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Missouri Farmers Care Meets with Chris Chinn

Missouri Farmers Care meets with Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn on November 1.

Missouri Farmers Care
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Profit Seminars Set for Five Locations

Missouri Dairy Association, University of Missouri Extension and Multimin USA will hold the 2018 Missouri Dairy Profit Seminar at five locations throughout the state Feb. 19-23.

The event is free for dairy producers, but lunch reservations are required. A fee of $20 is required for non-dairy producers. This will be a good opportunity for producers to learn of several ways to enhance their operations, said MU Extension veterinarian Scott Poock.

Topics include:

  • Precision dairy opportunities and challenges by Jeffery Bewley of Multimin USA. He also will present a session on compost-bedded pack barn design and management.
  • Support calf immune response with Multimin 90 by Dan Tracy of Multimin USA.
  • Missouri Dairy Association happenings and sponsor recognition by Dave Drennan, Missouri Dairy Association.
  • Managing environmental and contagious mastitis by MU veterinarians John Middleton and Pamela Adkins.

All sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. Commodity specialists, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, MFA and Select Sires MidAmerica Inc. will provide coffee, milk and pastries. A hot lunch will be served at each session.

Locations and dates:

  • Monday, Feb. 19. FCS Financial, 2600 S. Limit Ave., Sedalia. (Note: This is a new location.) Register with the MU Extension Center in Pettis County at 660-827-0591.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20. Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 W. Independence Drive (Exit 70 off Interstate 44), Springfield. Register with MU Extension dairy specialist Reagan Bluel, 417-847-3161.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21. Missouri State University Fruit Experiment Station, 9740 Red Spring Road, Mountain Grove. Contact MU Extension dairy specialist Ted Probert at 417-547-7539.
  • Thursday, Feb. 22. MU Extension Center in Cape Girardeau County, 684 Jackson Trail, Jackson. Contact the extension center at 573-243-3581.
  • Friday, Feb. 23. Hagie’s Nineteen, 618 N. Washington Ave., Union. Register with Ken Bolte at 636-583-5141.

2018 Missouri Dairy Profit Seminars
Profit Seminars return February 19-23 in Sedalia, Springfield, Mountain Grove, Jackson and Union. Registration is free for dairy producers; $20.00 per person for all others. Payable at each location. Lunch reservations are required. Sponsored by the Missouri Dairy Association and University of Missouri.

Dairy Risk Management

The State of Missouri’s FY18 budget signed by Gov. Eric Greitens made available $660,000 to fund a dairy risk management program created by the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act. The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA), housed within the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will begin accepting applications for the program in early 2018.

“I applaud Gov. Greitens for making this a priority and supporting the Missouri dairy industry, which employs 23,000 Missourians and generates an estimated $7.5 billion in economic output annually,” said Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “The dairy industry worked for this for several years, and MASBDA is ready to go to work for them.”


Margin Insurance Premium Assistance Program

The Margin Insurance Premium Assistance program was established to assist Missouri dairy farmers with the cost of their participation in the federal margin protection program between 2015 and 2017. Eligible dairy farmers may be reimbursed up to 70 percent of their federal premium, excluding the USDA Farm Service Agency administrative fees. Dairy farmers applying for reimbursement will be required to submit full proof of federal premium payment for each year that reimbursement is requested. Applications will open on Jan. 2, 2018, and close on Feb. 28, 2018. Full program information and application forms are also available through milk marketing cooperatives, producer organizations and county FSA offices.

Margin Insurance Premium Assistance Application Forms

MDA Newsletter - December 2017
MDA President Ted Sheppard discussing the importance of funding the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act with Governor Greitens at the Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting with MDA Director Stacey McCallister looking on.

MU Farm Bill Summit

Missouri's dairy farmers were represented on the livestock panel (moderated by Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler) by MDA Executive Director Dave Drennan (second from left). Drennan emphasized the need to revamp the MPP Program for all dairy farmers and the importance of dairy trade under NAFTA with Canada and Mexico.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farm bill programs received fresh looks and reality checks during daylong discussions at a Missouri Farm Bill Summit, Oct. 18 at University of Missouri Bradford Farm.

