A new state law in Missouri has drawn battle lines between state and local government.  At issue is:  who has the final say in what large farms can and cannot do? 

Bill SB391, which will become law on August 28th, 2019, restricts how much control county governments have when it comes to industrial farms known as Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs. Essentially, county governments can no longer enforce stricter measures than the state’s rules when it comes to regulating these farms.

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A University of Missouri Extension specialist found an unusual pest when she was scouting a wheat field earlier this month. KSMU’s Megan Burke reports.

Jill Scheidt is an agronomy specialist for the extension office in Lamar, Missouri. She often scouts fields in Barton County and surrounding counties.

The pest she found is the Winter Grain mite. That's a small, black insect with red legs. It can be identified using a hand lens to spot an anal pore that looks like a small water droplet on the mite's abdomen. Scheidt found the mites in multiple fields, she said.

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A webinar series that began Wednesday focuses on drone use in agriculture.  According to a University of Missouri Extension specialist, it’s estimated that, once regulations on drones are finalized by the federal government, about 80 percent of their use will be in the agricultural field.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

The series is being presented through eXtension, a collaboration of all land grant universities in the United States, and by the Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Agriculture Learning Network.