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Underclass honors announced for MHS (07/08/14)
the Underclass Honors Program during the last week of classes in May. Some seniors also received honors in specific class recognitions. Communication arts English I advanced students: Dario Rodriguez and Joel Ridenour; English I outstanding students: Karsyn Ballay, Chloe George, Sydney Williams, Cale Harper, John Rausch, Shelby Kuhnert, Emily Krueger, Samantha Salas, Jonathan Hawkins, Jacob Furry and Deedre Howard...
Cattle producers now evaluating 'borderline' bulls; Spring soundness testing ensures good fall cattle crop (06/04/14)
Last March, area cattlemen had the opportunity to have their bulls tested for fertility soundness and other defects following the hard winter. "We recommend having them tested," said Eldon Cole, livestock specialist at University of Missouri Extension in Mt. Vernon. "If some of those cattle were borderline during the March exam, we would encourage the producer to have the animal re-tested about now before turning them out with the herd...
Lawrence County Youth Fair set for this weekend; Main events held Friday, Saturday in Freistatt (06/04/14)
Local young people will have an opportunity to polish their animal exhibiting skills and participate in 4-H contests at the Lawrence County Youth Fair, slated for Friday and Saturday in Freistatt and Sunday in Mt. Vernon. The event is the only youth fair in the Monett area and offers the main opportunity for young people to polish their animal exhibiting and creative skills for 4-H contests...
Ranchers ponder good markets, herd expansion; Verona cattleman finds balance within his small operation (05/16/14)
Ted Dorton remembers growing up on a farm in northeast Oklahoma. His father made a living raising about 25 head of cattle. "When I grew up on a farm, it wasn't fun," Dorton said. "It was hard. Here I am, back at it again. Can you figure? It's strange how things in life go."...
Barry County Crowder ag students win honors; Three place at National Post-Secondary Ag conference (04/02/14)
Three Barry County agriculture students were among 27 from Crowder College who competed over their spring break in the National Post-Secondary Agriculture Student conference in St. Cloud, Minn. Crowder students won 16 plaques in competition. Jessica Schad, of Monett, took second place in ruminant animal systems in the career progress division. Travis Hayworth, of Washburn, took third place...
Alfalfa Tour in Lawrence County April 22; Registration due by April 14 (04/02/14)
FREISTATT----Raising alfalfa in the Ozarks is an effective way of producing protein and energy sources to supplement beef and dairy cattle diets, according to Tim Schnakenberg, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension. The Lawrence County Extension Center is offering a program and tour to address this subject starting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the Glenn and Toni Obermann farm near Freistatt in central Lawrence County...
Unusual winter prompts local wheat producers to adjust; Experts urge waiting until March to apply nitrogen (02/20/14)
For wheat producers in southwest Missouri, the answer is March. Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist at University of Missouri Extension, growers are pushing their plating dates and she cautions growers to wait until Oct. 14 for planting and March to apply nitrogen...
Search for Missouri Century Farms continues; Applications for 2014 due by May 15 (02/14/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Farms that have been in the family since Dec. 31, 1914 qualify for recognition a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines: The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. ...
Ionophores in Rations Give Cattle More Energy, Less Gas (01/06/14)
Despite all the talk from feed salespersons and extension specialists, estimates are that less than 25 percent of beef producers in southwest Missouri use ionophores in beef rations. According to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, ionophores are antimicrobial compounds that modify microbial fermentation in the rumen...
Several bi-county ag students qualify for national competition (01/06/14)
Several bi-county ag students qualify for national competition Several bi-county students at Crowder College in Neosho were among those advancing to state competition in November at the annual State Post-Secondary Agriculture Students contest hosted by Mineral Area College (MAC)...
Area winter farm and horticulture meetings scheduled (12/30/13)
Area winter farm and horticulture meeting scheduled A number of farm and horticulture meetings have been scheduled in the bi-county area during January by the University of Missouri Extension Service. The Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the SW Center in Mt. Vernon. For more information at 417-466-3102...
Fescue foot alert: winter weather can increase toxins (12/16/13)
Fescue is a great fall and winter forage, thanks to its ability to be stockpiled for grazing during cold, snowy weather. "Unfortunately, as winter weather sets in and temperatures drop below freezing some fescue pastures may contain high levels of toxins such as ergovaline," said Eldon Cole, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist. "This compound is produced by an endophyte fungus prevalent in Kentucky 31 fescue." s...
