USDA to authorize up to $12 billion in programs to assist farmers impacted by tariffs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals […]

Grain Belt Express

Grain Belt Express sent back to State Public Service Commission by Missouri Supreme Court

The Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a proposed energy transmission project through northern Missouri, got new life Tuesday following a ruling by the state’s highest court. The Grain Belt Express Clean Line, if built, would carry energy from Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, running through several counties including Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll, and Chariton within […]

Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director of Chillicothe Chamber joins Leadership Missouri program

Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Crystal Narr has joined the 28th Annual Leadership Missouri program. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry offers the program which consists of seven monthly, two-day sessions held in different regions of the state in order for participants to network with the state’s top government, business, and non-profit […]

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Nestle plant in Trenton to remain unionized

The industrial revenue bonds agreement between the city of Trenton and Nestle USA calls for Nestle to maintain employment of 135 to 150 employees when they assume operations from ConAgra the first of June. The agreement was negotiated with the assistance of the local economic development group, the North Central Missouri Development Alliance, and consultant Phil […]


Advantages of lake in Sullivan County to be topic of public meeting in Brookfield

The Ady Advantage Economic Development consulting group will roll out a plan next week that will focus on 10 counties that would most likely benefit from the development of the Sullivan County Lake. The public is invited to attend the presentation of the plan in the conference center of the Brookfield Area Career Center behind […]

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Audio: Public comment period continues on issuance of industrial revenue bonds to Nestle

The public comment period continues this week regarding intentions by the city of Trenton to issue industrial revenue bonds to assist Nestle USA in its announced purchase of a building and equipment at the ConAgra plant in Trenton. Phil Tate of Gallatin serves as a consultant on behalf of the North Central Missouri Development Alliance, […]

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Audio: Missouri House approves a $28 billion state operating budget

A 28-billion dollar state budget that provides record funding for K-12 education has been approved by the Missouri House. Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick tells the Capitol Press Corps protecting those with developmental disabilities is one of his top priorities.     Fitzpatrick says lawmakers are working within the confines of state revenue and the […]

Grocery Shelves

Missouri food prices stable in latest survey

Missourians paid slightly more during the first quarter of 2018 for 16 food items according to the latest Missouri Farm Bureau Marketbasket survey. Prices collected are part of a national comparison coordinated by the American Farm Bureau Federation.  Items surveyed include ground chuck, sirloin tip roast, bacon, deli ham, chicken breasts, eggs, milk, cheese, apples, potatoes, orange juice, salad mix, […]

Senator Roy Blunt

Audio: Blunt defends GOP tax plan, Senate’s effort to address sexual harassment on national TV

Missouri’s Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday, where he mentioned legislation to change the chamber’s rules on sexual harassment. The measure requires anti-harassment training for senators, staff, and interns of the Senate. Blunt said it changes rules from decades ago that seem to punish women who report sexual harassment. […]

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Producers encouraged to attend sessions, offer input to address current challenges in the farm economy

The Missouri Department of Agriculture and University of Missouri Extension will offer a series of listening sessions in July that will address current challenges in the farm economy. Sessions will take place in seven locations across the state. “Life as a farmer is never boring, that we know for certain,” Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce […]

Fall Turkey Hunting Season

Spring turkey season ends with 44,187 birds harvested in Missouri

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that turkey hunters checked 44,187 birds during Missouri’s 2016 regular spring turkey season April 18 through May 8. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 961 birds checked, St. Clair with 878, and Texas with 861. Young turkey hunters harvested 4,167 birds during the 2016 spring youth […]