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Made For Agriculture Podcast #60 - Dicamba, the courts vs. the EPA and weed control

Made For Agriculture podcast hosts, Adam, Cameron and Emily team up to discuss the latest in Dicamba ruling news with MFA’s Central Staff Agronomist Scott Wilburn and MFA Director of Crop Protection and Seed Jordan Tomlinson. They talk product availability and substitutions. The agronomy team then discusses the best ways to control weeds in your row crop fields this year.

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Intro of topics

1 min – Guest intros

2 min – Summary of Dicamba ruling.

3:30 min – Existing stock order by EPA.

4:30 min – What’s legal Dicamba use for 2024?

5:20 min – If you have Dicamba in stock….

5:50 min – How much product in stock?

6:40 min – Max dates in pipeline ruling.

7:10 min – Have a plan B and plan C.

9 min – Dicamba use pre and post.

9:30 – Boothill uses diacamba for Palmer

10:40 – Waterhemp plague in the North.

11:25 – The Waterhemp challenge by Scott.

13:30 – The loss of an effective tool.

17:00 – Resistance growth.

18:50 – Other tools are targeted.

21:00 – Group 15’s are not bulletproof.

22:00 – Who was behind the lawsuit?

23:00 –The process EPA has to navigate for label approval is a challenge.

25:00 – Lawsuit was a procedural challenge.

27:00 – Future possible record keeping & processes we’re heading toward.

29:00 – We need to educate the public & policy makers about need for crop protection.

32:00 – Challenges center around preventing Waterhemp from germinating – using everything from CP, to cover crops, to tillage.

35:00 – Tillage and then soil loss will increase when chemistry is taken away.

37:00 – How has this affected the Liberty & generic glufosinate market?

39:00 – The 2025 Seed production plans

42:00 – Product distribution challenges.

42:50 – What overlapping control means.

44:30 – A few best practices spelled out

45:30 – Don’t assume you killed the weeds that you’ve sprayed.

47:30 – AMS tricks

48:20 – Thanks

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Protect poultry by practicing

Spring is a popular time to buy poultry and begin or expand backyard flocks, and the Missouri Department of Agriculture encourages producers to practice biosecurity to help protect their own health as well as the health of their birds, customers and the public.

“There are many biosecurity practices poultry producers can implement to make a positive impact,” said Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg. “Our poultry team works to help birds and bird owners remain healthy throughout the year.”

A top concern is highly pathogenic avian influenza, which is a deadly virus for poultry that has impacted 48 states over the past two years. It is important to keep flocks free of this virus, Strubberg emphasized. For biosecurity tips regarding the prevention of this disease, visit Agriculture.Mo.Gov/Avian-Influenza.php.

Whether you are building your first coop or are a seasoned backyard poultry owner, you should know the risks of keeping poultry and the simple things you can do to stay safe. Beyond avian influenza, poultry often carry other harmful germs that can cause a variety of illnesses, ranging from minor skin infections to serious diseases. USDA’s Defend the Flock program offers free tools and resources to help anyone who works with or handles poultry follow proper biosecurity practices. Learn more at

Among recommended practices are:
• Keep visitors to a minimum. Only allow people who take care of your poultry to come in contact with your birds, and make sure they follow biosecurity principles.
• Wash your hands before and after coming in contact with live poultry. In addition to potentially spreading disease, you can also spread germs such as salmonella that can impact human health.
• Clean and disinfect tools or equipment before moving them to a new poultry facility, including egg flats and cases that have come in contact with birds or their droppings.
• Know the warning signs of infectious bird diseases and don’t wait to report them. Call your local veterinarian, extension service or state veterinarian.

More resources are also available from the Center for Disease Control under the “Backyard Poultry” section at

Check out the full April 2024 Issue of Today's Farmer magazine.

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Becker returns to MFA in new role as director

ThadThad Becker is a new director at MFA Incorporated.The newest member of MFA Incorporated’s Board of Directors is a familiar face to many MFA members, customers and employees.

Thad Becker of Mexico, Mo., will represent District 7, replacing Jimmy Reading of Curryville, whose term ended in March. Becker was elected during

MFA’s district delegate meeting held March 4 in Moberly. He’s been a member of MFA since 2014 and worked for MFA Incorporated’s Agronomy Division for 21 years before leaving to farm full time in 2022. He and his family raise 1,800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. Becker and his wife, Kellar, have three children, Gus, Hank and Miriam.

“I’ve been very lucky to be involved in MFA throughout my entire life and made many good friends during my time there,” Becker said. “I want to continue to serve MFA and help drive how the company develops over the next few years. As a board member, I’ll be happy to discuss concerns and ideas from farmers in my district and help communicate that to the management team.”

Tim Brand of Glasgow, Davin Althoff of California, Gerald Eggerman of South Greenfield and Steve Stone of Galena were also re-elected to their positions in Districts 6, 9, 11 and 12, respectively. Members of the corporate board are eligible to serve three-year terms and are limited to four consecutive terms.

In addition to elections, the March meetings in each of MFA’s 14 districts gave farmer-owners a chance to learn about the cooperative’s financial progress, learn about the new MFA Connect portal, hear from management and operating divisions and get updates from their regions.

Check out the full April 2024 Issue of Today's Farmer magazine.

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