USDA Census of Agriculture reveals Missouri agriculture trends, highlights

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service published the latest Census of Agriculture. Missouri agriculture remains second in the number of farms in the United States with more than 95,000 farms on 27.8 million acres. The data showcases the state’s unique foothold in agriculture commodity diversity and ability to bring home the next generation of agriculture’s workforce.

Motorist, farmers: share the road during planting season

    Spring is here and temperatures appear to be warming. That means farmers throughout Missouri will be busy planting crops and moving livestock. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to expect heavier farm machinery traffic--especially on two-lane highways in rural parts of the state. Please obey all traffic laws and remain vigilant. Most importantly, everyone is encouraged to share the road. Farmers and motorists alike should be safe, courteous drivers.

Free family gardening fair set for April 13

    University of Missouri Extension and Phelps County Master Gardeners are hosting a Free Growing Green Family Fair, a day of gardening fun for the entire family, on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the First Baptist Church Ministry Center, 801 North Cedar Street, Rolla, Missouri (corner of Cedar Street and 10th Street) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April is National Safe Digging Month

    Spring weather brings an increase in projects that may require digging or excavation work around your home or business. Before you start digging on any project, the Missouri Public Service Commission reminds homeowners and businesses to call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE (344-7483) or go online to place a locate request at so that underground utilities can be marked.

Show-Me-Select spring heifer sales set at four auction barns across Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Spring sales of Show-Me-Select replacement heifers are set in four auction barns across the state in April, May and June.
Spring sales offer bred replacement heifers for fall-calving herds, says Dave Patterson, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist.