MDC encourages public to steer clear of invasive Callery pear trees

Spring is an opportune time to plant a new tree, but the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to steer clear of one species – the Callery pear.
The Callery pear, also known as the Bradford pear, Cleveland Select, Autumn Blaze, or Aristocrat, is a non-native and highly invasive species that multiplies quickly and crowds out Missouri native plants.

Missouri Department of Agriculture launches 13th Annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture is launching the 13th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest.

Strengthening Missouri's local food systems

A new partnership between the University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security (ICFS) and MU Extension will make it easier to access information about local and regional food systems and food security.

Co-grazing: Diversification could boost farm profits

Have you ever considered diversifying production on the farm?
Producing beef cattle and meat goats on the same farm may improve your financials, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Jennifer Lutes.

Deadline set to renew expiring Conservation Stewardship Program contracts

Missouri producers who have an active 2018 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Classic, CSP- Renewal or CSP Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) contract that will be expiring at the end of 2022, have until April 15, 2022, to apply for potential renewal of their contract for an additional five years. Contract holders can visit their local USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office to complete the required renewal process.

Adding value to farm commodities can ease supply chain strain

For two years, shoppers have seen how supply chain problems can shock the food system. Initially triggered by the pandemic, these problems have persisted due to labor shortages, transportation bottlenecks and now international conflict.