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Whitney Wiegel has been the Agricultural Business Specialist for the Lafayette County University of Missouri Extension Office for five years, but is stepping down to take a position with an Ag based business in Nebraska. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Mr. Wiegel.

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Whitney Wiegel recounts the things he enjoyed most during his time with the extension.

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“Well I really appreciate getting to know the people of Lafayette County and the surrounding counties, including Carroll County, Saline County and Ray County, just really great people here, have been great to work with,” Wiegel said.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know, especially the farmers, and helping them with their educational needs and other resources that they might be able to access through the University.”

Wiegel also described some of the changes he has seen in modern farming.

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“I think every year we are seeing more and more precision agricultural technologies. More and more farmers are adopting auto-steer technology, variable rate fertilizer and seeding application tools,” Wiegel explained.

“Also, I’ve seen a change in land ownership and the way that land is rented. There have been quite a few farms that have transitioned from one generation to the next, in terms of management, leases associated with that land and also incorporating some variable cash rents into leases as well.”

You are invited to say farewell to Mr. Wiegel during an informal reception Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the University extension Office at 14 East 19th Street, Higginsville, Mo.

Learn more about the University of Missouri Extension Offices and what they offer at the Extension website.