Farm storage facility loans available (12/16/13)
Farm storage facility loans are now available for farmers and ranchers through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA). Low-interest loans are available to grain producers to build new storage facilities or upgrade existing storage as well as permanent drying and handling equipment. ...
Show-Me-Select Heifers Average $2,127 at Nov. 15 Sale (12/02/13)
Prices at the Show-Me-Select bred heifer sales Nov. 15 in Joplin stayed high right until the very end of the sale according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. "You know it was a good Show-Me-Select bred heifer sale when the last heifer in the sale tops with a bid of $2,700," said Cole...
Pierce City School Board honors Hogan (12/02/13)
Members of the Pierce City R-6 School Board recognized Shania Hogan during their November meeting for her excellent performance for taking fifth place nationally for showing cattle. Hogan also took second place in sweepstakes at a Springfield cattle show and first place in state competition...
New 4-H Club starting in Purdy (11/11/13)
A 4-H club is forming in Purdy on Nov. 19. The organizational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Purdy Community Building. Nathan Witt has volunteered as the community leader. As the largest out-of-school youth organization in the world, 4-H is open to all boys and girls, ages 5 to18. Children who are five to seven years old (by Jan 1, 2014) are eligible for 4-H Clover Kids, an introductory program...
Reasons to Buy Show-Me-Select Heifers (11/04/13)
MT. VERNON. -- Drought during 2012 resulted in poor forage supplies and a big sell-off of beef cows during 2012 and 2013 according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. However, above normal rainfall in 2013 has provided lots of pasture and hay. According to Cole, this abundant forage blessing is best used on many farms through beef cows...
4-H 5K Run for Health Set for Nov. 16 in Aurora (11/04/13)
AURORA -- Lawrence County 4-H will sponsor the second annual "4-H 5K Run for Health," 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 beginning at Oak Park in Aurora. In addition to helping raise funds for Lawrence County 4-H members, those who register will participate in a fun, healthy activity and be eligible for a number of awards...
Purdy FFA members attebd conference (10/07/13)
The Purdy High School Ag I class recently attended the annual FFA Greenhand Conference at Crowder College in Neosho.
Barry County Fair Farm Famil named (10/02/13)
Marcia Moreland, of rural Crane, was selected as the Barry County State Fair Farm Family by the Barry County Extension Council and the local Farm Bureau. Moreland was among 108 families recognized during the Missouri State Fair's Farm Family Day on Aug. 12...
Three families honored with Century Farm designations (09/26/13)
Three Barry County families were designated Century Farm families by the University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Farm Bureau on Thursday, Sept. 5. Honorees were the David Horner family, of Cassville; the Jerry and Sue Harper family, of Exeter; and the B.J. Long family, of Monett...
Summer Camp for Newton and Barry County 4-H members is Out of this World (09/16/13)
Thirty-one youth from Barry and Newton counties attended Southwest Missouri 4-H Summer Camp at Roaring River State Park this June. The camp theme was "Mission Space" and it was funded by a NASA grant. Activities emphasized fun but covered topics as diverse as physics, chemistry, engineering and food. Attending 4-H members built rockets out of plastic bottles and pencils and created lunar gear. At the Clover Kids Camp, younger members made jet packs out of two-liter bottles and old seat belts...
Pierce City FFA Member to Compete in national event (09/04/13)
Shania Hogan a member of the Pierce City FFA Chapter will be headed to Louisville, Ky., to compete for National honors in the area of the Dairy Handlers Activity. She earned her way to the National Dairy Handlers Competition by first winning showmanship in the Brown Swiss show at the Missouri State Fair...
4-Her's from area compete at Regional Shooting Sports Event (07/15/13)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The 2013 Southwest Regional Shooting Sports Contest was held July 2nd at the Andy Dalton Range located near Bois D'Arc, Mo. A total of 103 participants from 11 different counties registered and participated in 31different events...
Purdy Livestock Show plans completed (07/15/13)
The annual Purdy Livestock Show will be held in conjunction with the Purdy Festival on Saturday, July 20. The event will be held in the air-conditioned elementary school gymnasium. Registration will be held one hour prior to the show with the exception of the hog show. Registration for the hog show will be at 7 a.m. There is no entry fee for any of the events...
