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Five to 10 percent of dairy farms close each year, in part because of a lack of skilled laborers, says University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist Ted Probert. To help the dairy industry survive, a national nonprofit organization has created an apprenticeship program to fill positions …

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Missouri farmers are asked to respond to a land rent survey, said University of Missouri Extension economist Ray Massey in a news release. A report compiled from the anonymous survey responses will help landowners and renters make better decisions about lease rates.

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Grilling season started early this year with above average temperatures and lower meat costs. The early summer means families started to enjoy hot-off-the-grill foods much earlier than normal and at affordable prices.
The American Farm Bureau Market Basket Survey compares Missouri food price…

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Since the devastating 2012 drought, farmers spent the past five seasons rebuilding their herds and getting back to a sustainable level. Many have just started to feel like their feet are back under them. But with the dry months of summer now setting in, many Missouri cattle farmers are strug…

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Rhodococcus equi is a bacterial organism found in dry and dusty soil in horse environments that can cause pneumonia in young foals. A zoonotic disease, Rhodococcus equi can also infect people who are immunocompromised, such as HIV-AIDS patients. Philip Johnson, a professor of equine internal…

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Missouri farmers are asked to respond to a land rent survey, said University of Missouri Extension economist Ray Massey in a news release. A report compiled from the anonymous survey responses will help landowners and renters make better decisions about lease rates.

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In dry weather with short pastures, Missouri cow-herd owners face tough culling decisions. One way to match cows’ needs to available grass is to sell cows.

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Missouri farmers are asked to respond to a land rent survey, says University of Missouri Extension economist Ray Massey. A report compiled from the anonymous survey responses will help landowners and renters make better decisions about lease rates.

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June’s Polk County Cattlemen meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Rocking R Auction Building at 5650 S. Scenic Ave., Bolivar.

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Area women who own or manage farmland are invited to a conservation discussion focused on improving soil health Tuesday, June 26, at the Watershed Center,  2400 E. Valley Water Mill Road, Springfield.

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June’s Polk County Cattlemen meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Rocking R Auction Building at 5650 S. Scenic Ave., Bolivar.

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Despite the tremendous distractions in Missouri politics this spring, the 2018 Missouri legislative session ended with several big wins for both rural Missourians and the entire state. Lawmakers were able to overcome personal and political differences to prioritize agriculture, the state’s N…