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Trump Administration invests nearly $42 million to improve rural electric infrastructure in rural Missouri, Iowa, & Nebraska

The Trump Administration, along with the Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Directors for Missouri Jeff Case, for Iowa Grant Menke, and for Nebraska Karl Elmshaeuser, today announced the USDA is investing $41,967,000 to build and improve critical electric infrastructure.  The funding, made possible through the Electric Loan Program, will benefit more than 77,000 rural […]

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Trump Administration invests more than $5.5 million to support economic development in rural Missouri

The Trump Administration, along with the Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, announced eight rural electric cooperatives will receive a total of $5,552,000 to create jobs and increase economic opportunities throughout the state. Rural electric cooperative partnerships are critical in working with rural communities to increase economic development and providing […]

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More than $9 million in grants approved for six Missouri school districts to provide protection against tornados

The State Emergency Management Agency announced more than $9 million in grant funding has been approved to build tornado safe rooms in six Missouri school districts. The federal grants for school districts in Dunklin, Henry, Ozark, Shannon, Texas, and Wright counties will pay for 90 percent of the cost of the safe rooms, which are […]

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MDC partners with Grundy Electric Cooperative for wildlife habitat projects

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is partnering with the Grundy Electric Cooperative on a project to benefit wildlife habitat and reduce power line right-of-way maintenance costs. Private property owners are also a voluntary partner. MDC’s Wires Over Wildlife (WOW) program provides expertise and cost-share money for converting overgrown brush and trees under electrical distribution […]

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Farmer’s Electric Coop receives loan to upgrade infrastructure

Farmer’s Electric Cooperative, based in Chillicothe, has been selected as one rural co-op in 21 states to receive USDA financing to build and improve rural electric infrastructure. According to a recent announcement from the agriculture department, Farmer’s Electric is to receive a $14,000,000 loan allowing it to connect 726 customers while building and improving 114 […]

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USDA invests in rural electric infrastructure and smart grid improvements in 13 States

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley announced that USDA is investing $485 million to upgrade rural electric systems and reduce energy costs. The funding includes nearly $7.1 million for smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security. “Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is a proud […]

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Audio: Missouri agriculture director says technology is crucial to attracting young farmers

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) director says technology is important in attracting young farmers.  Brian Hauswirth with Missourinet has the story.   The state Department of Agriculture says the average age of a Missouri farmer is 58. MDA Director Chris Chinn notes Governor Mike Parson’s two top priorities are workforce development and infrastructure, adding […]

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Grundy Electric receives $10M loan from USDA

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced Wednesday that the United States Department of Agriculture is investing more $398,500,000 to improve rural electric service in 13 states through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program. Grundy Electric Cooperative, which is headquartered in Trenton, received a $10,000,000 loan, which includes $270,000 for smart grid projects. […]

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Audio: State legislature approves bill facilitating high-speed internet service to rural areas

An official with Missouri Farm Bureau says he’s pleased to see the state legislature approve a bill facilitating high-speed internet service to more areas of rural Missouri as well as the establishment of a broadband development fund. B.J. Tanksley is director of the state legislature with the Farm Bureau and says there was an issue […]

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Missouri Rural Broadband Legislation Heading to Governor’s Desk

Legislation declaring that the expansion of broadband service is in the best interest of Missourians is heading to Governor Eric Greitens’ desk. State Representative Curtis Trent’s bill encourages the development of fiber optic infrastructure by Missouri’s rural electric cooperatives. The Springfield Republican tells House colleagues the uses of this are “immeasurable”:     Trent says […]

USDA invests nearly $119 million in Missouri rural electric infrastructure

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states. Of these investments, nearly $119 million was invested in Missouri. “These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure that businesses and rural communities […]