2,700 to get USDA disaster assistance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency today announced that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014...
USDA to limit some farm payments
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management. ...
Next 2 weeks may help, harm soybeans
Local experts say the next two weeks could determine if soybean crops receive an above average yield this year. "If we are going to get rain, it's going to be a good crop of soybeans," said Brian Blount, the executive director of United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agencies that cover Barry and Lawrence counties. "We usually get 30 [to] 40 bushels an acre. But, I was told that if we don't get some rain in the next week or two, we might not get that good of a crop."...
Cassville FFA dairy cattle team places 2nd at state
COLUMBIA -- The Cassville FFA Chapter placed second in the dairy cattle evaluation career development event (CDE) at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention. There were 59 teams in the competition. The team members consist of Kyle Cheek, Colton Dilbeck, Hunter Madison and Dakota Townsend. Hunter Madison placed seventh, Dilbeck placed 14th and Townsend placed 18th individually out of 224 participants. The advisors for Cassville are Jimmy Hinson and Kelin Kruse...
Wheaton's Yang named state FFA Vice President
COLUMBIA -- During the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, Yia Yang, of Wheaton, was graced with a pair of honors. Yang received the second-place Missouri FFA Agricultural Communications Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award, and he was named the 2014-2015 State FFA Vice President representing Area 11...
Yang finishes 2nd in agricultural communications proficiency award area
COLUMBIA -- Hli Yang of Rocky Comfort, received the second-place Missouri FFA Agricultural Communications Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention. Yang, a graduate of Wheaton High School, is the daughter of Toua and Chao Yang. Yang is a member of the Wheaton FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisors are David Bolton and Eric Roller...
Time limited for area cattlemen to rejuvenate herds after hard winter
This past winter hit some area cattlemen hard, causing losses in calving and herd health as cattle struggled with self-preservation in the severe cold temperatures. "Some mamas abandoned their calves at birth," said Dr. John Harper, D.V.M. with the Animal Clinic of Monett. "They were in self-preservation mode. They just didn't have what it took to survive and take care of their calves."...
Ranchers on the lookout for pigweed as weather warms
As the weather gets warmer, a plant that ranchers will be on the lookout for is spiny amaranth, more commonly known as spiny pigweed. Pigweed is prolific seed, meaning it produces in abundance by spreading seeds. "It's an obnoxious plant," said Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist at the University of Missouri Extension. "Cattle go around it when the pasture is infested, and they won't graze near it."...
Cassville FFA adopts highway
Members of the Cassville FFA recently picked trash up along a two-mile stretch of Highway 37. Afterward, participants returned to the Cassville agriculture department for hot dogs, chips and drinks and to watch a movie. Participants included: Neeral Patel, Stussy Stephenson, Will Edmondson, Colton Dilbeck, Jake Wolf, Natasha Webb, Alex Uribe, Tim Phelps, Randall Robbins, Kaleb Kalbaugh, Johnathon O'Neil, Ashley Cousins and Taner Wright...
Local daycares will not face charges
Recently, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services sent letters to Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie Cox requesting he take action against seven unlicensed facilities in and around the Cassville area. Cox, who believes childcare decisions should be made by parents, has decided not to file charges against the facilities...
Farmers need to remember dangers of high heat
Summer's high temperatures and humidity have been relentless in southwest Missouri. As heat advisories continue, farmers should remember the dangers of high heat as they head to the fields, according to Amanda Marney, agriculture preparedness specialist, University of Missouri Extension...
Entries for hay show due July 10
It is time for landowners and hay producers to start making entries to the Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show, according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. The entry deadline is July 10; judging takes place the day before the fair opens...
Feedout shows average profit of $120 per head
The results of the 2010-11 Missouri Steer Feedout were revealed during a program held June 23 in Mt. Vernon. "Participants were pleased because they learned a lot about their cattle's performance and they all made a nice profit," said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension...
Monett Regional Junior Livestock Show to be held Saturday
The Monett Regional Junior Livestock Show will be held Saturday, June 18, at the Monett South Park, south of the soccer fields. Access is available from Waldensian Road to the east of the park. The event is open to all southwest Missouri youth. Registration information is available by contacting the Monett Chamber of Commerce at 417-235-7919. Participants can register the day of the event...