The following publications cover topics related to Growing Agribusiness Sustainably. For a complete list of MU Extension publications, visit the main Publications page.

Feeder Pigs Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget to estimate costs and returns for a Missouri swine operation raising feeder pigs, producing 22 pigs/sow/year and selling pigs at 40 pounds.

Goats — Late Kidding Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget to estimate costs and returns when raising Missouri meat goats in a 50-doe, spring kidding flock.

Farrow to Finish Swine Planning Budget

Revised

Use this swine enterprise budget to estimate costs and returns for a Missouri farrow-to-finish operation that produces 22 pigs/sow/year and sells hogs at 280 pounds.

Sheep — Early Lambing Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget to estimate costs and returns for raising Missouri sheep in a 50-ewe, winter-lambing flock and marketing lambs at 60 to 70 pounds.

Hog Finishing Planning Budget

Revised

Use this swine enterprise budget to estimate costs and returns for a Missouri hog finishing farm that buys 103 head of 40-pound pigs and sells 100 head of 280-pound hogs.

Sheep — Late Lambing Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget to estimate costs and returns for raising Missouri sheep in a 50-ewe, spring-lambing flock and marketing lambs at 50 to 60 pounds.

Dairy Heifer Planning Budget

Revised

Use this budget to estimate costs and returns for raising dairy heifers purchased at birth, bred and sold at 24 months in Missouri, and see input and feed needs.

Dairy (Confinement) Planning Budget

Revised

Use this budget to estimate costs and returns for a 150-cow confinement dairy (replacements raised on-farm) in Missouri and see input, feed and investment needs.

Yearling Beef Steer Feeding Planning Budget

Revised

Use this budget to estimate costs and returns for Missouri yearling beef steers bought in November and sold in April (5-month feeding, 3.65 average daily gain).

Dairy (Grazing) Planning Budget

Revised

Use this budget to estimate costs and returns for a 150-cow rotational grazing dairy (replacements raised on-farm) in Missouri, and see input, feed and investment needs.

Market Channels for Locally Raised Foods

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Sell Missouri vegetables via CSAs; U-pick sales; on-farm, roadside, farmers markets; co-ops; wholesale auctions; restaurants, institutions, supermarkets.

Goats — Early Kidding Planning Budget

Revised

Use this doe flock enterprise budget to estimate costs and returns when birthing goat kids in the winter — a system with seasonally high prices for kids and low land needs.

Adding Value in Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Reviewed

See 7 ways to add value to farm commodities or products, and learn how to turn a value-added agriculture idea into a business that can increase farm income.

Short-Term Operating Plan for Farms and Ranches

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Download a short-term operating plan workbook you can use to prepare your farm or ranch for operating if decision makers are unable to make short-term choices.

High Tunnel Melon and Watermelon Production

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High tunnels are low-cost, passive, solar plant forcing structures that use no fossil fuels for heating or venting and provide many benefits to horticulture crop producers

Growing Asparagus in Missouri

Reviewed

Reviewed by David Trinklein
Horticulture Extension State Specialist
Division of Plant Sciences & Technology

Dairy Grazing: Heifer Development

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Heifers are the foundation of any dairy enterprise and directly affect future profitability. Learn how to manage a heifer development program to maintain a herd with farm-raised heifers and save the cost of buying replacement heifers in this guide.

Bluegill Sunfish Production in Missouri

Reviewed

Learn about opportunities in Missouri for producing bluegill (aka bream, brim or perch), a sunfish species popular as sport fish for anglers, for food markets and recreational pond and lake stocking in this University of Missouri Extension guide.

Home Fruit Production: Peach and Nectarine Culture

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Peach and nectarine trees require considerable care, so cultivars must be carefully selected. Get tips for growing these fruits — including how many trees to plant, how to train and prune them, and how much to water them — in this guide.

Pruning Raspberries, Blackberries and Gooseberries

Reviewed

Michele Warmund
Fruit State Specialist
Division of Plant Sciences

Home Fruit Production: Grape Culture

Reviewed

Grapes are sturdy plants that withstand drought and can succeed even in rocky, infertile soils. Grape vines can remain productive for 20 to 30 years. Learn how to landscape with grapes, from choosing cultivars to harvesting the fruit, in the University of

Harnessing Social Media to Build Your Business

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Find tips to make your own social media plan — everything from setting goals and choosing the right platforms to building an audience and planning content.

Starting and Operating a Farmers Market: Frequently Asked Questions

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Learn what makes a farmers market successful and feasible. Get tips about how to start or improve a market to make local food available in your community.

Sampling Safely at Farmers Markets — Fact Sheet

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Read this to understand sampling regulations at farmers markets. Learn how to establish and estimate costs for handwash stations and washing and sanitizing stations.

Selling Strategies for Local Food Producers

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Learn how farms can market local food directly to consumers by building relationships with buyers, discovering customer needs, providing quality service.

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