Thursday, April 19, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station presented an informative management and marketing workshop on March 17. Workshop speakers include local producers and researchers from across the Southeast.
The videos of those presentation have been loaded onto the Internet and now are available for viewing at https://vimeo.com/album/5116355.
For more information about small ruminants, visit : http://extension.msstate.edu/agriculture/livestock/goats-and-sheep
For more information about forages, visit: http://www.mississippiforages.com
Monday, April 16, 2018
Lapeer MI - Ag Community Relief is assembling donations of hay and other supplies, along with volunteers, to move into Oklahoma to assist those affected by wildfires over the past few days. Northwestern Oklahoma has seen close to 400,000 acres burned since late last week with roughly 13 percent contained. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency on April 13 for 52 counties in the drought stricken region, opening up resources and funding for those areas.
Matt Schaller is president of Ag Community Relief. The Michigan-based non-profit 501(c)3 was formed in 2017 after the wildfires in Oklahoma and Kansas, to bring relief to active farmers and ranchers that experienced devastation across the US by assembling volunteers and donations to help mitigate their suffering.
“Unfortunately, these folks are in the same boat as the people we helped last year,” said Schaller. “We’re asking that you take a look at your hay pile. Can you spare 6-8 round bales? Things are so dry there isn’t hay to be found in that area. We’ve been trying to find 30 bales around Ashland KS for two weeks and nobody had any idea where we could find it. They all said you could travel 200 miles and not find anyone willing to let hay go.
“The Orphan Calf Relief that so many of you supported last year is beginning to assemble once again. Supplies needed are milk replacer, feed, small square bales, electrolytes, minerals and funds to cover vet costs/meds required. You may think what you can give isn’t enough but we’ve all seen what we can do when we come together.”
Lapeer Farm and Garden in Lapeer MI has offered to accept donations for anyone who wants to call and place an order by taking payment over the phone to send items to Oklahoma on Ag Community Relief’s volunteer-based convoy. They can be reached at (810) 664-2907. Items being asked for by ranchers in Oklahoma are:
Calf milk replacer (no soy)
"Sav a Calf"
Powdered Milk (ex: Putin's Dairy Calf 20-20)
Trucks loaded with hay and supplies will depart for Oklahoma the evening of Wednesday April 18, with others possibly in the works, according to Schaller.
If you’re interested in donating or making the trip to Oklahoma, visit the Ag Community Relief Facebook page, agcommunityrelief.com or contact them at or 517-668-2676. All donations are tax deductible.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
STOCKTON, Mo. - University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University are hosting a "Sheep and Goat Workshop" focused on internal parasite management starting at 4 p.m., April 19 at the Osceola First Baptist Church, 555 Walnut Street, Osceola.
Susan Jaster with Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Small Farm Outreach Program and MU Extension Livestock Specialists Gene Schmitz and Patrick Davis will lead this workshop.
This workshop will include lecture, discussion, and a hands-on activity related to body condition scoring, FAMACHAc Scoring, Fecal Egg Count in sheep and goats. Linda Heryford will provide the sheep and goats used in the demonstrations.
Participants will become certified in FAMACHA eye anemia system and along with the Five Point Check System, is used to determine when sheep and goats need to be dewormed.
The workshop costs $35 per person. Preregistration, along with fee payment, must be submitted by April 16 to the St. Clair County MU Extension Center, P.O. Box 523, Osceola, Mo. 64776. The fee covers supper, refreshments, and handouts.
For registration or questions, contact the St. Clair County MU Extension Center at 417 - 646 - 2419 or by email at email@example.com.
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USDA to Immediately Assist Producers for Qualifying Livestock, Honeybee and Farm-raised Fish Program Losses
04/09/2018 04:08 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue $34 million to help agricultural producers recover from 2017 natural disasters through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), which covers losses not covered by certain other USDA disaster assistance programs. These payments are being made available today, and they are part of a broader USDA effort to help producers recover from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires and drought. A large portion of this assistance will be made available in federally designated disaster areas.