MU Extension and partners grow knowledge among Hmong farmers

Fue Yang, left, and family operate the Year-Round Growing Education Center. Among those working with Yang: (back row) MU Extension horticulture specialist Patrick Byers, Lincoln University farm outreach worker David Middleton and MU Extension horticulture specialist Robert Balek; (front row) LU small farm specialist Nahshon Bishop, mentor Hector Troy, Webb City Farmers Market manager Eileen Nichols and LU outreach worker Randy Garrett.

Fue Yang’s proficiency in English allows him to learn from MU and LU Extension specialists. Being bilingual allows him to teach other Hmong farmers who previously could not understand workshops taught by MU and LU faculty.

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Nitrate Toxicity in Livestock

Farmers and ranchers depend on the successful combination of livestock and crops. Forage crops, in particular, are important to the producer, but they should be monitored due to plant toxicants that can be a problem. One toxicosis of concern is Nitrate (N03 ) toxicity.

Despite a producer’s best efforts to avoid growing forages that contain dangerous concentrations of nitrate, occasionally, drought-stricken pastures of hay crops produce feeds that test high in nitrates. There may be methods of handling the high nitrate hays or pastures that reduce the risk of death or production losses. However, if the forage has extremely high concentrations of nitrate, such as 25,000 ppm, then the risk to livestock health is very great even when all known management techniques are employed. Burning, or burying that forage may be the only safe alternative. Knowledge of the following livestock factors will aid in a producers decision on how to either prevent or manage the effect of high nitrate feed sources.

These are just two excerpt from an Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet. You may read the complete fact sheet.


2017 Farm Labor Guide is now available

Farm Labor Guide



The Missouri Tomato Conference will be Monday and Tuesday, August 14 and 15, 2017, at the Continental Banquet Center, 2728 North Rangeline, Joplin.  This first ever state-wide Tomato Conference brings together top experts in the field with regional experts and successful local tomato farmers to teach growers and serious hobbyists how to better grow Missouri’s top selling vegetable.
Day one begins at 8:45 and will include presentations on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Tomatoes
  • Tomato Insect IPM & major challenges
  • Diagnosing & Addressing Tomato Disease Issues
  • Track 1:Field Tomatoes -
    • Field tomatoes from a farmer’s perspective
    • Tomato insect management in the field
  • Track 2: Greenhouse and High Tunnel tomatoes
    • Basics of tomato management in structures 
    • High Tunnel tomatoes from a farmer’s perspective
  • Tomato fertility management and quality issues
  • Tomato grafting

Day two consists of farm tours and on-site education at three area farms from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Registration is $30.  Registration includes lunch on day one, all presentations and handouts, farm tours on day two and the Greenhouse Tomato Handbook by Dr. Snyder(1  per family or farm).
Complete conference information is available at or by calling 417 483-8139. 
The Missouri Tomato Conference is sponsored by the Webb City Farmers Market, University of Missouri Extension, and Lincoln University Co-operative Extension.  It is underwritten by a specialty crops grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. 


Fifth-generation rancher becomes MU Extension beef nutrition specialist

Source: Eric Bailey, 573-884-7873

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fifth-generation rancher Eric Bailey joins University of Missouri Extension as state beef nutrition specialist.

He came to Mizzou for “its desire to innovate and be leaders in the next generation of beef producers.” He will work with specialists on beef cattle nutrition. He plans to meet beef farmers and leaders across the state.

A native of Santa Rosa, N.M., Bailey grew up about 7 miles from where his great-great-grandfather homesteaded. The family ranched on 65,000 acres that get 12 inches of rain per year. Cows graze 365 days, and each cow needs 55 acres.

His father recently retired as foreman of Singleton Ranches, one of the country’s top ranches in size and cows. It covers more than a million acres in New Mexico and California.

Before 2000, his grandfather was Singleton’s general manager.

“I don’t know anything but agriculture and beef cattle,” Bailey said.

He received a bachelor’s in animal science from West Texas A&M in 2007. We went to graduate school at Kansas State University, where he was named Larry H. Corah Outstanding Ph.D. student in 2013. His emphasis was beef cattle nutrition.

After earning his doctorate, Bailey returned to his alma mater, joining the West Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Sciences in 2013 as Endowed Chair of Cow-Calf Nutrition.

He belongs to the American Society of Animal Science and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

At Mizzou, Bailey intends to research strategies to reduce input costs for cow-calf operations through improved grazing management and use of purchased and raised feedstuffs.

In his spare time, Bailey trains quarter horses and plays golf. He plans to be an ardent supporter of Mizzou football and basketball.

He lives in Columbia with two horses, a stock dog and a companion dog.

Reach Bailey at or 573-884-7873.

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Cutline: Eric Bailey, state beef nutrition specialist.
Credit: Photo courtesy of Rob Kallenbach






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