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Speakers at Jan. 26 Agriculture Conference in Marshfield to Address Spring Seeding, Weeds, Hay Feeding, Cattle Grading, and Insect Control

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January 14, 2013

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MARSHFIELD, Mo. – Members of the public are invited to attend the 89th Annual Webster County Diversified Agriculture Conference, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Faith Southern Baptist Church, 1002 S. Marshall St. (Highway A), south of the Webster County Extension Center, in Marshfield.


“The educational nature of the conference is adjusted each year to reflect current issues of interest and concern in Webster County and southwest Missouri,” said Bob Schultheis, a natural resource engineering specialist with University of Missouri Extension, based in Marshfield.


Schultheis says the conference will again be on a Saturday this year, because that day proved to be very popular with attendees last year.


“The planning committee has put together a timely program that will appeal to those people interested in revitalizing drought-damaged fields, saving money on hay feeding, understanding cattle grading, and controlling crop insects,” said Schultheis.


Topics to be discussed include: “Spring Seeding and Weed Control Options,” by Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist; “Improving Hay Feeding Efficiency,” by Bob Schultheis, MU Extension natural resource engineering specialist; “Feeder Cattle Grading and Livestock Market News,” by Rick Huffman, Missouri Department of Agriculture market reporter; and “Insect Management in Agricultural Crops,” by Wayne Bailey, MU Extension state entomologist.


Lunch and some conference costs are covered by sponsors, and participants are asked to contact the Webster County Extension Center at 417-859-2044 by Tuesday, Jan. 22, to make their meal reservation so enough food can be prepared.


Donations are being accepted to help with the remainder of the conference costs. Participants are also invited to bring a non-perishable food item or cash contribution to be donated to the Webster County Food Pantry.


For more information or a program agenda, or to make special accommodations because of a disability, contact the Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield at 417-859-2044, by e-mail at, or go online to


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