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Mother Nature always has a way of reminding us who really rules the house, and this week she did it again. The good news is that this week’s freeze didn’t do as much damage as it could have. If you’ve ever wondered why you have to add salt to the ice cream maker, this week’s weather gave us the perfect example - pure water doesn’t freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When water coats the flowers and leaves like it did this week, it can actually prevent more damage to plants. This short-term pure water coating is more effective in plant... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
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We had all kinds of great plans to work in our garden this week at the office. Well, those plans were shattered along with most precipitation records this week. After 5+ inches of rain, we were swimming in our soil instead of planting. Once your garden dries up enough to walk in it, there are still some important tasks that should be done now to help your garden all summer long. Weekend Garden Checklist Clean Up Debris – Remove dead foliage from perennial plants and any leaves covering emerging bulbs. This will allow them to adapt to the changing temperatures... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Think Outside the Barn
The Missouri Livestock Symposium is searching for the next Northeast Missouri Livestock Person of the Year. Nominations must be submitted by May 1 to the Adair County Extension Center in Kirksville. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
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The Springfield News-Leader recently published a story highlighting one agriculture student at Missouri State University who's passion for teaching others extends far beyond the classroom. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
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Long Meadow Rescue Ranch is opening their doors Saturday, April 20 for their Spring Fling. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the public is invited to learn more about the facility, the animals and the staff in Union, Mo. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
The Missouri Department of Agriculture uses many tools, from outreach and training to inspections and regulations, to ensure that food is safe and wholesome. To help consumers understand the steps in food safety efforts, like raising awareness and strengthening education of producers, processors and consumers, the Department put together a page of food safety resources on our website. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
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This week, in honor of National Consumer Protection Week, we’re highlighting the work of some of the Department’s programs that directly impact consumers’ lives. The Department’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Program includes inspectors located throughout the state - working with agribusinesses by region. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
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The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Plant Pest Team protects Missouri forest land throughout the state. One of their primary responsibilities is preventing the spread of invasive forest pests, like the Emerald Ash Borer. Pests like Emerald Ash Borer can create major headaches for homeowners and outdoor lovers, killing the ash trees in their path. In some cases, that can mean 30 or 40 percent of the trees in a subdivision or park. It also means that the native ash trees in Missouri’s forests are at risk. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
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The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Division of Weights and Measures and Consumer Protection touches the life of nearly every Missourian every day by ensuring that the food, fuel and other products consumers buy for themselves and their families are sold in a fair, equitable marketplace. This week, in honor of National Consumer Protection Week, we’re highlighting the work of some of the Department’s programs that directly impact consumers’ lives. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
The United States Department of Agriculture announced that Missouri landowners have until March 15 to apply for the Wetlands Reserve Program. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the program, which is a voluntary,and offers landowners the opportunity to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their property. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
Farmers looking to boost their yields should consider the University of Missouri-Extension's workshop offered Feb. 26-28 at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
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The Local Pig butcher shop in Kansas City recently got some attention from the New York Times. Their hands-on class offered in the city's East Bottoms area gives participants the opportunity to become more familiar with cuts of meat and the art of butchery. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
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Improving technology and genetic bases have increased the size of cattle carcasses over time, however those larger steaks may not be where consumer preferences are headed. The folks at BEEF magazine dug deep into the topic and applied some interesting meat science statistics. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at Think Outside the Barn
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The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council recently announced that they will award $7,500 in college scholarships for 2013. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2013. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Think Outside the Barn
One of our Facebook friends recently shared this video, released by America’s Farmers, with us. It asks consumers from urban areas a variety of questions about agriculture in the United States. How would you score if asked these questions? Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at Think Outside the Barn
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The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, headquartered in St. Louis, is entering its third year leading dialogue about where food comes from at workshops, with publications and online through social media. The USFRA encourages farmers and ranchers actively involved in production agriculture to share their story through the “Faces of Farming & Ranching” contest. The applicants have been narrowed down to nine and one of our very own Missourians has been selected as a finalist. Chris Chinn from Clarence, Mo. has been involved with farming her entire life. Chris and her husband Kevin are 5th generation farmers, raising the 6th... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Think Outside the Barn
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For the first time, the United States Department of Agriculture awarded grants to connect local foods with eligible schools across the United States. The effort will support nearly 2 million students in 3,200 schools. Missouri projects received grants totaling more than $150,000 through the 2012 program. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Think Outside the Barn
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We kicked off the season November 21, just ahead of Thanksgiving Day, with National Thank A Farmer Day. Thank A Farmer Day is an annual celebration recognizing the contributions and sacrifices farmers and farm families make every day and a great reminder of where our food (and fuel and fiber) comes from throughout the year! It's also a great reminder to all of us to keep the hardworking men and women of Missouri agriculture in mind was a give thanks, celebrate and enjoy the season. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Think Outside the Barn
As the popularity of social media grows, many producers and organizations in agriculture are embracing social media as a powerful tool for conveying information. Whether a 140-character tweet, photo shared on Facebook or a detailed blog entry, the things we post online have the potential to influence and inform. Missouri Ruralist recently published an article describing how social media can impact you and highlighting the "agvocacy" efforts of groups like the AgChat Foundation, U.S. Farmer's & Ranchers Alliance and Farmers Feed Us. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Think Outside the Barn
Regardless of your background, farming can be very complicated. And as new technology is continuously being developed to help farmers turn the corner into the next generation, it can be tough to keep up. The Women Landowners Conference aims to answer those complicated questions for a special group of Missouri landowners. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at Think Outside the Barn
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