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Christine Tew
Missouri Department of Agriculture Communications Specialist
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Starting April 15, Missouri producers affected by 2012's extremely dry conditions can sign up with USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) for disaster assistance included in the 2014 farm bill. The University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service's Duane Dailey recently summarized the new resource, which offers livestock disaster aid going back to 2011. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
Missouri beef producers interested in serving on the Cattlemens Beef Board have until June 1, 2014 to get their nominations in order. Missouri is one of several states with vacancies to be filled. To be considered for one of those vacancies, individuals must be nominated by a USDA Certified Producer Organization. in Missouri, those organizations include the Missouri Dairy Association, Missouri Cattlemen's Association and Missouri Farm Bureau. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
Last month, the American Soybean Association (ASA) recognized a well-known figure in Missouri agriculture with a very special award. Dave Drennan, currently the executive director of the Missouri Dairy Association and a resident of Chesterfield, Mo., was presented with the ASA's Lifetime Achievement Award - Membership Focus during the 2014 Commodity Classic. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
The University of Missouri's agricultural college has long been a resource for farmers beyond providing educational courses. From the information disseminated through the cooperative extension service to research farms and facilities spread across the Show-Me State, the college's leaders have worked to strengthen Missouri agriculture. In the 1870s, the college's early days, one of the premier events was a national contest to determine the best plows available for different conditions. In a feature story published this week, writer Randy Mertens highlights that 1872 testing. Today, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is home to thousands of students each year, studying in majors ranging from agricultural economics to atmospheric science. To learn more, visit the college online at Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
National Agriculture Day is March 25 this year, and National Agriculture Week will be celebrated in the days surrounding Agriculture Day. The annual event is an outstanding opportunity 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 Farmer Today has a great article in the current issue highlighting a few of the reasons to celebrate Missouri Agriculture. Find the article online at Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
With the return of the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture to Kansas City in January, wine lovers will have a rare opportunity to learn from one of only four people in the world with both the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine distinctions. Doug Frost, of Kansas City, will lead a special session on Missouri wines and wine culture, including wine tasting and food pairing experience. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
The Unviersity of Missouri's annual Computers on the Farm conference will be held Jan. 10-11 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The annual event goes far beyond desktop machines though, including smartphones, tablets and many other devices that can be used to increase productivity and efficiency on the farm. The conference will feature hands-on classes as well as opportunities to visit one-on-one with University faculty and staff. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
Less than a month from now, one of the biggest agricultural expo's held in Missouri will come to Poplar Bluff. The annual Ag Expo will celebrate its 28th year during the farm show's return to the Black River Coliseum. The Daily Statesman newspaper recently highlighted the upcoming event. Check out this excerpt from the article, then read the full version online at Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
Supply was heavy this week, particularly in southern Missouri, after several auction barns in that region were either closed or moved very few cattle last week due to a winter storm. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
Whether for a holiday party or a quick week night meal, sliders are a popular choice with plenty of variations to please every palate. These sliders are a great base for in-season vegetables, or canned pickles or other savory additions as well. Thank you to the National Pork Board for this quick and easy recipe! Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
Governor Jay Nixon named Richard Fordyce to lead the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Fordyce, a fourth generation farmer, began his new role immediately following the announcement, which included representatives of Missouri agricultural organizations and the Polo and Dekalb FFA chapters. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council announced this week that high school seniors and college students can once again apply for college scholarships from the organization. Applicants should be studying (or plan to study) agronomy or a related field in agriculture. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
The supply of feeder cattle at this week’s auctions was very light compared to last week. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
As more winter weather rolls across the state, comfort food takes the center stage. Enjoy a sweet treat this weekend with this recipe for Peanut Butter Pie, courtesy of Missouri Wines and Erin Finn. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
The 2014 Western Farm Show will be held February 21-23 in Kansas City, and organizers are very excited to bring the latest in equipment and technology, as well as livestock demonstrations to the event's 53rd year. Attendees can expect more than 500 exhibitors on hand - sharing their expertise and their wares. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
AgriMissouri member Askinosie Chocolate had some great news this week, with the word that the company's founder, Shawn Askinosie was honored with the 24th annual Humanitarian Award from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for his efforts to promote education and feed hungry children throughout the world. In recognition of his and the company's success, this week's recipe, Bittersweet Chocolate Chunk Cookies, features the company's chocolate. To learn more about Shawn Askinosie and the award, check out the article titled "Askinosie honored with Humanitarian Award" in the Springfield News Leader newspaper. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
Need some inspiration for holiday decorations? Check out this tree, featuring AgriMissouri colors, gear and treats from our members! Seeds from Baker Creek, chocolate and caramel-covered pretzels from Mom's Originals and jerky from Missouri Legacy Beef make great additions to this festive display. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
Over the holiday weekend, the Associated Press released an article with some great news for all of Missouri agriculture. The article, titled "Five Missouri universities work to offer more agriculture classes" highlights efforts to increase opportunities for individuals studying agriculture in Missouri - regardless of their chosen emphasis area and their geographic location. Check out the full article by author Heather Hollingsworth in the Kansas City Star and other outlets. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
The University of Missouri's annual Crop Management Conference will be held December 17-18 in Columbia. The conference will include educational sessions with a focus on cover crops, as well as a keynote address on changing land values, especially agricultural land values. Registration information is available online at or by calling (573) 882-9558. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced last week that the federal list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer has been expanded to include all of Missouri. APHIS expanded the quarantine in response to the detection of emerald ash borer (EAB) in widely separated locations in the state, according to the announcement. The expansion now matches Missouri's state quarantine related to the insect. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
In a recent issue of Missouri Ruralist magazine, writer Mindy Ward highlighted efforts of Missouri dairy producers to protect calves from fluctuating fall and winter temperatures. Tips in the article are geared toward producers of dairy calves, but can apply to anyone working with livestock - especially young livestock - in cold temperatures. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
Congratulations to the partnership between the Polk County, Fair Play and Humansville schools, as well as to the Springfield R-12 School District of being selected to receive grants of more than $40,000 each to increase students' access to local produce and proteins! Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
Missourians interested in starting their own businesses have an opportunity to learn more about the process for establishing their own operation through University of Missouri Extension, according to an article in yesterday's Southeast Missourian newspaper. On Nov. 26, recently dislocated workers who are registered with a local Missouri Career Center can attend a free course called "How to Start a Business in Missouri." Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
Missouri is hosting Winter Weather Awareness Day November 20 to raise awareness and encourage all Missourians to prepare for the cold weather ahead. The Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, State Emergency Management Agency and many other organizations are coming together to share information, tips and resources. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
A news release from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) last week announced that producers participating in several financial assistance and risk management programs should expect payment reductions. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn