Unemployment

Missouri’s unemployment rate in October up slightly compared to 2019

The Missouri labor market showed mixed results in October 2020. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 6,400 jobs over the month, but over-the-year job losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic remained stubbornly high. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points from September 2020 to October 2020, but the civilian labor force decreased […]

CAFO

Public hearing for CAFO health permit in Livingston County canceled

A public hearing has been canceled regarding a health permit application for a concentrated animal feeding operation in the northern part of Livingston County. The Livingston County Commission was scheduled to hold the hearing Tuesday, September 15th. The County Clerk’s Office reports the applicant, United Hog Systems, LLC, withdrew its application, and there is no […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson announces $1M grant to Urban League of St. Louis to expand violent crime de-escalation program

Governor Mike Parson announced a $1 million grant to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. for the expansion of the Serving Our Streets Initiative. This initiative drives at the heart of violent crime in St. Louis by focusing on community outreach and direct engagement with citizens in the highest crime and poverty areas. […]

Share The Harvest

Missouri Department of Conservation offering CWD sampling; encourages Share the Harvest

With deer hunting in Missouri opening for archery season on Sept. 15 and for firearms portions in the coming months, the Missouri Department of Conservation wants hunters, landowners, and others to know key information about chronic wasting disease (CWD) and the Department’s related efforts to limit the spread of CWD in Missouri deer by finding […]

CAFO

Livingston County Commission to hold public hearing on health permit application for CAFO

The date, time, and location have been announced for Livingston County to hold a public hearing regarding the health permit application for a CAFO, or concentrated animal feeding operation, in the rural northern part of the county. The applicant for the proposed sow farm is United Hog Systems LLC. A copy of the application is […]

CAFO

Missouri Supreme Court affirms Clean Water Commission’s decision approving CAFO in Grundy County

The Supreme Court of Missouri affirmed Tuesday, June 16th a Clean Water Commission decision approving a concentrated animal feeding operation in Grundy County. Hickory Neighbors United, Incorporated appealed a water commission decision affirming the Department of Natural Resources’ permit issuance to Trenton Farms RE, LLC. Court documents say Hickory Farms asserted that a House bill […]

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

DNR temporarily suspends certain regulatory requirements for animal feeding operations

To help mitigate some of the unexpected operational challenges created by the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has temporarily suspended through May 15 certain provisions of its rule governing animal feeding operations in the state, including concentrated animal feeding operations. The Governor’s Office has temporarily suspended Subsection 2 of Section […]

CAFO

Audio: Missouri Supreme Court hears case involving Grundy County CAFO

The state Supreme Court has heard oral arguments this week in Jefferson City involving a proposed concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in northwest Missouri’s Grundy County. Trenton Farms wants to build a swine operation, which is opposed by a group called “Hickory Neighbors United.” Hickory attorney Stephen Jeffery tells the court that a 2016 state […]

Two hunters dragging deer carcass

Missouri Department of Conservation has new rules for deer carcasses in ongoing fight against CWD

Starting in 2020, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has added additional regulations to the Wildlife Code of Missouri as part of its ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the deadly deer disease called Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The new regulations change the requirements for transporting deer carcasses into Missouri and throughout the state […]

Audio: Judge temporarily blocks Missouri’s CAFO law from taking effect

A judge has temporarily blocked implementation of Missouri’s Senate Bill 391 that was to take effect in a week. It prohibits counties from passing ordinances stricter than state laws governing concentrated animal feeding operations – CAFOs. Two county boards (Cooper and Cedar), two property owners and the nonprofit Friends of Responsible Agriculture requested the stay […]