A new farm bill, due in 2018, needs input from Missourians, says Scott Brown, MU economist and event organizer. “We look at what works and what needs change.”


Missouri Dairy Judging Team Places 3rd Overall
Winners of the National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards luncheon. The event was held in conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mr. Ron Tilford from Ohio served as superintendent of the event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the dairy cattle evaluation and management event are sponsored by Allflex USA Inc. Allflex USA and Allflex /SCR Dairy are proud to have the opportunity to sponsor the Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management. We take pride in the development of our future generation.

Dairy Judging Team Takes 3rd!

Congratulations to the Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team which took 3rd place Monday at the World Dairy Expo in Madison.

Their score of 1,973 trailed only Wisconsin 2,017 and Maryland 2,014.

The team consisted of Lora Wright, Ellie Wantland, Grant Groves and Daryin Sharp and was coached by Ted Probert and Karla Deaver.

The top 10 individuals included:

#6 Lora Wright 673
#9 Ellie Wantland 667

The top individual was Kylie Nickels of Wisconsin at 688.

MDA has been a sponsor of the team for over 20 years along with sponsoring the 4-H Cow Camp in Springfield.

Way to go!

The MDA Board of Directors

Fair Play Wins Milk Quality Career Development
Fair Play FFA team, from left to right they are : Sumona Khadyrke - 6th in the Nation, Lexie Simpson - 7th in the Nation, Kenzie Clark - 8th in the Nation and Travis Buckner 28th in the Nation. 

MDA at the State Fair

Gov. Greitens and Sen. Blunt visit the Dairy Hall and talk with Missouri dairy farmers during the 2017 State Fair.
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Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act Funding APPROVED
Governor Greitens has approved the new Missouri state budget which includes $700,000 for the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act.
This has been a three year legislative effort by the Missouri Dairy Association (MDA), the Missouri Dairy Products Association and DFA.
MDA Board of Directors along with Steve Bunse (not pictured).
Thank you Governor Greitens for supporting Missouri's dairy farmers.
Margin Protection Program (MPP) reimbursement payments will be made to all participating producers from 2015-2017. These payments will be 70 percent of the premiums for bought up coverage.

The Missouri Ag and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) of the Missouri Department of Agriculture has told MDA they plan to make the producer payments before the end of the year.

MDA will be working closely with MASBDA on the implementation of the funding.

EPA Administrator Visits Missouri
Newly appointed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited rural Missourians April 20 at the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo. The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives hosted the event, which also featured U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. The event included MDA and many of Missouri's elected leaders including Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (pictured with MDA Executive Director Dave Drennan).

Lincoln County Approved for Agri-Ready Status

Leveraging it's agricultural strength and economic growth opportunities, Lincoln County has been granted Agri-Ready County Designation by Missouri Farmers Care (MFC), a coalition of 45 leading Missouri agricultural groups including MDA. This designation identifies counties that create an environment conducive to agricultural opportunity and growth which are willing to actively support Missouri's largest industry.  Lincoln County was the 30th county to achieve this status.

The Lincoln County Commission was joined Friday, April 14 by Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO, 3rd), Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, MFC Chairman Alan Wessler, D.V.M, Silex FFA members and local agriculture leaders including MDA Executive Director Dave Drennan to celebrate Lincoln County's designation as an Agri-Ready County.

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Schwinke Receives Award at Governor's Conference
MDA's first president, Arlen Schwinke, Morrison, received the Dairy Legacy Award at the Governor's Conference on Agriculture.

Fletcher Receives Newcomer Award

MDA member Charles Fletcher, Purdy, received the Missouri Grown Newcomer Award at the Governor's Conference on Agriculture.

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Kids, Cows and Camp: Preparing the Next Generation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – With an aging population of farmers and producers, preparing agriculture’s next generation is more important than ever.

University of Missouri Extension has been teaching dairy producers how to hand over their operations to that next generation. “That’s very important if we want to keep the industry alive,” said Karla Deaver, MU Extension 4-H youth specialist.


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