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Missouri Department of Agriculture
Jefferson City, Missouri
The future of agriculture is vitally linked to our ability to envision new opportunities. And that is called Thinking Outside the Barn!
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The 2014 Missouri Agribusiness Academy will be held June 2-6 in central and northwestern Missouri. Last week, Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce recognized members of the Academy during the State FFA Convention in Columbia. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
Compared to last week, feeder steers and heifers were mostly steady around the state. Locally, reporters noted uneven markets. Demand was good, supply moderate. To view the full report, visit the MDA Market News website. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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Since 1988, the Missouri Agribusiness Academy has awarded more than 780 academy memberships through a competitive application and interview process. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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Aaron Cantrell of the Windsor Livestock Market earned the opportunity Monday to lead the auction at the Governor's Ham Breakfast during the 2014 Missouri State Fair. Cantrell earned his spot at the podium by winning the Missouri Livestock Marketing Association's 2014 State Auctioneering Contest, held April 14 at Central MO Sales in Sedalia. A big Thank You! to the Missouri State Fair Foundation for sharing the winners' information and photos from the event! Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
This week’s supply still considered moderate, but numbers were much lower than the previous week. Condition continues to be a major driver in the market and buyers are willing to go to battle when good sized drafts of grass-ready cattle enter the ring. Several reporters have noted many grass orders have been filled and attention is shifting from cattle to crops as field work is getting under way. To view the full report, visit the MDA Market News website. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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We are looking at another beautiful weekend in Missouri, with only a small chance of showers on Sunday – it should be perfect for getting your late spring planting done. As the frost-free dates approach, April 21st to May 1stacross most of the state, there are still things you can do to get your garden ready. Plant Spring Greens & Root Crops – Get your peas, onions, potatoes, radishes, lettuce, cabbage and other greens in the ground as soon as possible. These veggies like the cooler weather to get established and can withstand temperatures as low as 25 degrees. This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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This week's Friday Fixin's is a tasty plate of comfort food - Pork Chops with Spiced Rum Cream Sauce paired with Caryn's Cheesy Chive & Chili Mashers Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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The Missouri Department of Agriculture today launched the 5th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture contest, asking Missourians to share the unique stories and images of agriculture through photographs. The contest, which runs through June 30, is an opportunity for amateur photographers across the state to submit their best images of agriculture. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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The Department's weekly summary of livestock sales around the state is available online, as are audio reports summarizing sales. Check out the summary at http://mda.mo.gov/Market/pdf/weeklysummary.pdf, and for a full listing of reports, visit the program online at http://mda.mo.gov/Market/. To learn more about Missouri's Market News program, visit agriculture.mo.gov. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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Mmmmm, cheesecake. I am not sure I know a single person that doesn’t like cheesecake. Probably because I would have to end my acquaintance with said person if I found out they didn’t like it because they’re obviously crazy. You can do anything with cheesecake. Tailor it to anyone’s specific tastes. Make it sweeter or savory-er, add sprinkles or potato chips, if you’re in to that sort of thing. As someone who is not generally a fan of regular cakes, cheesecake has always been my go to dessert. Cake Batter Cheesecake Ingredients: 2 cups crushed vanilla cream cookies 1/3 cup... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
The supply of feeders was moderate and largely made up of calves - some may have tipped the scales a little heavy, but they remain calves nonetheless. To view the full report, visit the MDA Market News website. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
