Monday, October 20, 2014

Lamb and Chevon

Lincoln University, through a grant, was able to provide one episode of the Show-Me Ag show on how to cook lamb and chevon.  Goat and sheep producers are finding that customers are interested in purchasing lamb and chevon but have no idea on how to prepare the meat.  Watch this episode to learn more.

The Sheep and Goat meat industries are rapidly growing segments of Missouri agriculture. The demand for these animals is based on their meat production and consumers need to know more about cooking the meat and its and nutrition benefits. That’s why this month we take a look at lamb and chevon, their health benefits, and how best to prepare them.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Forest Farming Workshop Series

Wooded areas are a prominent feature in the county landscape and are often thought of as unprofitable or unusable areas.  This workshop series is designed to offer options and ideas to those landowners looking to improve their forested areas or looking for other innovative ways to use the products that these areas can offer. 

This series of workshops will occur three Tuesday evenings in a row to help you gain more knowledge on forest farming and the opportunities that exists in our forest.  You can choose to come to one or all of them.  Each workshop will start at 6 pm and go until you have had all your questions answered. Light refreshments will be offered.  All workshops are FREE of charge.

Oct. 28th (To be held at the Washington Co. Library lower level)
Improving Your Timber Stand and Harvesting Options
Jeff Dierking from the Missouri Dept. of Conservation as well as a professional forester will be there speaking and to answer your questions.

Nov. 4th (To be held at the Wash. Co Health Department)
Silvopasture Practices: getting the most out of your forest for pasture
Rhonda Devault of Natural Resource & Conservation Service (NRCS) will be speaking on this opportunity.

Nov. 11th (To be held at the Washington Co. Library lower level)
Harvesting Wild Grown Products for Profit and Growing Mushrooms
American Botanicals, a company that buys wild products from individuals, will present and Sharon McCann of McCann Forest Farm will be speaking on growing mushrooms for profit.

If you have any questions, contact Joyce Rainwater, LU Small Farm Outreach Worker at 314-800-4076.  RSVP is kindly requested so enough refreshments and handouts will be available for everyone attending.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Teaching Financial Literacy to Farmers – A NIFTI Webinar

Join the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) on Nov. 18th, from Noon to 1:30 PM central time to learn tools and best practices for teaching financial literacy to beginning farmers. Presenters are Julia Shanks - Julia Shanks Food Consulting, and Gary Matteson – Farm Credit Council. The webinar will focus on practical strategies for teaching farmers how to manage the financial health of their businesses.

Click here to register for the webinar, and visit our website: to view previous NIFTI webinars.

Julia Shanks - chef and entrepreneur — consults with food businesses and farms, helping them maximize profits and streamline operations through business planning, feasibility studies and operational audits. Clients include Life Alive, Cuisine en Locale, The Elephant Walk, The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and City Growers. She lectures on sustainable food systems and restaurant accounting. She sits on the advisory board of Future Chefs and is the regional leader of Slow Money Boston.

Gary Matteson has more than 30 years of experience in the farming and agriculture industry. He leads the Farm Credit program serving young, beginning and small (YBS) farmers and ranchers at the Farm Credit Council, the System’s national trade organization. Mr. Matteson coordinates efforts within Farm Credit’s nationwide network and among many national organizations to ensure that YBS farmers have the opportunities they need to succeed.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Farmer/Rancher Grant due Nov 20th

This is a reminder that the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer Rancher Grants are due on November 20th.

This is an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to fund innovative ideas that advance sustainable agriculture.  An individual farmer can receive up to $7500, two farmers working together can receive up to $15,000, and three or more farmers can get up to $22,500 in grant funds.

Here are a few Missouri local projects that were funded in the last couple of years:

- Optimizing Year Round Leek Production in the Ozarks:

- Growing Mushroom on Local Agricultural Byproducts:

You can find out more information about this grant here:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Winter Production Workshop

Thanks to a Local Food Grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Webb City Farmers Market is hosting a Winter Production/Season Extension Conference November 10 and 11.

For a complete schedule and registration information, go to the Webb City Farmer's Market and click on the winter production tab.

The event will take place at the Continental Banquet Center, 2802 N Range Line Road, Joplin, MO 64801. Registration is $50 for the first farm registrant and $40 for each additional registrant from the
same farm. The conference will be limited to 100 participants and includes lunch both days.

Presenters include:
• Alison and Paul Wiedier of Au Naturel Farm in Smiths Grove, Kentucky, year-round market growers and authors of Walking to Spring.
• Patrice Gros, market grower and educator, owner of Foundation Farm in Northwest Arkansas.
• Lewis Jett, horticulturist, West Virginia University Extension, formerly of University of Missouri where he pioneered tomato production in high tunnels.

For additional information, contact Eileen Nichols at 417 483-8139.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Basics of Beekeeping in Missouri

A workshop on the basics of beekeeping in Missouri will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at the George Washington Carver Farm – Lincoln University, 3804 Bald Hill Road Jefferson City, MO

This all day workshop will be taught by Jim and Valerie Duever of Jim ‘n’ I Farms, Inc. The speakers have taught several beginning beekeeping workshops and are very passionate about educating people on beekeeping. Come learn about how to start, manage and maintain productive honeybee colonies through an entire year. Also, we will be doing a hands-on building of a hive. This hive will be given away as a door prize!

Registration is $40.00 per person with the class limited to the first 35 paid participants which includes a meal, refreshments and materials.  Contact the Morgan/Moniteau County Extension Center at (573) 378-5358 for more info or to register. Deadline to register is October 24, 2014.

Make Checks Payable To: University of Missouri Extension and mail to University of Missouri Extension, 100 E. Newton St. 4th Floor, Versailles, MO 65084.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

22nd National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference™

Looking for ideas on what to do on your farm?  Then head out to the 22nd National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference on October 23-25, 2014 in Mexico MO.

Ideas and information on income opportunities for the family farm will be presented in seminars and short courses. Both traditional and alternative farm enterprises are covered for full- and part-time farmers, ranchers, gardeners and landowners. It is a perfect opportunity to visit one- on-one with the exhibitors and other small  acreage  owners.  

Three hour Short Courses include vermiculture, mob grazing, biochar and farm systems.  One hour Seminars are on vermicomposting, biochar, cover crops, aquaculture, poultry, soil health, hogs, invasive plants, and marketing.  The Farmers’ Round-Table Discussion topics include farmers’ markets, beef cattle, small-scale aquaponics, alternative poultry, grants, hair sheep, and bees.

The cost of this conference is $8/1 day, $12/2 days, $15/3 days (by Oct. 10) or $10/1 day, $15/2 days, $20/3 days after that date and at the door.  An additional charge for Short Courses: $25 each (by Oct. 10) or $35 each after that date or at the door.  Note: Short Course fees do not include admission.

For additional information call 573.687.3525 or go to the website.