BarCo Soils and Crops Conference scheduled for Jan. 9

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Speakers to focus on beef in schools, herbicides, taxes

The 89th annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference has been scheduled for Jan. 9 in Cassville, and will focus on herbicides, taxes and beef in school lunch programs.

Presented by the University of Missouri Extension, the program will be held at the First Christian Church, Old Exeter Road and Highway 37. The program, beginning with supper, will run from 6-9:15 p.m. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 417-847-3161 or visit the Extension office on the square in Cassville. Cost is $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

“The topics raised by our 2018 Soil and Crops planning committee of Barry County producers were profound,” said Reagan Bluel, county Extension program director. “The lineup of speakers will engage attendees of all aspects of agriculture.”

Area beef producers, close neighbors with Mt. Vernon, have taken notice of the pilot program MoBeef, which this fall resulted in a pilot program providing locally produced beef to the Mt. Vernon School district. A panel will equip attendants with information on how to be ready to participate or initiate a similar program in their school district. Speakers will include Mark Russell from the Beef Council, MoBeef coordinator Jim McCann, Shon Bishop, small farms specialist from Lincoln University, and Eric Bailey, University of Missouri state beef specialist.

“[The herbicide] Dicamba and taxes have been hot button topics all year.” Bluel said. “Speakers are prepared to provide the most current information on these ever changing topics.”

Dr. Eric Bailey, the newly hired state beef specialist, will address the group on ideal quantities of mineral needed by your cow calf operation throughout the year.

Dinner will feature local caterer John Sullivan.

“In addition to our great speakers and great food, every paid registrant will receive a $5 coupon to analyze their soil nutrients.” Bluel said. “It’s a win win, I hope everyone will join us for a great event.”

Any persons or business wishing to sponsor the program should contact the University of Missouri Extension office directly. Sponsorship checks supporting the conference should be made payable to University of Missouri Extension, 700 Main, Suite 4, Cassville MO 65625.

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