CAFO or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

Missouri’s groundwater threatened from corporate factory farm expansion

Webmasters note: This article is a commentary by Tim Gibbons of the Missouri Independent. Tim Gibbons is communications director for the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, a statewide farm and rural organization dedicated to preserving family farms and promoting stewardship of the land and environmental integrity.  The comments in the article are those of the author, […]

Bradley Schad starts as CEO and executive director of the Missouri Corn Growers Association

Bradley Schad to take over as CEO of Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council

When Bradley Schad takes over as CEO and executive director of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council on March 15, he will bring a variety of agricultural experiences with him, starting with his time growing up on his family’s diversified farm near Versailles. “I grew up on a farm, I was […]

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EPA awards $2.5 million to the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs for farmworker pesticide training

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs to receive up to $500,000 annually to conduct pesticide safety training across the country over the next five years. With EPA funding, AFOP will administer this grant to provide occupational health and safety training to migrant and seasonal farmworkers in more than […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation awards grant funding for community forest improvements

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently awarded $366,446 to Missouri communities through its Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant program. TRIM grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, schools, and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands. “TRIM grants help communities with tree management-related activities that help keep neighborhood trees […]

Audio: Missouri Senate moves to give initial approval to controversial cattle operation bill

After working overnight for about 12 hours, the state Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would restrict Missouri counties from enforcing regulations tougher than the state for large cattle operations. Creve Coeur Democrat Jill Schupp and Lee’s Summit Republican Mike Cierpiot say the measure would bar counties from limiting where CAFOs can […]

Recycle

North Missouri Solid Waste Management planner addresses Trenton City Council’s vote against recycling

North Missouri Solid Waste Management District Region B Planner Ann Hamilton has written a letter urging the Trenton City Council to reconsider its recent decision concerning the city’s curbside recycling program. The city council last week voted six to one against continuing curbside recycling. Hamilton says Hope Haven Industries provided the Solid Waste Management District […]

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EPA’s reduction in fuel standards concerns Missouri leaders

Missouri’s air quality could take a hit in future years if a reduction in fuel-efficiency standards announced on Thursday by the EPA is allowed to take effect.  The proposal would freeze fuel-economy standards to hold them to 2020 levels. It rolls back an Obama administration requirement to increase the fuel standard to 54 miles per gallon by […]

Right To Work

Environmentalists step up to oppose “Right To Work”

Voters will decide in less than a week whether Missouri will become a right-to-work state, potentially weakening unions. It isn’t just union members and labor groups opposing Proposition A: Environmentalists are standing against the right-to-work proposition as well.  Dennis Roach, a former engineer, and union member and a current member of the Sierra Club said unions […]