MARYVILLE, Mo. — Nodaway County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting on Tuesday night at Mozingo Lake Conference Center. The guest speaker was Scott Brown from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

The group also elected officers, awarded scholarships and featured a Missouri Farm Bureau grant winner at the meeting.

North Nodaway High School senior Cheyenne Murphy and Northeast Nodaway High School senior Chet Spire each were winners of a $1,000 scholarship from Nodaway County Farm Bureau.

Murphy plans to study accounting at Northwest Missouri State University. She is the daughter of Kami Murphy of Hopkins.

Spire also plans to attend Northwest, where he will study wildlife biology. He is the son of Ronald and Pam Spire of Parnell.

Jefferson C-123 agriculture instructor Jackie Carlson was the recipient of a total of $1,000 in grant monies to use toward a group project involving agriculture students at her school. Of the award, $500 will come from Missouri Farm Bureau and Nodaway County Farm Bureau will match with $500 of its own.

Featured speaker Brown is an associate extension professor in the Division of Applied Sciences and the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

Brown talked about trends in the agriculture industry, including factors affecting prices for corn, soybeans, milk, wheat, beef, pork and poultry; the effects of tariffs on United States exports to countries like China and Japan and how U.S. policy on foreign imports will continue to play a vital role.

He noted that farm income, although appearing to be higher on paper in 2019 than 2018 because of disaster relief and Market Facilitation Program payments, has remained flat and without what he called “major wildcard events,” such as trade, disease and weather, could continue to move sideways. 

“Financial stress is showing, but it appears to be in limited scope for now,” Brown said.

He stressed the importance of risk management and cost-efficient resource use for individual producers and said that increased foreign demand will be crucial to long-term price strength, as well as U.S. economic growth in order meet that demand.

The Farm Bureau elected a new slate of officers for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Terry Eckert, who has served as the group’s president for 10 years handed the gavel over to incoming president Chad McCollough.

Also elected were Vice President Bob Stiens, Secretary Joseph Frueh and Treasurer Andrew Lance.

The remaining board members are Mike Rosenbohm, Gary Hull, Benny Farrell, Richard Groves, Jason Hull and Mary Beth Shipps. 

Office personnel are insurance agent Kent Yount, customer service representative Catherine Gast, sales associate Linda Campbell, regional sales manager Dave Broermann, regional coordinator Meredith Lange and District No. 1 representative Jason Kurz.

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