Farm Bureau Testifies for Agriculture Omnibus Bill
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst testified before the State Senate Agriculture Committee today in support of the SB 12, the Agriculture Omnibus Bill. The farmer from Westboro said the legislation overall will provide stability and flexibility to Missouri agriculture.
Martin & Stanton Named Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors Martin & Stanton Named Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors
A panel of judges selected Miriam Martin, of Bucklin, and Dustin Stanton, of Centralia, as 2015 Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors during the organization’s 100th annual meeting Dec. 7 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Riekhofs Win Achievement Award
Garrett and Cara Riekhof, of Higginsville, won the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award during the organization’s 100th annual meeting December 9 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Adam & Amy Thomas Win Excellence in Agriculture Award
Adam and Amy Thomas, of Jackson, won the Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture Award during the organization’s 100th annual meeting December 9 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Jeremie Nothdurft New Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmer Chairman
Jeremie Nothdurft, of Cape Girardeau, was announced as the new chairman of the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee at the organization’s 100th annual meeting December 9 at Lake of the Ozarks.
Chocolate and Hard-Boiled Eggs
As my kids have grown older, the Easter bunny has been making fewer dramatic appearances. The holiday celebrations that once included egg hunts, stuffed animals, sand toys and candy have become all about Nerds and chocolate with no pretense.
Who Will Speak Up?
In January, my wife Laura and I extended our trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual conference in San Diego to see more of California. Neither of us had been there before. It was quite an experience for a farm boy from southeast Missouri; never in my life have I ever seen so many nuts — groves of macadamia, almond, pistachio and walnut trees.
Cuba and the Realm of Opportunities
The Cuban cows looked like Brahmas. I asked the president of the cooperative farm we were visiting about the breeds in their 1,200-cow herd, and he rattled off a series of Spanish names, none of which rang a bell with me. So, we're calling them Brahmas. They're used for milk and for beef and are fed grass, yucca leaves and sugar cane. The farm plans on four to six litres of milk per day per cow. After converting from metric to U.S. measurement, the production per cow per day is: not much. Of course, whatever breed they are, they're not bred for their milking ability, and they aren't fed what we would consider a balanced ration. Milking is done outside, and the milk is gathered in those tin milk cans we see for sale at flea markets.
The Fear of Running out of Farmers
A demographic study of farming and ranching in Wyoming forecasts there will be no operators under the age of 35 by the year 2033. The study in Rangelands, a publication of the Society for Range Management, found that the average age of farmers has increased in every county in Wyoming since 1920, and will reach 60 by the year 2050. Based on these results, the authors predict a bleak farming future for Wyoming and the rest of the country where trends are similar.
Change to Rock Island Line Under Review Change to Rock Island Line Under Review
Pending authorization by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB), the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Missouri Central Railroad Company, owned by Ameren, plan to enter into negotiations to convert the Rock Island rail line between Windsor and Beaufort into a recreational trail.
Growing as a Family Growing as a Family
The hundreds of families who purchase fruit and vegetables from Buckeye Acres see proof the family farm is alive and well when they meet owners Buck and Heather Counts.
Beyond the Hype Beyond the Hype
Navigating the aisles at the grocery store is something most, if not all, of us have done many times. Product packaging beckons “buy me” in the best ways marketers can muster in the seconds-long interval they have to catch a shopper’s attention. Packaging touts “all natural,” “organic,” “free-range,” “hormone-free” and more in the quest to appeal to consumers’ emotion, ethics and pocketbook.





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