Missouri Farm Bureau Supports Amendment #7
Missouri Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, announced today their support for Constitutional Amendment #7, the proposed transportation sales tax that will appear on the August 5 primary ballot.
Statement from Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst Concerning EPA Administrator's Visit
We welcome EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner to Missouri. It should be helpful when our public officials leave Washington D.C. to visit with the people whose lives are changed by their decisions. It should be helpful, but it isn’t always.
Attorney General Koster Endorses Amendment #1
Accompanied by representatives of Missouri’s major agricultural organizations, Attorney General Chris Koster today announced his support for Constitutional Amendment #1, also known as the “Right to Farm” amendment.
Agritourism to be Highlighted at Conference
Missourians have the opportunity to learn more about agritourism and agribusiness at the second annual Missouri Agritourism Conference.The conference will be July 13-15, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the Kansas City International Airport. Sponsors of the conference are Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s AgriMissouri program.
How to Prevent Losing 1,000 Missouri Family Farms
China is farming 5 percent of the Ukraine and has farming interests in Australia, the U.S., Tanzania, Senegal, Russia and Zambia. They may own as much as 12 million acres worldwide, and Chinese firms are farming over 20 million acres outside of China. Why? Because China has 20 percent of the world's population, but only 9 percent of the world's land suitable for farming. Not only that, but people involved in the rapidly growing U.S. agriculture data industry, who are building databases made up of yield reports and soil surveys from American farms, report that Chinese agricultural firms are the best customers for that data.
Will Public Research Keep up with Demands on Agriculture?
Opportunities, challenges and visibility for how agriculture will meet future needs for food, fiber and energy are greater than ever, yet public funding for ag research may not be keeping up.
Farmers Need Your Support
City councils in Cleveland, Alexandria (Virginia) and Chicago have all recently passed resolutions banning the administration of antibiotics to farm animals, unless they’re sick — the animals, not the city councils. City councils pass resolutions all the time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if each of these distinguished groups has opinions on football team names, investments in the Middle East and global warming as well. It’s much easier to pass resolutions than it is to actually govern. Perhaps when Chicago’s murder rate is lower than rural Missouri’s, when their pension plan is fully funded and when the potholes are fixed, then we might have some interest in their thoughts on the food supply.
Fire up the Grill!
Hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs — come and get it! Summer is in full swing. Families and friends gather to share food and fellowship. From class and family reunions to community events, outdoor meals are a tradition of the season.
Watching Tomatoes Grow Watching Tomatoes Grow
On Sunday mornings, it’s quiet on my back porch. Last weekend, coffee in hand, I sat and watched my tomatoes grow. My cell phone is a constant companion, and I snapped a shot to post on Instagram. Sometimes the drone of “voices,” the electronic clamoring for my attention, can get overwhelming, so I put the phone down. It was uncomfortable in the quiet, at first. But as I looked at my tomatoes, I smiled, hopeful that they will do well this season.
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.
A Healthy Balance A Healthy Balance
Cara Riekhof is a busy mom. She is no different from millions of other grocery shoppers who want healthy food choices on a budget. Although her family has cows and raises calves, she buys her meat at the grocery store. When it comes to food safety and the use of antibiotics in livestock, Riekhof understands both sides of the grocery cart. She and other consumers want to know more about antibiotic use in livestock grown for food.
Going to the Birds Going to the Birds
Dennis and Sue Feezor never expected to raise turkeys. He grew up on a farm in Mississippi County and she came from Chicago. Their paths crossed, taking them far from either place.

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