Missouri Department of Agriculture

Missouri Department of Agriculture

A microbe responsible for the sweeping death of oak trees along the west coast has been detected in over 2,000 rhododendron plants shipped to various retail nurseries throughout Missouri. 

Phytopthera ramorum, commonly known as “Sudden Oak Death,” was first detected in California in 1995 and is under federal quarantine. It hasn’t yet established itself in the Midwest, but the Missouri Department of Agriculture, with the help of the USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service, has already removed potential host plants from shelves or had them destroyed. 

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced yesterday it will not pursue Special Local Needs (24c) labels for Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax for 2019’s growing season. This follows a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the registration of the three Dicamba products for another two years with some special provisions and safeguards.

 

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Yesterday, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced 16 new initiatives under their MORE Strategic Vision. The platform is aimed at looking for ways to improve issues communities face throughout Missouri with opportunities through agriculture. We spoke to MDA state director, Chris Chinn, on these new initiatives and how they might improve communities here in southeast Missouri.

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The Lincoln University Cooperative Extension hosted their seventh annual Minorities and Limited Resources Farmers and Producers Conference at the Southeast Missouri State University regional campus in Sikeston last week.

 

In the past, the event has touched on topics such as soil fertility and season extension, but this year, marketing was its main focus.

 

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture and the University of Missouri College of Agriculture will hold their last in-person dicamba application training session this week.

Before the start of the growing season, farmers with the intent of purchasing and using synthetic auxin herbicides are required to have a private or commercial applicator license, and training to prevent off-target movement.

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