Boynton pump returned, refurbished and to be on display at Sullivan County Historical Society

North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission approved for Regional Conservation Partnership Program funds

The Natural Resources Conservation Service announced on Thursday that the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission was approved for $506,494 in Regional Conservation Partnership Program funds. The funds will be matched with $515,000 of local funding or in-kind contributions to prevent non-point source runoff from contaminating the East Locust Creek Reservoir in Sullivan County. The […]

Road Closed Due to Flooding Sign

Missouri River likely to enter minor flood stage this week

Levels on the Missouri River could move into minor flood stage from Nebraska City to northwest Missouri’s St. Joseph this week. Chairman Tom Waters with the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association says the area isn’t prepared for a high-than-normal runoff predicted. “The big issue for us is soil moisture,” Waters tells Missourinet affiliate KFEQ […]

Finance

Natural Resources Conservation Service announces March 30th application deadline for financial assistance

The Missouri USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced March 30th as the cut-off date to apply for Fiscal Year 2020 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program -Environmental Quality Incentive Program (RCPP-EQIP). EQIP allows farmers, ranchers, forestland managers, and landowners an opportunity to conserve natural resources by […]

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

With the potential for flooding, FEMA encourages residents to review flood insurance policies

The National Weather Service indicates there is a potential for Missouri to once again experience flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports last year’s damage repairs are ongoing. FEMA calls its National Flood Insurance Program “a great way” to protect homes, businesses, or personal property. The National Flood Insurance Program reports just six inches of […]

Smithfield Food Website

Smithfield Foods & RAE launch joint venture to create renewable energy, wildlife habitat

Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) have formed a joint venture called Monarch Bioenergy to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) across Smithfield’s hog farms in Missouri. This partnership converts manure collected from Smithfield farms into RNG, while simultaneously delivering ecological services and developing wildlife habitat. Once complete, all Smithfield company-owned finishing farms in […]

Farm Field

Funding available to farmers interested in installing edge-of-field monitoring stations

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is making $2 million available to interested farmers to help install voluntary edge-of-field monitoring stations on agricultural land in five states, including Missouri.  “Edge-of-field water quality monitoring provides quantifiable data that supports voluntary-based conservation efforts aimed at reducing the movement of sediment and nutrients off Missouri farms,” State Conservationist […]

Road Closed Due to Flooding

Rain, runoff and melting snow close roads in North Missouri

Rain, runoff and melting snow have closed more roads in Northwest Missouri and many more are vulnerable to being overcome by floodwaters. Missouri Department of Transportation crews are monitoring road conditions closely, but floodwaters can rise quickly, before our crews and other emergency services are able to place barricades across the roadway. MoDOT reminds motorists […]

NCRS Watershed benefits

NRCS watershed efforts continue to benefit farmers, communities

Sixty years after the first of 1,182 flood-prevention structures were built in Missouri with federal financial and technical assistance, landowners who have witnessed the before-and-after effects of heavy rain are still praising the benefits of the watershed projects. “Panther Creek used to flood almost every time it rained, but it hasn’t flooded at all since […]

Missouri State Capitol

Audio: Bill in legislature would change Missouri’s voting method

A bill in the state legislature would implement Instant Runoff Voting in Missouri. It calls for voters to rank candidates in order of preference in a process of elimination until one candidate achieves a 50 percent-plus-one majority. Republican state Representative Dan Stacy of Blue Springs says his proposal would ensure a majority winner when three […]

Ducks Unlimited and Nestlé Purina PetCare Company have partnered to protect and improve 1,600 acres of wetland and grasslands across Iowa over the next three years through Ducks Unlimited’s Living Lakes Initiative.

Nestlé Purina commits $1 million to Ducks Unlimited in Iowa to help boost water quality

Ducks Unlimited and Nestlé Purina PetCare Company have partnered to protect and improve 1,600 acres of wetland and grasslands across Iowa over the next three years through Ducks Unlimited’s Living Lakes Initiative, promoting healthy soil, healthy crops, and healthy wildlife habitat. Purina, which operates three pet food manufacturing facilities in Iowa (in Clinton, Fort Dodge […]

Center for Rural Affairs

More than 800 Midwest farmers surveyed on conservation

Many farmers and ranchers value the opportunity the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) offers to enhance their existing conservation efforts, according to a recent survey by the Center for Rural Affairs. Eighty-seven percent of more than 800 respondents, all living in an area with a strong agricultural presence, said CSP should be supported as a priority in the […]