Harvest Progress Going Great

Livingston County farmers are making good progress on the fall harvest and Livingston County FSA Director Jeanette Straker says they have seen some good yields as well. Straker says the corn harvest is about 60% complete with yields in the 175 to 200 Bushell range. Soybeans are near 40%, with yields of around 45 Bushells, maybe better on the later […]

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USDA Says Beef Processing Has Increased

Beef processing numbers are going up nationwide and the USDA says that could mean lower retail prices soon.  The meat counters at the local stores are improving and USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam says the processing is near what is normally expected at this time of the year. Shagam says during May, the wholesale prices increased, but those are starting […]

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Dietzschold Received Honorary State FFA Degree

A Chillicothe resident is the recipient of an Honorary State FFA Degree.  Linda Dietzschold has been involved with FFA since 1985.  Before her husband, Keith Dietzschold, began working at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, he was an agriculture instructor and FFA advisor for the Lathrop, Cameron and Chillicothe FFA Chapters. She says “It has been 35 years […]

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Two Local Sophomores Selected For Mo Agribusiness Academy

Thirty high school sophomores from across the state have been selected to participate in the 2020 Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy. The students will spend time throughout the year exploring various segments of Missouri agriculture.  Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn says she is so proud of the 2020 Missouri Agribusiness Academy class.  These students are a bright spot […]

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USDA Conservation Stewardship Program

The USDA reminds landowners that the annual Conservation Stewardship Program or CSP has begun the sign-up period. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), provides technical and financial assistance for farmers and ranchers looking to implement enhanced conservation practices on their operations.  They have a wide variety of conservation practices to choose from, including cover crops, resource-conserving crop rotation, grazing management, […]

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Dealing With COVID-19 On The Farm

Many have figured out how to deal with COVID-19 at home or when going to the store, but what about farmers…  Farm families face unique challenges.  The work needs to be done and the window of opportunity is small and weather dependent.  While some of the work means you will be distancing yourself from others, other tasks mean working together.  […]

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County Health Ordinance and CAFO’s Discussed At Young Farmers Meeting

Livingston County is one of about 10 counties in the state of Missouri that has a Health Ordinance that has tougher restrictions on CAFO’s, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, than the state of Missouri.  On Thursday night, the Chillicothe Young Farmers had their meeting at the Litton Ag Center and had an open forum. Representative Rusty Black talked a bit […]

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