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Missouri Department of Agriculture announces 2021 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced that the Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is up and running for the summer. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services, the SFMNP assists low-income seniors in obtaining fresh, Missouri Grown produce and generates more than $200,000 for the farmers’ market community. Through the […]

Pigs or Swine

Consider feeding pigs to higher weights when feed costs, hog prices go up

When feed prices go up, swine producers usually see profits go down. That’s not the case in 2021. This gives producers an opportunity to look at feeding to heavier weights despite higher feed costs, says University of Missouri Extension swine nutritionist Marcia Shannon.  Higher market weights result in dramatic net gains per pig under current […]

Parson signing 2021 budget

Governor Parsons signs fiscal year 2021 supplemental budget bill

Governor Mike Parson signed HB 15, which allows for the continued current operations of state government through FY 2021. HB 15 totals over $2.1 billion, including $254.8 million in general revenue, $1.7 billion in federal funds, and $116.7 million in other funds.  The supplemental budget bill contains funding for several items, including the USDA’s Summer […]

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Management Intensive Grazing School to be offered at Schuyler County Community Center

Join other producers at the Management Intensive Grazing School on June 11 and 12 at the Schuyler County Community Center in Glenwood, Missouri. The program will be taught by MU Extension, NRCS, and a producer with an existing system.  Specific topics will include the Art & Science of MIG;  Evaluating Resources; Soil Structure, Function, and […]

WIC Women Infant Children

Missouri WIC income guidelines updated for 2021-2022

Missouri WIC announces the release of the updated Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) effective April 1, 2021. WIC is the Department of Health and Senior Services Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) releases annual adjustments to the IEGs used in determining eligibility […]

Medicaid Expansion

Pediatricians say failure to fund Medicaid expansion could have long-lasting impacts

Voters in Missouri approved a ballot initiative expanding Medicaid. If the state funds it, Missouri will be on track to receive more than $1 billion in federal incentives.  As lawmakers continue their debate on whether to fund voter-approved Medicaid expansion in Missouri, pediatricians say lack of access to high-quality health care can lead to long-lasting […]

Manslaughter

Manslaughter case where woman’s mother died of malnutrition set for trial

A jury trial has been scheduled in Caldwell County for a Polo woman charged with involuntary second-degree manslaughter after her mother’s death. The trial for 42-year-old Rachel Nichols is scheduled for October 25th. A pre-trial conference is on October 12th. She waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty on April 13th. A […]

Carroll County Memorial Hospital

Carroll County Memorial Hospital celebrates Heart Health Month with CCMH Foundation Donation

Carroll County Memorial Hospital acknowledged heart health awareness by encouraging employee involvement and raising funds for the CCMH Foundation, which will be directed towards the needs of CCMH’s Cardiopulmonary Department. For the month of February, the hospital also took on a hue of red in lights and decorations. Employees sported red attire for GO RED […]

Division One of Circuit Court

Polo woman charged with manslaughter after mother’s death bound to Division One of Caldwell County Circuit Court

A Polo woman charged with felony involuntary manslaughter—second degree after her mother’s death had her case bound over to Division One of Caldwell County Circuit Court March 18th. Forty-two-year-old Rachel Nichols is scheduled for arraignment on April 13th. A probable cause affidavit from Sergeant Tony Kirkendoll of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office says an autopsy […]

FCCLA and STAR

Trenton Middle School students participate in FCCLA State Leadership Conference

Several Trenton Middle School students participated in the annual Missouri Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference, which was held virtually this year. Some of the competitors in Students Taking Action with Recognition events will compete at the National Leadership Conference STAR Event virtually June 27th through July 2nd. Those students include […]

Minimum Wage

Outlook for $15-an-hour minimum wage boosted by new government report

(Missouri Independent) – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in a report Monday found a gradual increase to a $15 federal minimum wage by 2025 would reduce poverty, add $54 billion to the deficit over a decade and increase pay for millions of low-income workers. The report could help Democrats make a strong case for including a […]

Show Me Select Heifer Replacement Sale

Show-Me-Select registration deadline is February 15th

Enrollment for the Show-Me-Select Heifer Replacement Program ends February 15, 2021. Show-Me-Select helps Missouri producers raise and market high-quality beef replacement females, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Kendra Graham. The educational program uses the latest research on health, nutrition, genetics, and reproductive science.  “Now is the time to enroll in the program for […]