January 18 Conference To Address Weed Control, Round Bale Silage, Small Acreage Farming And Calf Raising

   The 90th Annual Webster County Diversified Agriculture Conference begins at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Faith Southern Baptist Church, 1002 S. Marshall St. (Highway A), south of the Extension Center, in Marshfield, Missouri.
   “The planning committee has put together a timely program that will appeal to anyone interested in revitalizing weedy pastures and cropland, harvesting high-quality animal feed, and improving profit potential on raising calves for market,” said Bob Schultheis, a University of Missouri Extension natural resource engineering specialist based in Marshfield. “We also expect strong interest in the session on how to select profitable enterprises for small-acreage farms.”
   Presentations to be given at the conference include: “Weed and Poisonous Plant Control in Pastures and Cropland,” by Sarah Kenyon, MU Extension agronomy specialist; “Retaining Forage Quality with Round Bale Silage and Stockpiling Pastures,” by Tim Schnakenberg, MU Extension agronomy specialist, and Gene Kinslow, Windmill Cattle Co., LLC; “Small Acreage Farming for Profit,” by John Hobbs, MU Extension agriculture/rural development specialist; and “The Management Behind Preparing Calves for Market,” by Andy McCorkill, MU Extension agronomy specialist.
   Lunch and some conference costs are covered by sponsors. However, county and state cuts to MU Extension funding have made it necessary to implement a $10 per person registration fee this year to cover the remainder of unfunded conference costs.
   In order to prepare enough food, participants should pre-register by Tuesday, Jan. 14, by contacting the Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield.
   Participants are also invited to bring non-perishable food items or a cash contribution to be donated to the Webster County Food Pantry.
   To register, or to make special accommodations because of a disability, contact the Webster County Extension Center at 417-859-2044, by email at, or mail the pre-registration form available online at∆
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