Author Archives: Logan Jackson


Promoting Environmental Stewardship

MDA Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program rewards responsible stewards

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has always put a strong focus on commending farmers, producers, ranchers and landowners who are good stewards of the resources in their care. The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program was unveiled in 2015 to acknowledge and reward those responsible stewards. MDA has certified nearly 90 farms across the state thus far, including the University…

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Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track precipitation

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events. CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement pens. Because catastrophic and chronic weather events happen, MDNR can issue a…

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Preparing For Planting

Winter months provide opportunity to clean, repair and mend equipment

With the harvest season wrapped up and colder weather settling in, the time is perfect to revisit the farming equipment that was so vital during the past year. The winter months provide an ideal opportunity to not only clean, repair and mend equipment, it gives landowners a chance to prepare for the upcoming planting season. “Right now, it’s important to check all the different parts of each…

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Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter

Expected snowfall between 15 and 20 inches

Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets. Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average. “I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This is due to the neutral-to-weak La Niña…

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FDA Changes Coming for Livestock Owners

New changes go into effect on Jan. 1

Livestock owners across Missouri are encouraged to be prepared for the upcoming Food and Drug Administration changes to antibiotics that will go into effect on Jan. 1. Craig Payne, director of veterinary medical extension at the University of Missouri, said there are two main changes. The first deals with medically-important feed grade or water soluble antibiotics that have a claim on the label,…

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Presenting Useful Information for Producers

Thompson Research Center Field Day focuses on beef cattle

The Thompson Research Center explores beef cattle production systems and hosts an annual Field Day to bring those findings to local producers and landowners. Thompson Research Center Superintendent Rodney Geisert talks to attendees of the Thompson Research Center Field Day, which took place Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Spickard. The Thompson Research Center Field Day, held Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Spickard,…

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A Closer Look at Beef Cattle Production

The Thompson Research Center will dive deep into the technology used to improve beef cattle production during its annual Field Day on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with a free lunch included. There will also be two demonstrations after lunch: on drones and genomics selection. The entire event is free and open to the public. “We provide the newest methods to help…

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An Unusual Month

Hot and dry conditions have been prevalent throughout June

Tony Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, had one word to describe the rather hot and dry month of June: unusual. “When you have a strong El Niño like we did this winter, the summers are hot and dry,” Lupo said. “That heat is usually upfront, in the months of June and July.” Lupo said his team predicted the hot June temperatures back in January. El Niño was…

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Diving Deep Into Research

CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers showcase various research during Field Days

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Centers are spread throughout the state and conduct research on everything from corn to shrimp. The Research Centers represent the uniqueness of agriculture in Missouri. With fertile soil, the Fisher Delta Research Center, located in the Bootheel region, studies rice and cotton. In the northwest…

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Showcasing Natural Resource Management

Thompson Research Center timber harvest focuses on good stewardship

The University of Missouri CAFNR Agricultural Experiment Station is focused on showcasing strong natural resource management. At the Thompson Research Center in Spickard, Mo., they are demonstrating that management with a recent timber harvest. “In general, we want to maintain or improve the health of our forests,” said Dusty Walter, AES director of natural resources. “We also want to…

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