Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference set

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Future of meat industry, wildlife issues are topics for this year’s event

The 97th Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2022, at the Southwest Research Center, located at 14548 State Hwy. H, southwest of Mt. Vernon.

This year’s conference will focus on a variety of topics of interest to livestock producers.

“Two presentations will focus on the future of the Missouri meat industry by addressing production competition by alternative protein sources and workforce issues in processing meats,” said Tim Schnakenberg, field specialist in agronomy with University of Missouri Extension.

“Andy Barnes, Lawrence County Conservation Agent with Missouri Department of Conservation, will also lead a discussion on addressing the problems of black vultures and feral hogs on farms in the area,” he said. “Black vultures have become a problem wildlife issue with cattle in pastures on some farms.”

Schnakenberg will finish out the presentations for the evening with a short discussion on how farm producers might address the growing problem of high-priced fertilizer. He will outline a list of tips to consider to offset this issue that farmers and ranchers are dealing with.

For those who preregister early, a rib-eye steak dinner will be prepared by the Southwest Cattlemen’s Association and the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Financial support is also provided by Mid-Missouri Bank of Mt. Vernon and Ozark Electric Cooperative.

There is no charge to attend but attendees must pre-register by Jan. 4 with the Lawrence County Extension Center to order their meal and reserve a seat. Pre-registration is available on-line at: or by calling 417-466-3102.

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