The Marion County USDA Service Center will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. 

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages agricultural producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk Loss and Price Loss Coverage programs. March 15, 2020 is the enrollment deadline for the 2019 crop year.

Agriculture impacts our lives daily. Thanks to farmers in Missouri and around the world consumers have food choices, clothing, transportation, shelter and so much more. 

Marion County Farm Bureau members helped bring some holiday cheer Friday to the home-bound in the county by distributing 100 sacks of groceries to people in need.  Pictured are Josh Underhill (left) and Bryan Bartz loading up a truck with items to take to homes.

October weather in Missouri gave sharp contrasts. September weather that felt like August went away. October 2019 was the coldest October in 10 years and the fifth month this year that was colder than normal. Unexpected snow over much of the state ended the month.

“This fall, millions of Americans will make an annual pilgrimage to a retail outlet to purchase a vegetable they, unfortunately, are unlikely to eat,” said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.

Most soybean and corn likely will yield less than normal this year due to late planting and unfavorable weather during critical grain-fill periods, says University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold.

Two family-owned, full-service John Deere dealer groups headquartered in Mexico, Mo., and Waterloo, Ill., announced plans to merge their businesses Oct. 1. 

University of Missouri Extension offers a Beef Cattle Artificial Insemination School in October at Lincoln University’s Alan T. Busby Farm, Jefferson City.

Leonardo da Vinci might have been describing the last few growing seasons for pastures when he wrote, “Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated, will produce the rankest weeds.”

University of Missouri Extension rural safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch said National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 15-21, is a good time to review precautions for grain bins with farmworkers and family members.

Fall harvest and texting on Missouri’s rural roadways do not mix, says University of Missouri Extension safety and health specialist Karen Funkenbusch. “Turn your cellphone to TTYL (“talk to you later”) and stay alert for moving farm equipment,” she says.

Plan now to stockpile tall fescue for winter feeding. Stockpiled fescue lowers feed input costs and leads to better profits in cattle operations, says Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension livestock field specialist.

A Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) School is scheduled for Aug. 22-23, at the Greenley Research Center, Novelty. 

Through a mail and electronic ballot, the stockholders of FCS Financial elected four directors to the board. Elected by the cooperative’s member-owners were incumbent Kenny Bergmann of Walnut Grove, Mo., incumbent Mark Pierce of Dekalb, Mo., Dale Ridder of Hermann, Mo., and David Wright of E…

Marion County Farm Bureau board members, including Joyce Vannice, observed Dairy Month in June by passing out free ice cream sandwiches to the intersection of Main and Ross streets in Palmyra Thursday afternoon.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) continuous signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. 

With 896,570 Missourians labeled as “food insecure” according to the Map the Meal Gap 2016 study, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance recognizes the need to obtain and distribute food to hungry families across the state. 

Water beds for cows improve comfort and milk production at the University of Missouri’s Foremost Dairy Research Center near Columbia.

With school cancellations because of the weather, Marion County Farm Bureau’s Thank a Farmer Week program at the Palmyra Elementary School was postponed till classes resumed. Board Members Lacey Miller and Cindy Griesbaum finally were able to read to the third grade classes taught by Joanna …

Corn farmers, industry representatives and guests from across the state gathered in Jefferson City, Mo., recently for the Missouri Corn Growers Association annual meeting and legislative day. 

Craig Sutter of Taylor, recently won state first place in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated division of the 2018 National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest. Sutter won with Pioneer P1197AM brand corn, which yielded 303.78 bushels per acre.  

Caleb Jones, an attorney and former legislator, has taken the helm as the new executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Jefferson City. 

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