Missouri Department of Agriculture

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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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Dicamba, an active ingredient in several herbicides produced by Monsanto, has some farmers frustrated by its volatility after the 2017 crop season. While many farmers' fields have benefited from the use of dicamba, it comes at a cost to neighboring fields that have been damaged by it drifting onto planted crops that aren’t equipped to handle it. Missouri Department of Agriculture director Chris Chinn explains the actions they’ve taken to benefit both sides of the issue.

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority are now offering grants to help integrate local foods into the school system.

In order to qualify, applicants must be a small farmer or small business that processes or purchases locally grown products from a small farmer. The grants are not limited to a specific type of business or producer. Producers of products such as eggs, fruits and veggies are all eligible for the grant.

Disease Threatens Missouri’s Black Walnuts

Oct 28, 2013
Joshua Peters / KRCU

Missouri is the leading black walnut producer in the country, and they make an impressive amount of money producing nutmeat and lumber. But this leading title may soon disappear, as a vector-borne pathogen called Thousand Cankers Disease threatens to breach the state lines. The disease is difficult to track and has the potential to nearly wipe out the Show Me State’s walnut industry.

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