Nineteen Missouri FFA and 4-H groups have been selected for grants to support community service projects in their rural communities through the Building Our American Communities grant program. Each of the 2014 awardees will receive $500 toward their projects, which may include upgrades or additions to existing facilities, grounds or buildings, such as fairgrounds, parks or community centers used by local organizations. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced yesterday that 38 Missouri 4-H and FFA members have been selected to receive college scholarships from the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture (YIA) committee. The students are seeking higher education in agriculture-related fields and have participated in the Missouri State Fair in the past. They will receive their scholarships Friday, April 25, during the annual State FFA Convention in Columbia. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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National Agriculture Week is March 23-29 this year, and an outstanding time to recognize the contributions Missouri's farmers, farm families and agribusinesses make to each of our lives and to thank the men and women of Missouri agriculture. Missouri is a national leader in agriculture, a Top 10 State for the number of farms, corn, soybeans, cattle, hogs, cotton, rice, horses, poultry and black walnuts. The state is also home to more than 200 farmers' markets and an outstanding network of ag educators, and animal health, plant science, local foods and agribusiness professionals. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
The official start of spring came this week and with it extremely variable temperatures which do little for herd health. This week’s feeder supply was moderate. The offering consisted of many new crop calves, heavy weights not as common although buyers still seeing some show up at markets. To view the full report, visit the MDA Market News website. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken made with Garlic Herb Butter Mix from by AgriMissouri member Little Pleasures Foods of St. Louis. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
The lack of auctions last week, due to winter weather, resulted in a short term backlog of feeders. Buyers are still willing to bid aggressively for those grass-type feeders, quick to gain on approaching green grass, and carrying the highest quality. Despite the aggressive attitudes remaining for some buyers, there is much speculation that prices have reached a peak. To view the full report, visit the MDA Market News website. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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– More than 400 FFA and 4-H members from around the state gathered in the Trowbridge Livestock Center on the University of Missouri campus this weekend to test their skills evaluating cattle, swine, sheep and goats in Missouri’s Youth Livestock Grading and Judging Contest and Workshop. Top honors in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s annual event went to Skyler Scotten of the Nevada FFA Chapter, the overall individual winner, and to a team from the Nevada FFA chapter. The Saturday competition drew 66 teams of Missouri high school students, while the workshop attracted more than 100 youth. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
Demand remains good to very good for feeder cattle. Even with some slight fluctuations of prices in the past few weeks overall nearly all sectors of the market remain at or very near record prices. To view the full report, visit the MDA Market News website. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday” (Caryn for “let’s eat everything Cajun”), is the practice of celebrating the last night of indulgence by eating richer, fatty foods before the traditional fasting of the Lenten season. This recipe was created with both of these traditions in mind and is sure to make you feel like la reine (the queen) or le roi (the king) of Mardi Gras! So, get to fixin’ and laissez les bons temps rouler!! (or – for those who don’t feel like googling it) let the good times roll!! Shrimp Po Boy w/ Cajun Slaw & Remoulade Ingredients... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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The Missouri Department of Agriculture's Weights and Measures and Consumer Protection Division is responsible for protecting buyers and sellers by upholding and promoting uniformity in weights and measures laws, regulations and standards. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
The University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Department of Agriculture, is asking Missourians to nominate 100-year family farms for the Missouri Century Farms Program. Nomination forms are available now through May 15, through local Extension offices as well as online at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm/. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Market News Program provides daily market news for major livestock markets in Missouri, cash grain bids, commodity future prices and much more. The Program generates three daily, 53 weekly, seven monthly and seven seasonal reports based on sales at 22 livestock markets spread across Missouri and state, national and international markets for grains, hogs and hay, including the popular Weekly Market Summary. The summary is posted online each week at http://mda.mo.gov/Market/pdf/weeklysummary.pdf. Reports and broadcasts are available online each day at http://mda.mo.gov/Market/ and on Twitter via @MoMarketNews. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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Our friends at Missouri Wines highlight this recipe for nearly fool-proof chocolate truffles on their website, and the rich flavors are too good not to share! Try out this simple recipe on your own, or with loved ones. And when they're chilled and ready, try them with a glass of wine from Missouri's State Grape, Norton, or at the end of a family meal. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce visited Lincoln Elementary School today to recognize one young lady for her green-thumb and gardening success. Katelyn Damron was announced the winner of the annual Bonnie Plants Cabbage Growing Contest during a school assembly, and congratulated by a team from Bonnie Plants, her fellow students and school administrators. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn