Show-Me Ag airs the third Thursday at 8:30 p.m. with a rebroadcast on the following Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
April 17 at 8:30 p.m.
Once relegated to status of pets or hobbies, some producers of sheep and goats are becoming commercial producers with decent returns and strong markets. It’s not easy but there is plenty of help from Lincoln University and MU specialists eager to help producers make a go of it. Joining us in the studio are two of these specialists, Susan Jaster of Lincoln University and Nathanial Cahill of MU Extension.
We also speak to Susie and Jim Hallar of Holden, MO and Steve Iles of Lexington. These lamb and chevon producers have years of experience and are eager to share what they’ve learned with new producers.
March 20 at 8:30 p.m and and March 23 at 6:30 p.m.
According to the official website, Attorney General Koster announced on March 6 that five states have joined Missouri in its suit against the state of California, alleging that California is unconstitutionally attempting to regulate farming practices beyond its borders. The states joining Missouri's suit are Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Iowa - the largest producer of eggs in the United States. Together with Missouri, these states produce more than 20 billion eggs per year, 10% of which are sold to California consumers.
In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that, beginning in 2015, regulates the size of the enclosures housing egg-laying hens. To avoid any potential competitive disadvantage to California's egg producers, the California State Assembly passed legislation (AB1437) in 2010 requiring egg producers in other states to comply with Proposition 2 in order to sell eggs in California.
The six states are asking the federal court to rule that California's legislation violates the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. The Commerce Clause prohibits any state from enacting legislation that regulates conduct wholly outside its borders, protects its own citizens from out-of-state competition, or places undue burdens on interstate commerce.
About your host
Kyle (right, with Smiley) is a farmer in Vernon County, Missouri, who's farm is a diversified grain and livestock family operation. He received a B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, helped organize the Missouri Farmers Union, served as chairman of the Missouri Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Committee and went on to serve eight years as Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.