Updated: 11Jun




MU Extension Offers Reduced-cost Farm Enenergy Audits

Missouri farmers considering energy-efficient upgrades in farm systems may be eligible for energy audits at reduced rates from University of Missouri Extension. Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency can cover up to 75 percent of the typical $450 cost of an energy audit, says MU Extension specialist Don Day. Read more



Scout pastures for Ergot


Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) is an airborne fungus and has been described by MU Extension Regional Agronomy Specialist, Sarah Kenyon, in depth in this month's newsletter. Ergot is to likely be found under these hot, wet and humid conditions. This fungus, when growing on seed heads of common grains and grasses, look like mouse droppings and when consumed, can cause an increase in the body temperature of cattle. For more information, please see page 2 of the June newsletter found HERE.  

Searching for Century Farms 

The search is on for farms that have remained in the same family for over 100 years! You must complete an application to earn Century Farm status.
Then Barry County farms will be honored at our Annual Extension Picnic on Thursday, Sept. 3rd. 

Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference

The Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference is scheduled for July 7-8th in Springfield Missouri. This two day workshop features a full day of farm tours followed by a content rich second day of learning. Click HERE to access the conference website for more information and Registration  

Learn Rotational Grazing 

Register for Management Intensive Grazing Schools available this FALL. Sessions are available in: Greenfield, Crane, Marshfield, and Springfield. Click HERE for specific location dates. 

During the sessions, participants will learn about plant growth, species adaptable to this area, livestock water, forage quality, how to estimate forage in teh pasture, fencing and the economics of grazing systems. In addition to the classroom work, participants will tour area farms that demonstrate successful grazing systems. 


Area Agriculture Programs Scheduled 2015

MU Extension specialists in SWMO are hosting a wide variety of winter farm and horticulture meetings. Download our comprehensive calendar at: 2015 Agriculture Meeting Schedule (PDF)