Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team includes, from left, Ted Probert, coach; Blake Wright; Hala Edquist; Bailey Groves; Nicolas Dotson; and Karla Deaver, coach

Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging team competes at national contest

At the recent National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, the Missouri 4-H team placed fourth in Ayrshires, seventh in Brown Swiss and eighth in oral reasons. The team finished 12th overall. “The team didn’t have its best day judging but finished with some outstanding individual honors,” said Karla Deaver, team coach and University of Missouri […]

Cattle in ring at sale

First Show-Me-Select fall sale better than farmers thought with $1,672 average

Show-Me-Select replacement heifers sold for $1,672 average on 190 head. The sale at Joplin Regional Stockyards was the first of six sales across Missouri this fall. This year’s price topped a $1,586 average from one year ago, says Eldon Cole. The University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, Mount Vernon, manages the sale. The heifers come […]

Drug Trafficking

Additional charges filed against former Kansas City Chiefs player, more defendants in drug-trafficking conspiracy

Additional charges have been filed against a former Kansas City Chiefs football player and eight co-defendants for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that operated primarily in Eastern Jackson County. Saousoalii P. Siavii Jr., also known as “Junior,” 41, of Independence, Missouri, was charged in a nine-count superseding indictment returned under seal by a federal […]

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA approves state’s request to add 14 additional counties to disaster declaration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Missouri’s request to expand the federal major disaster declaration for Missouri to include assistance for local governments and nonprofit agencies in 14 additional counties and the City of St. Louis. FEMA’s approval means Benton, Boone, Callaway, Clay, Cooper, Dunklin, Gasconade, Howard, Lafayette, Lincoln, Pulaski, Scott, St. Charles, and St. […]

Disaster Relief

USDA to provide $150 million in help for rural communities affected by natural disasters

U.S. Department of Agriculture Missouri State Director Jeff Case highlighted $150 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters such as the recent severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in Missouri. This announcement is in conjunction with […]

Flood of 2019

NRCS offering more than $9 million to restore flood-prone lands in 69 Missouri counties

In response to flooding in Missouri and across the country this year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the availability of $9 million to fund conservation easements in 69 Missouri counties damaged by flooding and other natural disasters. Funds are available through the floodplain easement component of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP-FPE). […]

Disaster Declaration

Audio: Federal ag disaster declaration granted in 53 Missouri counties

A federal agriculture disaster declaration has been designated in 53 Missouri counties from severe flooding this year. The move allows farmers and ag producers to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency emergency loans for things like the replacement equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.     The Missouri counties […]

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SBA economic injury disaster loans available to Missouri small businesses

Small nonfarm businesses in 100 Missouri counties and neighboring counties in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by […]

Disaster Relief

FEMA denies disaster aid to residents in 19 Missouri counties

The State Emergency Management Agency is asking the federal government to reconsider its decision to deny disaster aid to residents in 19 Missouri counties. The state’s appeal involves a federal disaster declaration from severe flooding and storms this year. The counties Missouri wants to include in a federal disaster declaration are Adair, Barton, Cape Girardeau, […]

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA approves Missouri’s request for disaster assistance to local governments and nonprofits

(Missourinet) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Missouri’s request for federal assistance to local governments and nonprofits in 68 counties to help recover from severe flooding and storms this year. The approval of Missouri’s July 16 request means the federal agency will assist with the cost of repairs to damaged roads, bridges and […]