Agriculture

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for anticipated funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Interested individuals, community organizations and research institutions working to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Missouri should submit...
While roses steal the show on Valentine's Day, many plants produce heart-shaped leaves that can be a part of a bouquet or gift. One of the best known and easiest to grow or buy is the heartleaf philodendron, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. "This vining...
Forage yield and quality improve when legumes are frost-seeded at the right time, says University of Missouri Extension state forage specialist Craig Roberts. Frost seeding, a method of broadcasting seeds over snow- or frost-covered pastures, improves poor pastures at a low cost. Seeds work...
Oaks Family Justin and Stephanie Oaks, along with their three boys, are proud to call their Harris, Missouri farm diversified to say the least. On their 200 acres in Sullivan County, the Oaks family raises cattle, hogs, row crops and hay. Justin, a fifth generation farmer, is also a local seed...
Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) will offer three new agriculture workshops beginning Feb. 20 at the Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center, 605 West Main St., in West Plains.   Each of the three-hour non-credit workshops showcases a different way to challenge traditional farming and...
Ron's Microgreens & More is a local Howell County business located in historic Hutton Valley.  It is owned and operated by Ron and Samia Cummings who grow microgreens year around and other produce seasonally. Their business grew out of a desire to eat a more nutritious diet, especially after...
When Tyler Haerr started college at Kansas State University, he had no plans of going back to his family's farm in Taylor, Missouri. As the fourth generation farmer got closer to graduation, the opportunity to get back to the family farm was one that he simply could not pass up. "When I went...
University of Missouri Extension recently released a list of pesticides approved for industrial hemp production in Missouri. In Missouri, hemp producers are allowed to use pesticides approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use on industrial hemp and registered with the state of...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public input on Nonindustrial Private Forest Land (NIPF) related to technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "We want to ensure we continue program...
University of Missouri Extension field crop entomologist Kevin Rice says Missouri soybean and corn growers should be on the lookout for growing populations of yield-robbing insects in 2021.   Soybean gall midge MU Extension found soybean gall midge in two northwestern Missouri counties in...

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