Greene County MU Extension Hosting Programs On Hay, Calving And Insurance That Are Important To Ag Producers

   The weather is getting colder which means agricultural programming from University of Missouri Extension is getting ready to heat up. Several new programs and events were announced this week according to David Burton, county engagement specialist and community development specialist for University of Missouri Extension.
   MU Extension's regional hay school will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 4, 11 and 13 inside the Missouri State University Bond Learning Center at the Darr Agricultural Center, 2401 S Kansas Expy, Springfield. Dinner at the beginning of each session is followed by presentations.
   The course is specifically designed for livestock producers who may already have their hay equipment or have hay custom harvested on their land. The goal is to give attendees the fundamental knowledge needed to improve their hay operation.
   This program will have a registration fee. Flyers and registration details will be on the Greene County Extension website soon (, or you can call (417) 881-8909 for more information.
   A hands-on spring calving workshop is going to be held in Pinegar Arena at the Darr Agriculture Center on January 22. Due to the expected high demand for this program, there will be a two sessions (both with the same information) offering from 9 a.m to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
   The calving workshop will address techniques to assist livestock through a difficult birth, care for a newborn calf, and care for the mother after a difficult birth.
   This program will have a registration fee. Flyers and registration details will be on the Greene County Extension website soon (, or you can call (417) 881-8909 for more information.
   Insurance remains a challenge for meeting in the farming community.
   MU Extension's Health Insurance Education Initiative is trying to help by presenting several Affordable Care Act (ACA) trainings for financial and helping professionals across the state of Missouri.
   Training is free and open to the public. Lunch will be included at no cost. Financial and helping professionals who complete the training will receive three (3) CEU credits.
   In southwest Missouri, the workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Nov. 27 at the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, 65807
   Registration of each of these sites and dates can be done online at
   MU Extension is again offering its popular "Ag Lenders Seminar: Financing Agriculture in Changing Times" workshop. These programs take place outside of Greene County but are normally well attended by bankers from this area.
   The first "Ag Lenders Seminar" will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Southwest Research Center, 14548 Hwy. H., Mount Vernon.
   The second "Ag Lenders Seminar" will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 at the Howell County Extension office, East Towne Village, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd, West Plains.
   The seminar targets lenders who are maintaining or developing an agriculture loan portfolio.
   Program speakers will include Joe Horner, MU agriculture economist, and Jim Spencer Jr and Jennifer Lutes, both regional agriculture business specialists.
   There is a cost of $50 for these seminars. Registration for the program is needed before Nov 28 and can be made by contacting the Christian County MU Extension office at (417) 581-3558. ∆
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