Statement by Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau, Regarding Trans-Pacific Partnership
Missouri Farm Bureau congratulates U.S. Trade Representative Froman and Chief Agricultural Negotiator Vetter for wrapping up negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Missouri Shoppers Pay More for Food in 3rd Quarter
Missouri shoppers paid a little more for selected food items than they did six months ago, according to the results of the third quarter Marketbasket survey conducted by Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB). The 16 items totaled $48.96 compared to $47.45 at the end of the first quarter for an increase of $1.51. Year over year, the price was lower than last year’s cost of $51.13, saving shoppers $2.17.
Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Donates $250,000 to the Saint Louis Science Center
Missouri farmers are helping tell the story of agriculture through a new exhibit at the Saint Louis Science Center. The Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation for Agriculture presented a check for $250,000 to the Science Center on September 11, 2015, for use in developing the new exhibit set to open in the summer of 2016. The gift is the largest ever from the Foundation for Agriculture — a sign of MFB’s ongoing commitment to telling the story of modern agriculture in an innovative and factual way.
Statement by Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau, Regarding a Federal Court Blocking EPA's Waters of the United States Rule
Farmers in twelve states received a temporary reprieve from The Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule yesterday, when a Federal District Court Judge in North Dakota granted an injunction against the rule.
New Maps Raise Alarms about EPA Control of Missouri Land
A new interactive map of Missouri released today by the Missouri Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation at the Missouri State Fair shows how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will radically expand its jurisdiction over land use if its controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule takes effect as expected August 28. That expansion comes even as major parts of the rule remain largely incomprehensible to experts and laypeople, alike.
Fall Flavor Favorite
This time of year means different things to different people. For most farmers, it means harvest, a time when others have the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labor. But for some, it’s the changing of the leaves that signals the onset of autumn. For others, it’s the smell of a wood burning stove lingering in the air. For still others, it’s the arrival of two little words: pumpkin spice.
Why Tour Farms?
On any given day in the small community of Garden City, Mo., you will find a retail meat shop busy during the lunch hour serving up delicious meats to local farmers, residents and those passing through town. You will probably also see the Garden City chief of police there enjoying his lunch.
The Big Picture of Locally Grown
It’s a late crop this year, and farmers are finally busy harvesting corn and soybeans. The roads will be filled with farm trucks carrying grain from fields to grain bins. Some grain will be shipped out and fed to livestock. Some will end up at food processing plants. And, some will be turned into fuel. Whether that happens in the U.S. or overseas all depends on who buys the commodities on the open market.
Bring the Kids
It’s annual meeting season for Missouri Farm Bureau, as almost every county in the state will gather sometime in August or September to do the business of the county Farm Bureau. As I attend the meetings, I’m always reminded that we’ve been doing this for 100 years. The best part of the meetings is always the food. Iced tea, pulled pork or fried chicken, and if you are lucky, desserts prepared by the local church ladies.
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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