COLUMBIA, Mo. – Learn how to increase hay production and reduce disease and waste at the annual Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture conference Nov. 7-8 at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Columbia.

University of Missouri Extension specialists Amie Schleicher and Valerie Tate will give tips on how to improve profits by reducing fescue toxicosis. They’ll also show useful tools to monitor forage production, assess pasture condition and deal with common problems such as thin stands, weeds, insects and diseases. They’ll talk about ways to reduce hay waste and use information from hay tests.

The conference also covers beef, swine, cattle and small ruminant production topics. Classroom discussions, networking opportunities and hands-on breakout sessions provide female farmers an opportunity to update skills. Topics range from self-care to estate planning.

The first day of the conference features a keynote address by journalist Tyne Morgan of AgDay and U.S. Farm Report.

The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and MU Extension sponsor the annual event.

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