Prepping for show season (07/01/13)
Show season has begun with the Purdy FFA students getting the animals ready to show. Animals will be sold at the Barry County Terminal Livestock Sale to be held on July 20 in the Purdy Elementary gymnasium. The students have to tame their animals along with feed them a balanced diet to get them ready for the sale...
Barry County 4-H Members Showcase Life Skills (07/01/13)
CASSVILLE -- Barry County 4-H members participated in a wide variety of public speaking and knowledge contests, Tuesday, June 11 at the Barry County Courthouse as part of the Barry County 4-H Achievement Day. Contests in traditional public speaking endeavors included "Prepared Public Speaking" where youth memorize a 5 to 7 minute speech on any topic and "Extemporaneous Speaking" where a topic is drawn the day-of the speech and then a five-minute speech is developed...
Lawrence County Youth Fair has successful year (06/17/13)
Participation held steady despite the poor weather leading up to the fair. More than 150 exhibitors participated in the fair and 4-H achievement day. The Fair Board extended appreciation to Carl and Marilyn Wright, of Mt. Vernon, for enabling the board to receive funds to make the building project possible. The Forest Thompson family and Roddy Mikel installed all of the electricity for the cost of materials only...
Crowder agriculture students compete in Texas (06/03/13)
NEOSHO - Crowder College agriculture students participated in the 2013 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference, April 3 through April 5. The event was held at Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and natural Resouces facility. Community College students from 15 schools across the country participated in the competition...
Getting ready to grow (06/03/13)
Winter is the time when Mother Nature slumbers. Spring is when plants, trees and gardens begin to wake up. So as the greenery rubs the sleep from its eyes and readies for the growing season, there are chores you need to do. Even with the recent snows, signs of spring are all around. ...
Stephanie Kaiser places second in dairy production entrepreneurship (06/03/13)
COLUMBIA - April 19, 2013 -- Stephanie Kaiser of Monett, Mo., received the second-place Missouri FFA Dairy Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention. Kaiser, a graduate of Purdy R-II High School, is the daughter of Duane and Colleen Kaiser. She is a member of the Purdy FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisor is Dave Mareth...
Jerri Henry places second in wildlife management proficiency award area (06/03/13)
COLUMBIA - April 19, 2013 -- Jerri Lynn Henry of Washburn, received second-place in the Missouri FFA Agricultural Education Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Award at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention. Henry, a senior at Southwest R-V High School, is the daughter of Jerry and Kathy Henry. She is a member of the Southwest at Washburn FFA Chapter. Her advisor is Joe Moore...
Farm program deadlines approaching (05/31/13)
Deadlines have been announced for two federal farm programs available through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). For coverage under crop insurance for planting that was prevented by natural disasters, crop producers must report crop acreage that they intended to plant and the actual planting totals...
Named 4-H Volunteer Award Winner for 2013 (04/15/13)
COLUMBIA, Mo. ― Janella Spencer of Lawrence County was named a 2013 Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award winner by the Missouri 4-H Foundation on March 15. Spencer was recognized for her commitment to the University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development program...
Tyson Foods Resolves Plant Refrigeration Concerns with EPA (04/10/13)
Tyson Foods, Inc. has worked cooperatively with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve concerns over the maintenance of refrigeration systems at food production plants in four states, including Monett. The agreement resolves the EPA concerns through the payment of a civil penalty and creation of a special program for meeting Risk Management Plan (RMP) requirements of the federal Clean Air Act at 23 Tyson Foods facilities in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska...
Fritz Implement earns high honors (03/28/13)
Fritz Implement in Monett has received the Vermeer Platinum Master Dealer award from Vermeer Corporation, the Pella, Iowa-based company. Vermeer Forage Dealers earn platinum master's status by reaching or exceeding specific sales, service and dealership management criteria established by the manufacturer...
Free Branding Demonstration March 26 in Mt. Vernon (03/18/13)
A branding demonstration will begin at 1:30 p.m., March 26, at the Jackie Moore Ranch headquarters located two miles north of Highway 174 on Missouri 39 at 12592 Lawrence 2090, Mt. Vernon. Many beef cattle farmers are concerned about the continued problem of cattle theft in southwest Missouri according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension...
