Three-night MU Extension regional hay school to be held online via Zoom

University of Missouri Extension, the Missouri Small Business Development Center for Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and NRCS+MU Grasslands Project are working together to provide an online three-night hay school to farmers on proper hay production and how to capture value on their investment. 

“The Southwest Missouri forage and livestock industry depends on proper hay production,” says Regional MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist Patrick Davis. “Our upcoming online course will provide Southwest Missouri farmers with hay production expertise fit for their operation.”   

The Online Regional Hay School will be provided to participants via ZOOM and begins at 6:00 p. m. on the evenings of March 30th, April 1st and 6th.  MU Extension Agriculture Specialists will educate the public on topics of:

  • How and when to produce quality hay
  • Hay production economics and COVID-19 considerations 
  • The agronomic impact on the soil
  • Cattle nutrition and hay feeding  

The program is provided at no cost to you, but in order to receive the ZOOM link and attend, you need to register online at by March 29th.

For all other questions contact Patrick Davis at (417) 955-0287 or by email at 


The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a workshop on March 23, 2021 and the state’s investor-owned natural gas utilities (Liberty Utilities, Ameren Missouri, Spire Missouri, Inc. and Summit Natural Gas) are to present information related to potential consequences and options to mitigate the impact of the February 2021 extreme cold weather event.

The workshop is part of an investigatory docket opened by the Commission regarding the February 2021 cold weather event. At the workshop, each natural gas utility is to be prepared to discuss the following:

• What are possible solutions to rules and tariff language that may impede financial relief for the utility and its customers? This could include discussion of the potential extreme prices on PGA/ACA.

• What magnitude of a price increase could result? Could the period of recovery be extended? Would another mechanism such as an Accounting Authority Order (AAO) need to be available?

• Did the gas utility issue operational flow orders (OFOs) lead to penalties to customers? If so, what solutions may need to be considered if tariff language restrictions create extreme hardships for customers? Did the gas utility curtail customers and what impact did that have on the utility system? How did the utility work with its customers during the weather event?

Each investor-owned natural gas utility is to appear via WebEx at 11:00 a.m. on March 23, 2021. The workshop will be held by video and teleconference via WebEx. Any comments to the natural gas utility presentations on March 23, 2021 may be filed in writing no later than April 8, 2021.

In February, the Commission opened an investigatory docket directing its Regulatory Analysis and Customer Experience Departments, with assistance as needed from other departments within its Industry Analysis and Financial and Business Analysis Divisions, to investigate Missouri’s electrical and natural gas utilities’ preparation for and response to Missouri’s February 2021 extreme cold. A report with initial findings is to be filed no later than April 22, 2021.

Vernon County Route BB Bridge Over Moore Branch South of Nevada CLOSED Beginning Week of March 22

The Vernon County Route BB bridge over Moore Branch south of Nevada will be CLOSED for up to 90 days beginning the week of March 22, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. Contractor crews will replace the old bridge with a new structure as well as installing new guardrail at the ends of the bridge. Traffic impacts: All lanes of Route BB CLOSED over Moore Branch for up to 90 days Drivers will be able to access entrances on either side of the bridge, but will not be able to travel through the work zone No signed detour Drivers urged to find alternate routes around work zone Signs and message boards will alert drivers approaching the work zone

Press Release from Bates County Coroner

This press release is issued from the desk of the Bates County Coroner, Greg Mullinax

The deceased individual found in the structure fire early in the morning of March 3, 2021 west of Adrian, Missouri is positively identified as Tonia R. Hart, 57 of Adrian. Identification procedures were completed earlier in the week, but time was given for notification of family members, and I appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Cause of death information is at this time incomplete, and I will provide those updates as they are finalized.