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ISSUE DATE: 05/25/2009

Dairy industry searches for solutions

There was a time when the Ozark region of southern Missouri was known as "Little Wisconsin." The rocky grass-covered hills were not suitable for corn and soybean production but they were ideal for small dairy farms.

"We have a good area for grazing livestock," Larry Purdom said. "We can pasture cattle even after a big rain, and we have a long growing season."

Still, that advantage has not been enough to keep the dairy business strong in Missouri. David Drennan, executive director of the Missouri Dairy Association, said there were 20,000 dairy farms in Missouri in 1975, but today there are only 2,000 dairy farms in the state. Drennan said that number reflects farms with one dairy cow or more. The actual number of permanent dairy farms is probably closer to 1,600. Slowly, Missouri dairy producers like Purdom are seeing the decline of "Little Wisconsin."


2009 Iowa Farm Bureau scholarship winners see a bright future in agriculture
6 charged in $500,000 farm equipment theft
Ag leaders applaud Clem Rogers McSpadden Agricultural Complex
Agriculture census data now available by congressional district
Bank failure fallout is topic of Vilsack stop
Congress passes Bennet rural health amendment with budget
Dinsdale Family Faculty Awards presented to two faculty members
Duffers support OFB Legal Foundation
Essay contest for 3rd to 6th graders
Farmers and ranchers demand help with failed bank
Finding three "most wanted" ladybugs
Grand Island could save money on Nebraska fair move
HI lawmakers pass measure to require meat labeling
Hog prices rise as swine flu worries abate
Horse, rider drown while herding cattle
IFBF: 2009 state legislature addressed urgent environmental, in
Initial findings allay concerns about hormone runoff in soil, water
ISU agricultural and biological engineering graduate program ranked third in nation
ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student makes USA Today All-College Academic team
It's all in the genes
Lucas to co-chair Rural America Solutions Group
Motion seeks to exclude testimony from professor
New Monsanto facility to open soon near Gothenburg
NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences holds Awards Day
NMSU launches online Asian medicinal herbs production, marketing training
Pilot program introduces ag disaster planning to local officials in Nebraska
Plant pathologists call for more data to support pre-harvest food safety interventions
RMFU helps put money back into communities
Students to study agriculture in Croatia
Survey shows farm economy will slump this year
Tax credit available for first-time home buyers
TDA seeks to expand broadband connectivity, create economic development
Upcoming K-State agricultural events
USDA extends certain CRP contracts
UW Extension bulletin examines key estate planning documents
Vet says ND cattle loses pegged at more than 80k


2009 UNL Crop Production Clinics available online
2010 High Plains No-Till Conference plans underway
A better understanding of a major threat to wheat
AFBF: Cool, wet spring delays corn planting
Dou to research integrated cropping systems in Beaumont
Equipping ranchers to be innovative leaders in land management and conservation
Heavy rain may delay corn planting another week, says MU Extension climatologist
Kansas winter wheat production expected down 4 percent
Nebraska Corn Board welcomes EPA's action on ethanol
Nebraska corn producers disappointed in California action
NMSU to hold plant disease, pest first-detector training in Albuquerque area
NRCS State Technical Committee to meet May 14 in Pierre
Oklahoma conservation leaders praise approval of $25 million bond issue by Governor Brad Henry
Options for expiring CRP acres
Scout wheat early to beat pre-harvest intervals
Scout wheat fields now for early disease detection
Scouting fields crucial to managing wheat foliage diseases
Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack announces $615.8 million for rural water projects
Specialty crop grant funds topic of May 28 meeting
Texas Department of Agriculture uncorks first-ever "GO TEXAN WineCast"
Three school districts recognized for outstanding integrated pest management
Time to apply for wheat seed certification
Time, weather are right for armyworm invasion of fescue pasture, wheat fields
USCP, U.S. Grains Council hosting sorghum buying mission
USDA-NASS releases county-level cash rent estimates
Wet weather encouraging yield-hurting wheat diseases
What's bugging you
Wheat groups announce goal of synchronized biotech introduction in U.S., Canada and Australia
Wheat Plot Tour June 2 in Sabetha
Wheat plot tours May 27 and 28
Winter wheat forecast down slightly in Kansas


