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While Cedar County, Missouri awaits ruling in CAFO lawsuit, a large chicken operation moves in

(Missouri Independent) – When the attorney general’s office asked a judge in 2019 to lift a temporary restraining order blocking a Missouri law pre-empting county regulations on concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, that were stricter than the state’s, the argument was straightforward. No one was trying to build a large animal feeding operation in Cedar […]

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University of Missouri Extension to hold “Feedlot School” at North Central Missouri College

The University of Missouri Extension will hold a Feedlot School Aug. 4-5 on the Barton Campus of North Central Missouri College in Trenton. Speakers will present the “ins and outs of feeding cattle in Missouri,” says MU Extension beef nutritionist Eric Bailey. “There is renewed interest in feedlots due to new packing plants being built […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation says no indication of mysterious bird illness in Missouri

At least nine states and the District of Columbia have recently reported numerous unexplained sick and dying songbirds. To date, avian and wildlife health experts with the Missouri Department of Conservation have not received similar reports, and there are no other indications of unexplained death or illness in Missouri’s wild birds. “Though we have not […]

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Missourians need to make their voices heard about the future of the farm and food system

This article is a commentary.  The views expressed in this article are those of the author, Tim Gibbons, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of KTTN/KGOZ Radio, management, or staff. (Missouri Independent) – Missouri Rural Crisis Center recently sent in comments to the Biden Administration and USDA in response to their request […]

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US Department of Labor cites grain facility for workplace safety failures following dust explosion that severely injured worker

Had MFA Enterprises Inc. – operating as West Central Agri Services – addressed potential dust ignition sources, an explosion that seriously injured an employee and caused the destruction of the main elevator at an Adrian grain loading facility might not have happened. OSHA cited the grain-handling facility for one willful and six serious safety violations, […]

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Missouri State Auditor launches audit of Lawrence County

State Auditor Nicole Galloway said today her office has begun a regularly scheduled audit of Lawrence County, located in southwest Missouri. The most recent audit of Lawrence County was completed in December 2016, with the county receiving an overall rating of “poor.” A follow-up report, released in 2017, showed county officials had made some progress addressing the issues […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve 2020 financial statements audit, presented a multitude of reports

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved the 2020 financial statements audit on June 28th. CPA John Gillum presented an audit report. The Friends of Gallatin fundraising event to be held on June 26th was rescheduled for July 17th due to forecasted rain. The board of aldermen agreed to grant the picnic liquor license request to […]

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Hy-Vee now holds Guinness World Records title for largest serving of pancakes

The big event took place in Blue Springs, Missouri, where Hy-Vee broke a Guinness World Records title for the largest serving of pancakes. The event marks the launch of the company’s new “Best Breakfast in America” menu. All 13,000 pancakes were donated to Harvesters – The Community Food Network, which is the regional food bank […]

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Some of Missouri’s largest CAFOs are seeking less stringent state regulation

Eleven of Missouri’s largest concentrated animal feeding operations are working to reduce the state’s oversight of their hog facilities despite a record of manure spills and clean water violations.  Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has 11 CAFOs seeking new state permits.  The facilities, dotted across northern Missouri, combined are capable of raising more […]

MU Extension state beef specialist Eric Bailey

Stocker cattle could add value to your operation without breaking the bank

Stocker cattle make up just 12 percent of the 4.25 million head currently part of the beef industry in Missouri. But these cattle could add as much as $78 million to Missouri’s economy, according to the Missouri Beef Value-Added Study, a 2016 University of Missouri Extension report for the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority. […]

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Teachers across the country share FFA and agriculture opportunities

For years, teachers across the country have advocated for their students regardless of their environment – whether it be in-person, virtual, or hybrid. Agricultural education teachers are no exception. For the past few years, they have worked together to share the story of FFA and agricultural education in their states and communities. This summer, more […]