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Are your bulls ready to turn out with the heifers this fall? Click on this link to learn about Bull Breeding Soundness Clinics

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2018 Century Farm Family


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Then complied and reviewed – yielding results which are published on Thursday each week at 8AM

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Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network
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USDA Authorizes Emergency Haying and Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program Acres for 45 Missouri Counties
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Kim Viers today announced that 45 Missouri counties are authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year 2018. FSA's fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
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For more information and to request approval for emergency haying or grazing use of CRP acres, contact your local FSA office. To find your local office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

417-847-2862-USDA phone number


Grazing Milo after frost-Click link below for more information-http://extension.missouri.edu/barry/documents/Grazing%20Considerations.docx



2018-Missouri Farm Land Survey




For more than 100 years, University of Missouri Extension has extended university-based knowledge beyond the campus into all counties of the state. In doing so, extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities.

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2017 Farm Labor Guide is now available


Farm Labor Guide

MU Extension Guide Offers help on hiring and keeping employees

Source: Joe Horner, 573-882-9339

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension recently released its 2017 Farm Labor Guide.

Finding and keeping dependable workers is one of the largest challenges today for farm owners and managers, says MU Extension agricultural economist Joe Horner. “As farms grow in size, learning to recruit, manage and retain high-quality employees becomes even more critical.”

The free online publication is MU Extension’s response to farmers’ requests for a simple, Missouri-specific guide to navigating the complexities of human resources management, Horner says.

The guide is available as a downloadable PDF file at agebb.missouri.edu/commag/farmlabor.

Horner, MU Extension agricultural economist Ryan Milhollin and agribusiness consultant Alice Roach created the guide to help employers make decisions that lead to a quality workforce and satisfied employees.

The guide divides the employment process into six segments: recruitment; hiring; onboarding, training and mentoring; operations; retention; and termination.

Horner says the guide gives a systematic list to identify and hire suitable employees. The guide covers safety, employee compensation and other human resources protocols.

Horner says it is important to decide on the needs of the operation before the employee search begins. Does the farm or business need full-time or part-time help? What are the hours that the employee is needed? Is the work seasonal or year-round?

After the employer makes these decisions, Horner recommends creating a formal job description. This helps job seekers decide if they qualify for a job or have an interest. It also helps the employer track whether applicants qualify, need training and if goals are met after the hire. It sets expectations of the employee’s role and relationships with coworkers, vendors and others.

The guide outlines six steps to writing a job description and tells where to publicize job postings for best results. It also offers advice on interviewing, including a list of acceptable and unacceptable questions, and general work rules such as overtime.

The guide discusses subjects such as background, drug and reference checks, as well as needed paperwork, taxes and employment laws. It follows through with options for training and mentoring.

The guide lists numerous free online resources to recruitment and hiring from extension specialists across the country.


Fifth-generation rancher becomes MU Extension beef nutrition specialist

Source: Eric Bailey, 573-884-7873

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fifth-generation rancher Eric Bailey joins University of Missouri Extension as state beef nutrition specialist.

He came to Mizzou for “its desire to innovate and be leaders in the next generation of beef producers.” He will work with specialists on beef cattle nutrition. He plans to meet beef farmers and leaders across the state.

A native of Santa Rosa, N.M., Bailey grew up about 7 miles from where his great-great-grandfather homesteaded. The family ranched on 65,000 acres that get 12 inches of rain per year. Cows graze 365 days, and each cow needs 55 acres.

His father recently retired as foreman of Singleton Ranches, one of the country’s top ranches in size and cows. It covers more than a million acres in New Mexico and California.

Before 2000, his grandfather was Singleton’s general manager.

“I don’t know anything but agriculture and beef cattle,” Bailey said.

He received a bachelor’s in animal science from West Texas A&M in 2007. We went to graduate school at Kansas State University, where he was named Larry H. Corah Outstanding Ph.D. student in 2013. His emphasis was beef cattle nutrition.

After earning his doctorate, Bailey returned to his alma mater, joining the West Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Sciences in 2013 as Endowed Chair of Cow-Calf Nutrition.

He belongs to the American Society of Animal Science and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

At Mizzou, Bailey intends to research strategies to reduce input costs for cow-calf operations through improved grazing management and use of purchased and raised feedstuffs.

In his spare time, Bailey trains quarter horses and plays golf. He plans to be an ardent supporter of Mizzou football and basketball.

He lives in Columbia with two horses, a stock dog and a companion dog.

Reach Bailey at baileyeric@missouri.edu or 573-884-7873.

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Cutline: Eric Bailey, state beef nutrition specialist.
Credit: Photo courtesy of Rob Kallenbach











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2018 Missouri Forage and Grassland Council Annual Grazing Conference