Farm Field

Funding available to farmers interested in installing edge-of-field monitoring stations

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is making $2 million available to interested farmers to help install voluntary edge-of-field monitoring stations on agricultural land in five states, including Missouri.  “Edge-of-field water quality monitoring provides quantifiable data that supports voluntary-based conservation efforts aimed at reducing the movement of sediment and nutrients off Missouri farms,” State Conservationist […]

For Rent Sign in Yard

Missouri suffers major shortage of affordable housing

Missouri’s low-income housing crunch shows no sign of abating, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  Researchers found that there are almost 196,000 low-income households in Missouri, but there are just under 83,000 affordable rental homes. So about 113,000 are forced to pay way more than they can afford just to […]

Cow grazing in pasture

Improving cattle grazing fescue pastures with legumes

Cattle producers see more profit when they add legumes to fescue pastures and manage grazing systems properly, says Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist. Fescue remains the hardy mainstay of southwestern Missouri pastures. Adding legumes gives fescue fields more nutritional punch and profit, Davis says.  Proper management is key to making grasses and […]

Grundy County crop progress report shows little change

Grundy County’s crop progress report indicates topsoil moisture supplies have improved, however, recent rains did little to replenish the subsoil moisture. The latest report released Monday shows topsoil moisture at 60 percent short to very short which compares to 90 percent short to very short in a previous report. 40 percent of the topsoil moisture […]

Town Hall

What’s next after Proposition A defeat?

Local and state leaders will join citizens groups and unions today to establish ways to build on the momentum gained after the defeat of Proposition A.  A town hall meeting at Oppenstein Brothers Park in Kansas City will discuss how to increase wages to at least $15 an hour for low-wage workers. Jessica Podhola, director […]