Missouri Picnics Cost More This Year
As shoppers plan menus for summer outings, they will find food needed to feed a gathering of 10 people will cost a little more overall this year than last, but significantly less than the national average.
Statement by Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau, Regarding the Missouri Public Service Commission Decision on Grain Belt Express
Farm Bureau is extremely pleased with the action the Public Service Commission took today denying Clean Line Energy’s request to build a transmission line across northern Missouri.
Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Amendment #1 Election Results, Statement from Blake Hurst President of Missouri Farm Bureau
We are pleased the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding the election results for Amendment #1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, approved last August.
Statement by Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau, Regarding Today's Announcement of Koster's Lawsuit against EPA
We applaud Attorney General Koster for filing this lawsuit against EPA and hope the courts will act quickly to halt implementation of the WOTUS rule as the issue works its way through the legal system.
Statement by Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau, Regarding Passage of Trade Promotion Authority
Farm Bureau is pleased the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed Trade Promotion Authority.
Keeping up with the Times: Expanding Broadband Access to Rural America
The digital economy is rapidly growing, and farmers and ranchers who can’t keep up are being left in the dust.
Time Well Spent
Leave it to the evening news to parent-shame me for allowing my children to use modern technologies. Apparently, kids today spend as many as 11 hours a day in front of an electronic screen of some sort, according to a recent broadcast. Televisions, computers, tablets and cellphones are the culprits destroying attention spans, social communication skills, physical activity and family relationships. When I was a kid, we didn’t have too many screens. We had one — a color television with four stations — and competing with Dad to watch something other than “Hee Haw” was doom, despair and agony.
Behind the Wheel
Driving down the interstate at 65 miles per hour, I am passed by a string of motorists in an assortment of autos: rusted Oldsmobiles, svelte BMWs and practical pickup trucks. Out of the corner of my eye, I glimpse an American classic in the other lane — a candy-apple red ’57 Chevy. From the confines of my sensible, modern, mid-size sedan, the Chevy is easy to admire. The car conjures up images of Americana — drive-in theaters, Route 66 and the perennial freedom of four wheels. However, if I were to look beyond the car’s sleek exterior and glossy paint job and sit in the driver’s seat, I would discover a host of inconveniences.
Window Seats are Wonderful, but...
Every time I travel by plane, I want a window seat. It is the best seat. No one is elbowing me or bumping my arm as they pass. Plus, I have one of the best views from the plane. Below the clouds, a patchwork quilt of crop fields unfolds as if strewn across a bed. Fields rippled with rivers and hollers, ravines and tree clusters are a creation to behold, a revelation of today’s agriculture.
Succulent Summertime Peaches Succulent Summertime Peaches
Bite into a fresh peach from Dierbergs, Hen House Market or Hy-Vee, and you might be enjoying the literal fruits of Bill Bader’s labor. Bader owns and operates Bader Farms, Inc., a diversified operation near Campbell, Mo., the state’s self-proclaimed peach capital and home to the annual Missouri Peach Fair.
Filling the Gap Filling the Gap
For decades farmers have explored opportunities in local food markets, from farmers’ markets and CSAs to one of the newest approaches, food hubs. Filling that local gap has been a mainstay for farms serving farmers’ markets and CSAs, but many are re-evaluating aspects of their business plan to find ways to work smarter.
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.


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