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.
Who's Driving
Complaining about Dad’s choice of radio stations was a common occurrence growing up. From the backseat of our Ford Crown Victoria, my siblings and I grumbled about his oldies music and let him know our preferred stations. It really didn’t matter though. As long as he was driving, he chose the music and would take our suggestions under advisement (or simply tune us out).
Proper Road Etiquette
When our kids learn to drive, part of their instruction in today’s world of connectedness includes appropriate times to text and call. One moment of distracted driving could mean a lifetime of regret. As rural citizens, we also make a point to include proper road etiquette when approaching a piece of farm machinery — do not crowd, tailgate or otherwise rush a tractor driver.
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.
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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