"Shorthorn Paradise": 2009 Shorthorn Junior National Show and Conference June 29 to July 4
142nd Annual CCA Convention and Trade Show June 15 to 17
2009 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 3 to 5
All-American Limousin Futurity to Showcase Purebred, Lim-Flex, Fullblood Genetics
American Shorthorn Association announces Shorthorn University 2009
Bovine TB: ND cattle herd released from quarantine
Bright Futures Scholarship initiative invests in future of the beef industry
CDA names new assistant state veterinarian
Coordinated pushback could help contain bovine bacterial diseases
Dairy industry searches for solutions
Faces Of Agriculture launches 'Pork on a Fork' contest
Farm Bureau praises governor for signing livestock legislation
Hereford-Angus cross profitability proven
Higher costs equal smaller cattle herds
Iowa beef producers promote May Beef Month
Iowa Pork Producers Association announces 2009 tenderloin contest
NALF executive discusses genome-enhanced selection at BIF Conference
New horse. burro provisions set dangerous precedent for America's public lands
Nominate your fellow cattlemen for 2010 National Beef Quality Assurance Award
Pineywoods Beef Cow Congress set May 22 in Shelby County
Red Angus juniors learn, compete at National Western Stock Show
Southwest Dairy Day highlights newest technology
Technologies Improve FMD detection, control
Thallman receives 2009 BIF Continuing Service Award
U.S. trade chief- Beef deal with EU '99 percent there'
UW Ag Dean outlines future goals of brucellosis team
Winners named in AngusSource Contest
Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show: June 3 to 6 Cam-Plex Energy Hall, Gillette


Auto Executive in Chief
Consumers drive farming
Focus on the future


Back Forty ATV-friendly utility trailer
DeLaval Voluntary Milking System
Education and graduation
Facebook lessons
Farm groups divided over climate change legislation
Hustler Sport lawnmower
Indeco custom hay cover
Just a scoop full
No beef about this beef


Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle sale
Considerable planting progress made
Corn began to emerge
Corn emerges quickly, feels chill
Dalhart livestock sales report
Denison feeder cattle report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Dunlap cattle sales report
Farmers trying to play catch up
Freeze damaged wheat, oats being baled
Ft. Smith livestock auction news
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Grain bids rebound
Grain market close
Hay trade mixed, some selling steady
Hay trade slow, moderate demand for alfalfa
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
More rain and severe storms
Ogallala cattle sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Salina cattle auction report
Sioux Falls sheep sales report
South Central direct sheep
Soybean planting significantly advances
Spring planting gains momentum
Springfield cattle sales report
St. Joseph feeder pigs
St. Onge cattle sales report
St. Onge livestock sales
Texhoma cattle sales report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Weather helps accelerate spring planting
West Plains cattle sales
Wet weather slows planting, tillage
Wheat more than half way headed
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report


2nd Annual Ranch Stewardship Live to feature livestock, range clinics
Baling lush growth of tall fescue in pastures helps keep legumes in stand
Economics and environment theme for range schools
First cutting of alfalfa most important
High-nitrogen spring forage could pose cattle health problems
Range and Pasture Management Workshop Program and Tour June 16
Southeast Area Range Management School, June 5
Wyoming hosts 2009 Range Beef Cow Symposium Dec. 1 to 3


Citizen science and 4-H S.E.T.--Hands-on science
Family matters in the prevention of adolescent suicide
Golden Plains area site visits for horticulture questions
Groups to sponsor tree control field day June 11
Hens Forth
How to grill like an expert
Ideas for around the house
Iowa State workshop designed to enhance culinary, nutrition skills
Kansans capture the spirit of Bake and Take Month
Lots of ways to describe Cary
Meditation for 5-18-09
Meditation for 5-25-09
Multi-county pond management seminar set June 2 in New Berlin
NMSU plant diagnostic clinic helps solve mystery of 'what killed the plant'
NMSU rodeo team wins final rodeo of the season
NMSU's Chile Pepper Institute gets fired up with 'Holy Jolokia' hot sauce
NMSU's Housing and Residential Life encourages sustainability through gardening
Palm oil not a healthy substitute for trans fats
Practice proper food safety when grilling
Rodeo clown prepares for arena after heart attack
Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Three More Questions About Chickens and Eggs
United Steaks of America
Upcoming K-State horticultural events
Upcoming KSU horticultural events

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