Abby Wendle, Harvest Public Media


Farmers have faced challenges the past couple of years, from the trade war to the current pandemic putting a strain on the industry.

Barry Bean is a board member of the Missouri Farm Bureau and a cotton farmer. He’s president of Bean and Bean Cotton Company. KRCU’s Clayton Hester spoke with Bean about the economic pressures facing the industry today.


Missouri Department of Agriculture


A cancellation order has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for three dicamba herbicides, and the Missouri Department of Agriculture is following the EPA guidelines.


The order was made on June 8, and applies to Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax. This follows a verdict from the 9th US circuit court outlawing dicamba nationwide on June 3rd. 


The Missouri State Fair will go on this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

A message on the fair’s website states that the event, August 13-23 in Sedalia, will look different this year.  Livestock shows will continue, but details for vendors, sponsors and other partners are still being determined, according to the statement.

Farmers in Missouri are facing increased challenges as the result of climate change, especially heavy rainfall events.  Last year, flooding on the Missouri River left cropland underwater and idle for most of the summer. 


The Missouri Farm Bureau and MU Extension are giving farmers steps they can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.