Missouri Food Prices Shift in 1st Quarter
The American Farm Bureau recently released the results of its first quarter Marketbasket Survey in which 16 common food items are price checked. Nationwide the items totaled $53.87 while Missouri’s average price for the same items was $47.45, netting a savings of $6.42.
Important Agriculture Legislation Signed by Governor Nixon
Gov. Jay Nixon signed two important pieces of agriculture legislation into law today at a family dairy farm near Purdy, Mo. SB 12, the Ag Omnibus bill, and HB 259, the Dairy Revitalization Act, will enhance the ability for Missouri farms to be more efficient and productive. Both bills have been priority legislation for Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) during the 2015 legislative session.
Farm Bureau Testifies for Agriculture Omnibus Bill
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst testified before the State Senate Agriculture Committee today in support of the SB 12, the Agriculture Omnibus Bill. The farmer from Westboro said the legislation overall will provide stability and flexibility to Missouri agriculture.
Martin & Stanton Named Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors Martin & Stanton Named Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors
A panel of judges selected Miriam Martin, of Bucklin, and Dustin Stanton, of Centralia, as 2015 Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors during the organization’s 100th annual meeting Dec. 7 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Riekhofs Win Achievement Award
Garrett and Cara Riekhof, of Higginsville, won the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award during the organization’s 100th annual meeting December 9 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The Legislature and Governor Should Support Fuel Tax Increase
Time is drawing short this legislative session for the Missouri General Assembly to approve a desperately needed increase in highway and bridge funding. A 2-cent increase in the state fuel tax is a small step in the right direction to help address our state’s serious road and bridge needs. The legislature and the governor should act now.
Differing Definitions
For the last few weeks I have been immersed in local food — defining the term, meeting farmers who grow food for consumers who want “local food” and discovering ways Missouri farmers are evolving to meet demand. More and more are discovering new markets for the food they grow and new ways to grow their farms.
Boots on the Ground
They know we’re coming. Hearings are in full swing. Appropriations requests are due. Budget discussions are heating up. Congressional lawmakers are especially busy this time of year — and that’s the perfect time for farmers and ranchers to descend upon Washington, D.C. Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) puts boots on the ground for a few days every spring so legislators can hear directly from people whose lives are affected, both directly and indirectly, by the decisions they make.
Chocolate and Hard-Boiled Eggs
As my kids have grown older, the Easter bunny has been making fewer dramatic appearances. The holiday celebrations that once included egg hunts, stuffed animals, sand toys and candy have become all about Nerds and chocolate with no pretense.
Change to Rock Island Line Under Review Change to Rock Island Line Under Review
Pending authorization by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB), the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Missouri Central Railroad Company, owned by Ameren, plan to enter into negotiations to convert the Rock Island rail line between Windsor and Beaufort into a recreational trail.
Growing as a Family Growing as a Family
The hundreds of families who purchase fruit and vegetables from Buckeye Acres see proof the family farm is alive and well when they meet owners Buck and Heather Counts.
Beyond the Hype Beyond the Hype
Navigating the aisles at the grocery store is something most, if not all, of us have done many times. Product packaging beckons “buy me” in the best ways marketers can muster in the seconds-long interval they have to catch a shopper’s attention. Packaging touts “all natural,” “organic,” “free-range,” “hormone-free” and more in the quest to appeal to consumers’ emotion, ethics and pocketbook.

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