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The Polk County University of Missouri Extension is sponsoring a Spring Garden Planning workshop on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Polk County Extension Center, 110 E Jefferson, Bolivar. Cost for the event is $10 per participant. more
On Saturday evening Feb. 17, the Polk County 4-H hosted their annual Soup Supper and Dessert Auction. Soups and desserts were made and donated by the county 4-H families. Zach Artz volunteered his time as auctioneer. The youth would like to thank the community for their generosity in donations. There were approximately 110 people in attendance. The event was a success in raising close to $2,000 which will support the 4-H programming in Polk county. more
Applications are now available to apply to become a Missouri Century Farm. Guidelines for becoming a Century Farm are:  more
The approach of spring signals that Missouri Beef Days 2024 is not far away. The weeklong event packed full of family fun including a rodeo, parade, banquet, ag expo, cowboy church, and concert by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils runs from May 4-11 in Bolivar, but those still wanting to become a sponsor have only until March 1 to guarantee the best choice of benefits – including one of those famous cut-out cows. more
Some things that happen on a hobby farm just have to be shared. As I was feeding the cows on Wednesday afternoon I noticed one of my cows, Reva, was going to calve at any time. On Thursday when I was feeding as expected I had a new heifer calf that had been born the night before on Valentines Day. When I have new calves I always take pictures and send to my niece and nephew so my great-niece and -nephew can name them. After they decided on the name Valentine, Val for short, I posted the picture on Facebook as usual. After posting I looked at the photo and realized that Val had an almost perfect heart on her forehead. What are the chances of that? When talking with one of my coworkers the next day he commented that the stars had to align perfectly for this to happen!! more
Mason Bruce Hopkins, a member of the Fair Play FFA chapter recently received the American FFA Degree. Members earning this degree were among a select group of individuals to be recognized for years of academic and professional excellence. The honor was presented on Nov. 4 at the 96th National FFA Convention, held in Indianapolis, IN. more
Missouri Beef Days, the state’s signature family event celebrating the beef industry, announces the hiring of Katie Roweton as Executive Coordinator in preparation for this year’s events, which run from May 4-11 in Bolivar. more
Wednesday, Feb. 14 more
Feb. 17 at the Polk County Fairgrounds more
Applications are now available to apply to become a Missouri Century Farm. Guidelines for becoming a Century Farm are: more
The Polk County Extension Council held their annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5. more
Bolivar Liberators will celebrate their courtwarming, Friday, Feb. 16. Games begin at 6 p.m. against Lebanon. more
Those wanting to take their wardrobe to the next level for this year’s Missouri Beef Days in Bolivar this May have an opportunity to find great options at this year’s Missouri Beef Days Fashion Show in March. more
Caleb is excited to explore agriculture policy opportunities and careers as he serves as a Missouri Farm Bureau 2024 Ambassador. more
The Polk County Extension Center will be holding a Private Pesticide Applicator Training on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 4560 S.100 Road, Bolivar. The class will start at 6 p.m. and conclude around 9 p.m. There is no cost for the training. Terry Halleran, Regional Agronomy Specialist, will facilitate the training. more
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association recognized a Bolivar cattle producer as the 2023 Cattleman of the Year at the 56th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show on Jan. 20, 2024, at Osage Beach. Keith Stevens was presented the award for his commitment to advancing the Missouri beef industry. more
The Polk County Extension Center will be holding a Private Pesticide Applicator Training on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 4560 S.100 Road, Bolivar. The class will start at 6 p.m. and conclude around 9 p.m. There is no cost for the training. Terry Halleran, Regional Agronomy Specialist, will facilitate the training. more
The Polk County Extension Center will be holding a Private Pesticide Applicator Training on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 4560 S.100 Road, Bolivar. The class will start at 6 p.m. and conclude around 9 p.m. There is no cost for the training. Terry Halleran, Regional Agronomy Specialist, will facilitate the training. more
ST. PETERS, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Agriculture, Food and Forestry Innovation Center offer a one-day workshop Saturday, Feb. 17, in St. Peters at the MU Extension Center in St. Charles County. more
Don’t ignore the warning signs. more
Winter storms create significant challenges and often result in catastrophic loss for agricultural producers, especially for those raising livestock, row crops and vulnerable crops like citrus. Despite every attempt to mitigate risk, your operation may suffer losses. As you prepare for the potential impacts of upcoming winter weather, know that USDA offers several programs to help with recovery. more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Karen Stillings in Polk/Dallas Counties reminds producers that FSA continues to accept applications for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses due to drought. The deadline to apply for 2023 LFP assistance is Jan. 30, 2024. more
State legislators from across Missouri descended upon the state Capitol last Wednesday to kick off the 2024 state legislative session. From now through May 17, these elected leaders will debate and deliberate bills and topics important to them and their constituents. The hope each and every year is for priority issues to be passed by the General Assembly and ultimately land on the Governor’s desk for his signature. more
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will release the 2022 Census of Agriculture data Feb. 13, 2024. more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Karen Stillings in Polk/Dallas Counties reminds producers that FSA continues to accept applications for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses due to drought. The deadline to apply for 2023 LFP assistance is Jan. 30, 2024. more
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