Master Gardener training classes

Master Gardener training classes will be offered in Kirksville on Thursday afternoons, September 14 through December 7. Deadline to register is Friday, September 8. Find more information and a registration form at

Send us your best snapshots of Missouri farm life and enter the Missouri Livestock Symposium photo contest!

The contest is open to amateur photographers in the state of Missouri. Entries must show some aspect of agriculture including farm life, farm scenes or livestock. The winning photograph will appear on the cover of the Missouri Livestock Symposium program book. The winner will also receive a $100 cash prize and a framed print of the winning photo. Photos accepted through Friday, September 8. Complete details at Want to check out this year’s competition? Check out our Flickr stream at

Heifer, sell or replace

Learn about the pros and cons of heifer development, strategies for maximizing returns and minimizing loss, how management decisions affect price, and how the Show-Me-Select protocol has changed heifer development on Monday, September 11 at MU Forage Systems Research Center in Linneus, MO. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Get the flyer..

Farm lease workshop Sept. 21 in Milan

“Farm leases are a very hot topic right now with cash rents at their current level and crop and livestock prices dropping, so landlords and tenants need to make certain they’re getting what they believe they should be,” says Joe Koenen, MU Extension agriculture business specialist. The workshop will be held at the North Missouri Livestock Auction in Milan and begins at 6 p.m. on September 21. Workshop topics include current cash rents and trends, items to discuss and agree on in a lease, when and how to legally terminate a farm lease, recreational (hunting) leases and fair livestock and crop share arrangements.

Program cost is $30. For more information or to register, contact Koenen at 660-947-2705 or

Free classes for entrepreneurs

The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program will offer FREE classes for Missouri entrepreneurs at multiple locations, and on several dates, beginning in August. Content will cover numerous topics including how to get products to market, how to address supply chains, how to secure micro grants for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related projects, and how to collect feedback from customers. Open discussion allows attendees to ask relevant questions about their businesses and products. Participants are not required to have previous experience in business or entrepreneurship.

Class dates, locations, and contacts include:

Additional information may be found at:

Show-Me-Select Bred Heifer Sale

The North Central Missouri Show-Me-Select bred heifer sale is Friday, November 17 at Kirksville Livestock Market, LLC in Kirksville, MO. Stay up-to-date with sale information on our Facebook page at

Missouri Livestock Symposium

December 1 & 2, 2017 are the dates for this year's Missouri Livestock Symposium. The event is held in Kirksville, MO at Matthew Middle School. Find more information on our website at and follow us on Facebook at



Missouri Training Institute

Missouri Training Institute offers programs in northeast Missouri For nearly 30 years, the Missouri Training Institute (MTI) has provided training and consulting services to improve business performance and organizational effectiveness for public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. Call Michelle today at 660-665-9866 or to find out how MIT can work for you!

It's a great time to join 4-H

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact Michelle Klem, 4-H youth development specialist at or at 660-665-9866 to learn how to join 4-H. Clover Kid groups for 5 to 7 year olds are forming now.

Artificial Insemination (AI) breeding barns available

There are AI breeding barns available for rent at three locations in northeast Missouri. For more information on the locations and rental information, see AI Breeding Barns (PDF)

Ag Connection newsletter shares timely information

The Ag Connection newsletter shares timely information on agricultural-related items. Read these articles at

Fencing and boundary laws

Find helpful resources on Missouri's fencing and boundary laws, visit Missouri fence laws.