on August 4th and the First Annual Mini Crop Tour on August 5th...
Farmers watch swollen river and seep water as Corps releases more water (06/23/11)
Sitting at flood stage for almost a month now, farmers and landowners in the Missouri River bottoms of Saline County continue to get more seep water behind the levees, as they wait for new record releases from Gavin's Point dam to reach the area. "We're in the initial phases of the ditches filling," said local farmer Mendell Elson, who is a board member of the Miami Levee District No.1. ...