Grain Bin Safety

Review grain bin safety rules before harvest begins

University of Missouri Extension rural safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch said National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 15-21, is a good time to review precautions for grain bins with farmworkers and family members. This year’s theme, “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear,” reminds us to remain vigilant at all times when working on or visiting […]

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Grain crop review for August 2019

Volatility seems to be the theme for the last several months. Weather forecasts, overseas trade relations, and harvest predictions have been large contributors for the past month. There has been plenty of moisture this year throughout the Corn Belt. However, the excessive moisture paired with the cooling temperatures have raised some concern over potential yields. […]

Child Exploitation

Missouri man sentenced for child pornography, sexual exploitation

A Grain Valley, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for traveling to North Dakota for illicit sex with a 14-year-old child, who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, while he was under investigation for distributing child pornography over the internet. Andy Earl Crook, 63, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs […]

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Trenton small business receives National Growth Grant

The National Association for the Self-Employed, the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, announced today that Trenton, MO-based small business, Little Farm Organics has been awarded a $4,000 first quarter 2019 Growth Grant to help expand business operations.  Last year, NASE awarded $48,000 in grants to small businesses across the country and expects to […]

Death Investigation

Investigation by authorities reveals cause of death for Chillicothe man who committed suicide

A farmer and former Chillicothe school board member sentenced to 122 months in federal prison Friday for a 142 million dollar grain fraud scheme has died. Officers were sent to conduct a well-being check and upon arrival, Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples and Livingston County Coroner Scott Lindley report Randy Constant was found deceased inside […]

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Chillicothe man sentenced to 10-years in prison for grain fraud scheme commits suicide

A coroner says a Missouri man blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, days after he was sentenced to 10-years in federal prison. Livingston County Coroner Scott Lindley on Tuesday confirmed the death of Randy Constant in Chillicothe, Missouri. He said Constant died from “a self-inflicted […]

Prison Sentence

Former Chillicothe school board member receives 10-years in prison for fraud scheme

A prominent northwest Missouri businessman and former school board member will spend the next ten years in federal prison for a $142 million grain fraud scheme, after being sentenced Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Morfitt tells Missourinet that Randy Constant was sentenced on Friday to 122 […]

Fraud

Audio: Northwest Missouri businessman to be sentenced Friday for $142 Million grain fraud scheme

A northwest Missouri businessman and former school board member will learn his fate today (Friday) when he’s sentenced for a 142-million dollar grain fraud scheme.      Sixty-one-year-old Randy Constant is a prominent businessman in northwest Missouri and is also a former Chillicothe School Board member. Constant pleaded guilty in December in Federal court in […]

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Agriculture tech giant Bunge to relocate global headquarters to St. Louis region

Agriculture giant Bunge announced the relocation of its global headquarters from White Plains, New York, to the St. Louis metropolitan area, increasing the company’s presence in the state. Bunge currently employs 525 workers at its office in Chesterfield. An additional 25 employees work at Bunge’s Creative Solutions Center in St. Charles, which includes pilot plants […]

Flood Recovery

Updates on road repairs in north Missouri from damage due to flood waters

The Missouri Department of Transportation understands the continued road closures due to flooding and flood damage are impacting lives and are working to repair and restore mobility to routes as waters recede. Local maintenance crews are clearing debris and repairing shoulders and minor road surface issues as they are able. More extensive work, including debris […]