USDA to authorize up to $12 billion in programs to assist farmers impacted by tariffs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals […]

U.S. Postal Mail Trucks

Audio: McCaskill says rural America would be hurt by U.S. Postal Service privatization

(Missurinet) – Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill opposes the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service. During a committee hearing this week in Washington on the proposed plan, she says rural America would experience a decline in service.     The Postal Service has been asking for flexibility to increase prices and ease some of the […]

Jamesport Tri-County School

Tri-County Board of Education accepts bids; announces lunch prices to remain the same as last year

The Jamesport Tri-County Board of Education accepted bids for bread, milk, and fuel at its meeting Wednesday evening. The accepted bread bid was from Graves with Superintendent David Probasco noting the bid was for several bread products, which varied in price. The milk bid was from Hiland Dairy for the variable rate option. The milk […]

Fiber Optic Internet Access

Mid-States Services to have crews in Trenton installing fiber optic cable

Mid-States Services of Trenton is bringing fiber optic internet inside the Trenton city limits. Informational Technology Specialist Terry White said boring crews have been installing conduit in the ground to house the fiber in the lake area and aerial crews would be brought in after Independence Day to string fiber and attach it to the […]

NCMC Ketcham Community Center

NCMC Ketcham Center receives new fitness equipment; membership prices increase slightly

The Ketcham Community Center on the campus of North Central Missouri College in Trenton saw a slight increase in its membership prices this year. Ketcham Center Director Nathan Gamet explains the increase comes out to less than $2.00 per month for the annual memberships. The new rate for a single membership costs $240 with a […]

Cattle in ring at sale

Bred heifer buyers think short grass, bid $1,598 average at Palmyra sale

Hot, dry weather with short grass growth slowed bidders at the spring sale of Show-Me-Select replacement heifers in northeastern Missouri, Saturday, June 2 with 134 calving-ease bred heifers averaging $1,598 in the final of four spring sales in the state.  The heifers will calve this fall. “It was a tough but successful sale,” said Daniel […]


Chicken-wing demand helps farm prices; turkeys don’t share consumer taste shift

Chicken wings helped poultry farm prices take off this year. Wing prices ran at least 30 percent above year-ago levels since late May, say University of Missouri Extension economists. Thighs and legs also sold well above a year ago. Dark meat leads demand, say Scott Brown and Daniel Madison. A trend to dark hasn’t helped […]

Cow and cattle herd

Fed steer prices stay level; consumers and exports help demand

Steep price swings were seen for fed steers in the past year, especially in recent months. Look for more of that in beef in coming months with lower prices ahead. However, the annual average fed-steer price for 2017 can end near that received last year. Declines resume in 2018, says University of Missouri Extension economists. […]

Cow Calf

Beef price outlook at long-term normal, but unexpected news can change prices

“Why do you hang on to your calves?” the beef economist asked cow-herd owners in the room. Scott Brown answered his own question: “Because their price is going up. Right?” Brown, with University of Missouri Extension, cautioned, “There are still downside risks.” The risk remains in spite of slowing of sharp price declines since October. […]


Improved breeding for quality beef can gain top prices for herd owners

Cow herd owners leery of the futures market or insurance for risk management can look to quality beef for protection. Scott Brown, a University of Missouri livestock economist, told that option at the MU Thompson Farm field day Tuesday, Sept. 20. He asked the farmers present if any were using risk management. No hands went […]