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While farmers and ranchers have long lamented the general public’s lack of awareness for their food’s origins, the food quality and security in the United States that aided out-of-touch consumers was perhaps producers’ proudest accomplishment. Today, with COVID-19 complications, agricultural…

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Shoppers familiar with white button mushrooms are in for a surprise when viewing Jodi Hilt’s farmers market display. It features uniquely shaped and textured specimens in hues that range from bright yellow to soft pink to mesmerizing gray-blue.

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The dairy industry has seen its share of storms in recent years, and Duane Kaiser and his wife Colleen have weathered them in stride on their Century Farm near Monett, Missouri.

We had some positive developments in the marketplace this week. Most surprising was the monthly jobs report, which showed an increase of 2.5 million jobs, versus expectations of 8 million jobs lost. The unemployment rate came in at 13.3% versus expectations of 19.8%. With all the negative ne…

The Missouri River Basin, including eastern and southeastern Kansas, has been much wetter than normal for an extended period. The 2019 annual precipitation totals set all-time records across much of the region. These high rainfall totals have resulted in saturated soil, full reservoirs, and …

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At the KOMA Beef Cattle Conference held recently at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, experts explained how beef producers could take a second look at their operations to improve profitability.

Just as headlines surrounding a trade deal with China turn positive, the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, has placed additional fear in markets around the world. As of this writing, we have 213 confirmed deaths from the virus that has infected 9,800 globally. Stock markets and energy…

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Disease threats don’t just originate from a potential influenza or coronavirus outbreak — Missouri crop producers should be on watch for potentially devastating diseases in their corn and soybean fields.

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From insects, pests and diseases, crop producers face a growing number of challenges. At the Barton County Soils and Crops Conference held earlier this month in Lamar, Missouri, a University of Missouri expert gave his advice on what to watch for in the coming growing season.

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In an industry dominated by companies of Goliath proportions, Taylor Seed Farms has taken the role of David by continuing to grow in the days where independent seed companies are often struggling.

For over 50 years, the Muskogee County Cattlemen’s Association has had the goals to promote beef and the beef industry and support local area producers. A key program for the association is the theft rewards program. If cattle or equipment is stolen, the Muskogee County Cattlemen’s Association offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. The association also supports producers with educational programming to help improve herd health and beef quality. Last year, the group hosted a clinic on how to properly brand animals and read brands. In 2020, a clinic will held on proper vaccinating and vaccination techniques. Efforts are underway to promote beef through creation of a radio advertisement to counter the impossible beef campaign.

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Growing industrial hemp may seem like a novel practice in agriculture but Missouri actually has a history as a leader in hemp production. That history, however, doesn’t mean there isn’t much to learn about the crop with its resurgence in the state.

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Having grown up on a farm near Ralston in northeast Oklahoma, Kent Evatt wanted to raise his own children in a similarly wholesome environment but knew having enough acres to farm at a profitable scale was unlikely, especially while he was busy capitalizing on an engineering degree.

Tyson Fresh Meats announced Monday that reconstruction of its processing plant in Holcomb, Kansas, which was damaged in an Aug. 9 fire is near completion. Officials said efforts to resume harvest operations will begin the first week of December, with intentions to be fully operational by the…

Sensible, strategic immigration policy better aligned with America’s changing demographics and employment needs could help revive stalled economic growth and spur more development of value-added processing in rural areas.

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In a few short weeks, the largest agricultural event in the Ozarks will return to Springfield, Missouri. The 40th annual Ozark Fall Farmfest will be held Oct. 4, 5 and 6 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

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Facing the late-summer heat for an opportunity to meet and greet with producers, Kansas Corn kicked off their statewide District Listening Tour in the Southeast District with a meeting in Columbus. The organization’s efforts in ethanol and increasing global trade were featured topics at the …

With Texas, Colorado and New Mexico reporting multiple confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis virus, the Kansas Department of Agriculture is encouraging livestock owners to be aware and take precautions, particularly with animals that may be commingling with other animals at competitions an…

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Farm-raised kids enjoy a close relationship to the production and processing of their food like few grocery store consumers can comprehend. At Show-Me Kansas Farms, Janet and Caleb Phillips hope to recreate the farmer-food connection for consumers removed from food production without sacrifi…

A “crown jewel ranch” of the Flint Hills has been listed for sale for $8.58 million. The 3,300-acre property known as the Crocker Springs Ranch is located in the heart of the original 140-million acre tallgrass prairie. Of the original prairie, less than 6 million acres remain.

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If the extent of your plant identification repertoire is lightly reminding yourself that “sedges have edges” as you admire a bunch of butterfly milkweed in passing then some brief investigation into the world of wildflowers can teach you a lot about pasture and prairie plant communities.

After beating out 135 other applicants, Kansas City is slated to become the new home to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The move will bring about 550 jobs to the Kansas City region.

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A 75-head dairy in northern Oklahoma is going directly from “ridge to fridge” with their milk in an effort to create a more profitable future, while providing the public with access to fresh, locally sourced dairy products.

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This year’s Four State Farm Show won’t soon be forgotten as an unprecedented amount of rain fell prior to the show, which created muddy conditions for the “Mall of Agriculture” near Pittsburg, Kansas.

FarmHer can be described in multiple ways: as an online community for women in agriculture, as an advocacy campaign highlighting an often-overlooked facet of agriculture or as the creative mission of an energetic entrepreneur who worked for a dozen years in the crop insurance industry before…

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In May 1975, the movie “Jaws” was a month from hitting theaters, corn prices were higher than minimum wage, calf prices were $29.10 per hundredweight, the Vietnam War had just ended, and the first Four State Farm Show was held at the National Guard Armory in Pittsburg, Kansas.

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A changing state and a changing agriculture were evident at this year’s Oklahoma Ag Day at the Capitol, held on April 2. The celebratory event was back to business as usual, after being cancelled last year due to teacher protests, part of a rash of similar events that made headlines around t…

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The sixth annual Crowder Aggie Calf Auction raised over $20,000 last week at the Joplin Regional Stockyards near Carthage, Missouri, to support Crowder College agriculture and veterinary technology students.

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