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Culture of Agriculture: Lessons in Empathy and Economy Understanding Unique Challenges for Farmers Creating Succession Plans

FRAMING QUESTION- What would it look like if MU Extension faculty in NE and NW regions used empathy- based outreach to engage a broad audience of stakeholders, including economic developers, lenders, attorneys, accountants, nonprofit directors, and community advocates, so that the unique reasons why farmers and ranchers postpone estate and succession planning are understood and then those concerns addressed at a local, regional, and state level?

Pilot Activities

A performance of “Map of My Kingdom” on June 10, 2016 will serve as a catalyst for conversations with community developers about the importance of supporting farm transition planning for economic vitality and improved well-being of society. The event will include a panel discussion with MU Extension faculty, attorneys, and legislators about reasons why farm succession planning is not just of interest to farmers.

“Map of My Kingdom,” is a one-act play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa poet laureate, Mary Swander. The play reflects the emotional experiences of families who undertake transferring or selling the farm. (Trailer available at )

In addition to the performance, video testimonials from attorneys, farmers, economic developers and stakeholders will be captured to support future training for community developers while marketing the farm succession planning curriculum.

Pilot Objectives

Educate community stakeholders about farm succession planning obstacles and how farm succession differs from other estate planning;

Inform stakeholders about farm ownership trends and why communities should support farm succession planning;

Encourage stakeholders to participate in future MU Extension training AND endorse farm succession training.


  • High percentage of farmers age 65+ in Missouri;
  • Generally, today’s 65-year olds are better educated, healthier and more willing to extend their working years than seniors in the past;
  • Shortage of attorneys, CPAs well-versed in estate and tax law specific to farm succession;
  • Lenders, community leaders, generations growing increasingly distant from agriculture;
  • 80s farm crisis directly touched farmers and ranchers approaching retirement age and now influences decision-making;
  • Culture of agriculture; farming is a business AND way of life that those removed from agriculture may not be able to understand or relate;
  • Shortage of land available for those wanting to enter farming, or expand operations, due to control of land by existing landowners;
  • Outmigration has resulted in farmers leaving estates to absentee owners and transferring wealth outside of rural Missouri;
  • High cost of equipment, land, livestock deters beginning farmers.


First Annual 4-H Day with the Kansas City Royals


Missouri and Kansas 4-H members, parents, volunteers, supporters, and alumni will gather at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, September 17, 2016 for the 1st annual 4-H Day with the Royals.  The World Series Champion Royals will be playing the White Socks in a 6:15 p.m. game.  Tickets for the game will be $35.00 each and includes a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H Clover on the back and the Royals emblem on the front.


Pre-game ceremonies will include one 4-H member joining the Captains Club to represent 4-H prior to the game.  As an added bonus, the Royals give-away item for the game is an adult Royals pullover.  The first 15,000 fans age 16 and older will receive this one-of-a-kind item.


Tickets for the event must be ordered on the 4-H Day with the Royals order form.  Ticket order forms are available at the University of Missouri Extension office, or on the web at or for credit card orders at  Ticket orders must be postmarked by August 1, 2016.  Tickets usually sell out before the order deadline, so families are encouraged to order early.  4-H Clubs, counties, or groups of families who would like to be seated together must send their orders on the same form.


Families can also participate in the 4-H Day with the Royals raffle to win prizes. Complete information about the 4-H Day with the Royals raffle is on the ticket order form. 


Job vacancies — apply now

4-H Youth Program Associate position in Lafayette County

The University of Missouri Extension, Northwest Region, has an open position for 4-H Youth Program Associate.  A YPA is to assist in the planning, management and support of 4-H Youth Development programs in assigned geographic area, under the guidance and supervision of the 4-H Youth Development Specialist.  The position is .50 FTE.  To get a full overview, see below.  

The positions below are 12-month academic positions. Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Agronomy Specialist in Harrison County

The Agronomy Specialist in Harrison County will primarily serve Harrison, Worth, Gentry, Daviess, Mercer, Grundy and Livingston counties in the Northwest Region with additional coverage as needed.

