Named 4-H Volunteer Award Winner for 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...