USDA IS READY TO HELP Missouri farmers and ranchers recover from recent flooding and tornadoes. Recent extreme weather conditions have impacted farmers and ranchers in

Missouri, and USDA has disaster assistance programs available to help agricultural producers recover.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers many programs to help producers recover from losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, Emergency Forest Restoration Program and the Tree Assistance Program. 

Producers located in counties receiving a primary or contiguous disaster designation are eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses, an FSA news release said.

“FSA has a variety of disaster assistance programs to support farmers and ranchers through times of adversity,” Brent Hampy, state executive director for the FSA in Missouri, said in the release. “Once you are able to evaluate your losses, it is important to contact your local FSA office to report all damages and losses and learn more about how we can assist.”

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FOCUS ON AGRICULTURE by competing in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s photo contest.

The contest is open to Missouri’s amateur photographers of all ages. Participants may enter up to three photos in each of the six categories. The photo contest categories are beauty of the farm, faces of the farm, the farmer’s life, pride of the farm and farm selfie. Children's barnyard, a special category for photographers 12 and under, is back for the 10th annual contest, as well.

Entries will be judged on visual impact, creativity, memorable content and image quality and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14.

Winners will be announced in early July, and winning images will be displayed in the agriculture building during the Missouri State Fair Aug. 8-18. 

Photos submitted to the contest will be also placed on the department’s Flickr stream.

To submit photos, visit Agriculture.Mo.Gov/focus and complete the online form.

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EXTERNAL PARASITE CONTROL may reduce the chances of pinkeye and anaplasmosis in cattle, University of Missouri Extension says.

“Anaplasmosis and pinkeye are cattle problems that negatively impact the health, performance and profit potential of the cattle operation,” says Regional MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist Patrick Davis.  External parasite control may be helpful in reducing these problems.  

Causative agents of pinkeye include bacterial agents Moraxella bovis, Moraxella ovis, Moraxella bovoculi and mycoplasma species.  

Face flies transmit pinkeye causative agents in cattle.  

“Reducing face flies potentially reduces pinkeye problems,” says Davis.  Some of the methods available include sprays, backrubbers, dust bags, feed additives, insecticide boluses and fly tags.       

Anaplasma marginale is the bacteria that causes anaplasmosis in cattle. The external parasite vectors associated with transmission of this disease include horse flies and ticks. 

More information related to this disease in cattle is found in MU Extension guide sheet G7705.  

“Insecticidal and or natural horse fly control is hard to do in a commercial beef cattle operation,” says Davis.  

Since insecticides have to be provided daily, the only practical way to provide insecticidal control on horse flies is using an automatic treadle-type sprayer where the cattle pass through it daily. A natural way to control horse flies is to construct an umbrella or Manitoba-type horse fly trap. This horse fly trap has shown measurable horse fly control for a few cattle.  

However, for large herds several traps may need to be constructed to reduce biting problems.  

More information on horse fly control methods in cattle and the construction of tools to aid in control can be found in MU Extension Guide Sheet G7013.   

“Ticks are also a vector involved in transmission of Anaplasmosis so their control may be useful in reducing this problem,” says Davis.  

Sprays, pour-ons and fly tag products are approved for tick control.  

“Consulting a veterinarian to help advise and devise an external parasite control plan to help reduce problems with pinkeye and anaplasmosis is a good idea,” says Davis.  

In addition, this relationship is needed to receive a veterinary feed directive to feed chlortetracycline to cattle, which is used to control anaplasmosis.

For more information on reducing the chances of pinkeye and anaplasmosis in cattle, contact a local MU Extension livestock field specialist.

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A PASTURE AND FORAGE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP, hosted by University of Missouri Extension, will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Cedar County Library, 717 East St., Stockton.

MU Extension speakers and topics include Pat Miller, MU Extension regional agronomy field specialist, who will discuss pasture weed control and improvement. Patrick Davis, MU Extension regional livestock field specialist, will focus on forage alternatives to extend the cattle grazing season.

 Cost of the workshop is $10 per person.  Registration, along with payment, must be received by June 17 to Cedar County MU Extension Center, 113 South St., Stockton MO 65785.  

For more information, contact the center at 276-3313 or email Davis at  

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CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM sign-up began June 3. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept applications  for certain practices under the CRP continuous signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. 

The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs. 

Producers interested in applying for CRP continuous practices, including those under existing CREP agreements, or who need an extension, should contact their USDA service center beginning June 3. More information on CRP can be found at


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