An agronomist is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in crop and forage production, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, soil science and overall production agriculture, in addition to applying knowledge related to general agricultural in the counties served.  Educational programs may consist of workshops, farm tours, field demonstrations, one-on-one consultations, soil test report interpretation and online programming that provide research-based material to local clients.

To research more about this position and to apply, go to Regional Agronomy Specialist, Harrison / NW, Job ID  # 19268.

Commercial Horticulture Specialist and County Program Director in Carroll County

MU Extension NW Region has a new job opening in Carroll County/ Carrollton. The position is for a Commercial Horticulture Specialist & CPD. The Commercial Horticulture Specialist will primarily serve Carroll, Livingston, Caldwell, Ray, Lafayette and Saline counties in Northwest Region, with additional coverage as needed.

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating commercial horticulture educational programs. Topics may include, but not limited to, best management practices, pest control, plant diseases, brush and weed control, soils, irrigation, IPM, pesticide certification, marketing of horticultural crops, Master Gardener program, and water quality. In addition, apply knowledge related to home horticulture and general agricultural in the counties served.

For more information and to apply go to Career opportunities with MU Extension, Job ID # 18716.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

Family Financial Education Specialist, Andrew County 

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in financial literacy, money management, estate planning, food resource management, debt management and consumer issues for low income audiences.

Human Environmental Sciences Extension programs promote optimal well-being of individuals, families and communities, with special recognition for the needs of vulnerable populations. Family Financial Education Specialists make a positive difference in the financial well-being of Missourians.

To learn more about the Family Financial Education Specialist position and to apply, go to Career opportunities with MU Extension, Regional Family Financial Education Specialist, Andrew County, NW Region, Job Opening ID 15408.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

Agricultural Business Specialist in Lafayette and Livingston County

As an ag specialist, this person is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating agricultural business educational programs in the support of crop and forage production, livestock production and overall production agriculture. Topics may include, but not limited to, farm leases, tax management, basic estate planning, alternative crops and livestock, marketing and other emerging issues faced by producers and land owners within the assigned area. In addition, apply knowledge related to general agricultural in the counties served.

  • The Livingston County position is headquartered in Chillicothe and primarily serves Livingston, Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy and Mercer counties in the Northwest Region with additional coverage as needed.

For a complete overview of the position, follow this link  Regional Agricultural Business Specialist Livingston County, Job Opening ID #14718

  • The Lafayette County Position is headquartered in Higginsville and primarily serves Lafayette, Ray, Carroll and Saline counties in the Northwest Region with additional coverage as needed.

For a complete overview of the position, follow this link Regional Agricultural Business Specialist Lafayette County, Job Opening ID #15829 

An Equal Opportunity/Access/affirmative Actions/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

Fencing and boundary laws

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws provides general information for landowners. 

Websites offer free climate data

Farmers have a new set of free tools to help them make crop decisions.

Ray Massey, MU Extension agricultural economist, and Pat Guinan, climatologist for MU Extension Commercial Agriculture, are collaborating with participants across the nation to make information easily available.

The websites are important because access to historical climate data helps farm operations that depend on favorable temperatures and precipitation patterns, Massey says. He and Guinan recently presented the information at MU’s Crop Management Conference in Columbia. Find addresses and explore details on more than a dozen climate-oriented websites.

Community emergency management resources

MU Extension has resources available for emergency management. The resources cover a wide range of disasters. There is information available on how to prepare for a disaster, what to do in a disaster and the recovery.  Do you have a family disaster plan in place? Make sure you and your family have a supply of safe drinking water after a disaster.

St. Joseph Weather Station — Real time

MU Extension in the Northwest Region is on Facebook. Look at what's going on and programs that are offered.

Northwest region Regional Office
706 S. Woodbine Rd., Suite A
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-279-6064
Fax: 816-279-0096
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