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Advocates say Build Back Better Act could improve health outcomes for Missouri children

Health advocates are pressing the U.S. Senate to pass the Build Back Better Act after it passed the House last month. The bill would improve Medicaid and CHIP, the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, by offering 12 months of continuous coverage to children who qualify and making federal CHIP funding permanent. Casey Hanson, director of outreach and […]

Mercer County Area Development Corporation receives grant

Mercer County Area Development Corporation receives grant

The MFA Oil Foundation has awarded a grant to the Mercer County Area Development Corporation to assist with purchasing electricity, lighting, and signage for the bandstand area. The MFA Oil Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees. Since it […]

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Groups identify barriers to rental assistance in Missouri

Groups working to keep Missouri residents in their homes since the pandemic began are trying to identify the barriers to receiving emergency rental assistance. As of September, the state had given less than 20% of the funds it was allocated from the American Rescue Plan, despite many Missouri renters facing financial hardships and eviction notices. Katherine Fenerson, […]

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USDA awards funds to 13 organizations to create livable communities attracting people and jobs

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small announced that USDA is awarding $3 million in cooperative agreements to 13 organizations. These organizations will provide technical assistance to people living in rural and Tribal communities so they can apply for and access government resources for projects that will attract jobs and […]

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2021 Farm Service Agency county committee elections underway

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin mailing ballots this week for the Farm Service Agency county and urban county committee elections to all eligible agricultural producers and private landowners across the country. Elections are occurring in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these committee members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs […]

Grundy County United Way seeks donations

Audio: United Way is a diverse organization serving your community in ways you probably didn’t know about

The United Way of Grundy County supports 10 organizations in the area through fundraising. Spokesperson Edna Foster says the local United Way organizations share a view that the way to improve lives is by mobilizing the caring power of communities.     When monetary donations are given to the United Way of Grundy County, they […]

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Governor Parson to speak at MU Extension Workforce Summit

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will speak at the Oct. 26 University of Missouri Extension Workforce Summit in Ashland. The summit will highlight Ashland’s Central Missouri Workforce Development Center, a community-led initiative designed to create a pipeline of skilled workers for the area. Parson will be introduced by MU Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Marshall […]

Missouri Corn Merchandising Council officers 2021

New Missouri corn officers announced for 2021-2022

With the start of a new fiscal year, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) and the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced a new slate of officers, the appointment of recently elected board members, and national committee assignments.  The election of the 2021-22 MCMC officer team took place during an August board meeting held in […]

Cole County 4-H’er Eileen Shafer won first place for Technology Assisted Speaking in the senior age division at the 2021 State 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Missouri 4-H’ers compete at state public speaking contest

Missouri 4-H youths gathered on Sept. 25 on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia for the annual State 4-H Public Speaking Contest. The contest is one of Missouri 4-H’s oldest and most popular traditions, said Samantha Brandeberry, MU Extension state 4-H educator. This year, 39 young people representing 20 counties competed in several speaking […]

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Doctor Maureen Weber receives Service Excellence Champion Program Award

A hospitalist at Wright Memorial Hospital of Trenton and Hedrick Medical Center of Chillicothe received the Saint Luke’s Physician Group Service Excellence Champion Program Award. Doctor Maureen Weber was chosen for the award based on how she communicates with her patients and family members. The Service Excellence Champion Program recognizes Saint Luke’s Physician Group employees, […]

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Mosaic Life Care Foundation announces 2022 scholarship recipients

Mosaic Life Care Foundation has announced the 2022 Nursing Fellowship and Lowell C. Kruse Healthy Choices. Healthy Lives. Scholarship recipients. Five students are 2022 Nursing Fellowship recipients and will each be awarded $10,000. This year’s recipients were chosen from applicants currently enrolled in nursing programs throughout the Mosaic Life Care service region. The Nursing Fellowship […]

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Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri sets annual Leadership Breakfast for October 1

The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri, Inc. announces its annual Leadership Breakfast. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2021, at 8:30 am at the M.W. Jenkins Expo Center in Chillicothe, Missouri. The guest speaker will be Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement, University of Missouri, and Chief Engagement Officer, UM System. […]

Creating Entrepreneurial Communities Conference

Creating Entrepreneurial Communities Conference set for September 29-30

How can small towns and rural areas promote entrepreneurship to drive economic growth and revitalize their communities? University of Missouri Extension and partners in the Hannibal area will explore that question at the first Creating Entrepreneurial Communities Conference, Sept. 29-30 in downtown Hannibal. The two-day conference is open to anyone interested in learning more about […]

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Summer nutrition program includes meals for kids to try on their own

More than 200,000 Missouri kids are facing food insecurity, according to the Missouri Kids Count 2021 Data Book. Today is the last day of a summer nutrition program in Cole and Osage counties, which has provided weekly meal ingredients, a gift certificate, and even free books to hundreds of children in the area. Elizabeth Anderson, Osage […]

Medical Marijuana

Second annual report published by Missouri’s Medical Marijuana program

The Department of Health and Senior Services has published its second annual report of the Missouri Medical Marijuana Regulatory Program. DHSS is required to annually submit a report to the Governor regarding the efficient discharge of its responsibilities under Article XIV Section 1 of the Missouri Constitution. Reported activities are based on the program year […]