Purdy FFA attends banquet (03/06/13)
Eighteen Purdy students attended the annual Area FFA Banquet on Feb. 27. Eleven students received their Area FFA Degree. Recipients included Jessica Ball, Jake Beaty, Deana Burch, Doni Craig, Jake Henderson, Melanie Heston, Dillon Lowe, Alex Mareth, Tyler Scott, Jared Smith and Kirstin Strother...
Fescue Renovation Workshop March 18 in Mt. Vernon (03/06/13)
Fescue has long been blamed for causing a variety of problems in livestock. Heat stress, lameness, lack of milk and poor reproduction are the main problems sometimes related to toxins that are produced by the plant. For years the problems were known by farmers and researchers, but the reason fescue caused such damaging problems remained a mystery according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension...
Cullers places in state corn yield contest (02/21/13)
Kip Cullers, of Purdy, won two first places and two-second places in the 2012 National Corn Growers' Association's (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest in Missouri. Cullers won a first place in the no-till/stip-till irrigated division with Pioneer brand hybrid P2088HR, which yielded 314 bushels per acre and first place in the Irrigated division with Pioneer brand hybrid P2088HR, which yielded 317 bushels per acre...
Recommendations to thwart cattle theft (02/07/13)
Cattle theft is alive and well in southwest Missouri. This, in spite of law enforcement efforts, cattle producer night patrols, trail cameras, neighborhood watches and vigilant observations by livestock markets, says Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension...
NAP insurance deadline approaches (02/06/13)
The closing date to sign up for the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) is March 15. Barry County farmers can sign up at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Cassville. NAP covers many crops, including native forage, pasture and most spring-seeded crops. Financial assistance helps producers of non-insurable crops when yields are low, inventory is lost or planting is prevented dure to natural disasters...
Show-Me-Select Heifer sale sets record (01/17/13)
In the first fall sale, 181 Show-Me-Select (SMS) bred heifers sold for an average $1,974 at Joplin Regional Stockyards. That was a record high, topping the average of $1,433 last fall. In spite of dry weather in the growing season and short hay supplies in southwestern Missouri, bidding stayed vigorous for top lots...
Class for female farmers planned (02/15/12)
University of Missouri Extension will be offering a farm management class called Annie's Project. The first of six sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 12 at Newton County Extension Center on the Crowder Campus in Neosho. The class will meet on Monday nights for six weeks...
New slant planned for youth steer show (02/15/12)
Lawrence County 4-H and FFA members may participate in a new steer carcass project in 2012 as part of the Lawrence County Youth Fair (LCYF). The intent is to enhance the steer show with high-tech educational activities that conclude with a carcass evaluation in August at Cloud's Meats in Carthage. The basic rules for the program follow the guidelines of the 2012 LCYF. This allows steers to be shown and participate in the premium sale on June 2 at the LCYF at the Ernte Fest grounds in Freistatt...
Purdy FFA student has highest selling market animal (07/20/11)
Chelsea Mareth, of the Purdy FFA Chapter, and her steer Bubba fetched a "fair" price at the Barry County Fair's market animal premium sale. A premium sale means the exhibitor keeps the animal after the sale and the highest bidder gets an 8x10 photo, bragging rights and the peace of mind that comes with knowing they supported area youth in the largest industry in the county...
Eye on agriculture: Interview with Dr. Mark Costley (07/20/11)
Q. What is your involvement with agriculture? A. Well, I own a farm with my mother. My grandma bought 120 acres back in 1895, and then my parents got another 60 acres next to hers in 1958. My grandparents grew strawberries, and my dad raised beef cattle...
New Year's parties, concerts, theater shows Dec. 30-Jan. 5 from Fayetteville to Kansas City, Tulsa to St. Louis (11/30/99)
This week in Monett: At Denali Dreams, 316 E. Broadway, A Hope For Redemption plays at 7 p.m. on Friday. Friday is the final night for the Monett Chamber of Commerce's "Festival of Lights" at South Park. This week in Springfield: First Night activities are planned in 10 venues by 20 performers downtown on Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Performers begin at the Vandivort Center Theatre and the Gillioz Theatre at 6 p.m., at the Landers Theatre at 7 p.m...
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