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Public comment period opens on Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

A draft 2022-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program that focuses on taking care of the state’s existing transportation system was presented today to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. A 30-day public review and comment period began on Wednesday, May 5) Missouri Department of Transportation Planning Director Eric Curtit told commissioners the draft STIP includes 1,417 […]

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Now a good time to consider importance of residual herbicide in soybean weed control program

Warm temperatures were welcomed in Northwest Missouri this past week, leading to fieldwork progressing rapidly. Summer annual weed emergence picked up, so now is a good time to consider the importance of a residual herbicide in a soybean weed control program. Weeds have uneven emergence, a trait we wouldn’t want in our crops, but that […]

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New weather station launched at Barton Farm Campus in Partnership with NCMC and University of Missouri Extension

A collaboration between the University of Missouri and North Central Missouri College has resulted in a new weather station at NCMC’s Elizabeth and Arthur Barton Farm at Trenton. Phil and Chris Hoffman retired owners of the Hoffman & Reed grain elevator in Trenton, began the movement for the weather station after attending the annual Crop […]

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Bill banning trans students from sports teams by gender wins support of Missouri House

(Missouri Independent) – After hours of fierce debate that spanned the course of two days, the Missouri House on Wednesday signed off on a prohibition on transgender students participating on the sports teams that match their gender identity. The provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to House Bill 1141 was adopted by a vote […]

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Emergency bridge repairs will keep Shoal Creek Bridge closed through Wednesday in Livingston County

A section of Livingston County Route C is now closed for emergency repairs to the Shoal Creek Bridge, northwest of Dawn. On Tuesday, April 6, local maintenance crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation discovered an issue on the bridge’s driving surface that prompted the immediate closure of the bridge. A steel plate will be […]

Recall Alert

Midwestern Pet Foods voluntarily recalls products due to possible salmonella health risk

The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Feed & Seed Program issued a consumer alert following a voluntary pet food recall published by Midwestern Pet Foods. No pet or human illness has been reported at this time. According to the company’s announcement, the voluntary recall applies to specific expiration dates and pet food brands, including CanineX, Earthborn […]

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Rural Iowa communities urge more factory-farm regulations

Advocates for family farms, rural neighborhoods, and the environment are asking Iowa lawmakers to find a more equitable balance between the interests of factory farms and of the communities they’re in.  Research has shown higher levels of nitrates and phosphorus in the water, as well as air quality issues, in communities with nearby concentrated animal feeding […]

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Audio: La Nina weather pattern could mean even greater chance of severe weather, flooding in Missouri this season

A La Nina weather pattern is in motion and Alex Elmore a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis says La Nina could lead to an even greater potential for severe weather.     With the potential to have an increased severe weather pattern this spring, Elmore says the flooding risk is also […]

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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, […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Mask Order Rescinded

Grundy County Health Department rescinds public order requiring masks

At a meeting on Thursday, March 11, the Grundy County Health Department Board of Directors voted to rescind the public health order requiring masks, which takes effect on Monday, March 15, 2021.  The health department is still encouraging the wearing of masks in all public places, and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.  […]

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University of Missouri study looks at nitrogen products for pastures

University of Missouri Extension forage researchers studied the effects of treated urea products on soil fertility, forage yield, and quality.  This information can help producers control risk on nitrogen investments, improve tall fescue forage yields and improve water quality. MU Extension specialist Ryan Lock led the study to evaluate commercial nitrogen products in unbiased, replicated […]

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Made in Missouri: Batteries that power Mars rover, Perseverance, made in Joplin

The new Mars rover is powered by batteries manufactured by EaglePicher Technologies in Joplin, Missouri. There were 14 EaglePicher silver-zinc batteries on the Atlas V launch rocket. Two of the company’s thermal batteries powered the spacecraft during entry, descent, and landing stages, including igniting the pyrotechnics that opened parachutes. The rover’s main power system consists […]

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Missouri House committee votes to forgive federal unemployment debts

(Missouri Independent) – Thousands of Missourians facing repayment of mistakenly paid unemployment benefits would get some relief under legislation passed with a bipartisan vote Wednesday in a Missouri House committee. The bill, which will likely be debated on the House floor next week, would forgive debts due to overpayments from federal coronavirus relief programs but would not […]

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Chemicals used to treat the roads lose their effectiveness in the bitterly cold temperatures

Light snow and periods of freezing drizzle create slippery road conditions through the evening hours. Though minimal accumulation is anticipated, the Missouri Department of Transportation warns that glazing of the pavement along with bitterly cold temperatures could impact travel along the I-44 and I-70 corridors today especially during the evening peak traffic times in the […]