Montana Plattner attends HYPE Academy

Chillicothe FFA member attends Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Academy

Missouri’s top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the fifth annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 25-27, in Columbia, Missouri. Chillicothe FFA member Montana Plattner was a member of the top 30 attending the program. The three-day intensive program is designed to inform and empower students to effectively engage in pressing agriculture […]

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FFA high school seniors complete “Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence” academy

Missouri’s top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the Fifth Annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence FFA Academy in Columbia last week. Top 30 FFA high school seniors from area schools include Anna Milazzo of Grundy County R-5, Montana Faith Plattner of Chillicothe, Kylee Marie Baker and Kasey Waterman of Meadville, Luke Vaughn of Marceline, […]

Trade War

Audio: Missouri farmer testifies before U.S. House subcommittee about struggles from trade war

A Missouri farmer and American Soybean Association board member has told a U.S. House subcommittee he and other farmers are hurting because of the ongoing trade war with China. Ronnie Russell says as late as April, farmers were hopeful an end to the feud was at hand.     Russell says Congress should do everything […]


USDA extends deadline for producers to certify 2018 crop production for Market Facilitation Program payments

USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall […]

Gary Riedel

Missouri farmer inducted into Missouri Soybean Hall of Fame

Missouri Soybean Hall of Fame 2019 inductee Gary Riedel says demand for soybean increased greatly since farmers approved checkoff dollars to fund research and promotion. Riedel served as head of Missouri Soybean Association in the early 1980s and was president of the American Soybean Association when the national soybean checkoff went into effect. This year, […]

Senator Roy Blunt

Audio: Senator Roy Blunt ‘very concerned’ about America’s trade strategy

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says he’s been “very concerned” about America’s trade strategy. During the Missouri Farm Bureau Convention this week at the Lake of the Ozarks, the Republican says he’s glad the U.S. did not escalate its trade fight with China.     Blunt thinks getting Congress to approve the new North American […]

Attorney General Josh Hawley and Senator Claire McCaskill Debate

Audio: Hawley and McCaskill discuss tariffs affecting southeast Missouri nail company

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley says he hopes a southeast Missouri nail company will commit to staying open and protect its workers. Mid Continent Nail Corporation in Poplar Bluff has been losing millions since President Trump’s tariff on foreign steel began in June.     During a debate, on Kansas City television station KMBC, Democratic […]

Sam Graves

Audio: Six District Congressman Sam Graves on trade tariffs and the farm bill

Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves, during a visit to Trenton this week, was questioned on President Trump’s trade tariffs with other countries, including their impact on agriculture.     Graves, who’s also a farmer, was asked his thoughts on the USDA programs offering financial assistance in response to the tariffs.     The federal farm bill […]

Nestle Sign in front of Corporate offices

Audio: Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves visits Nestle plant in Trenton

Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves was in Trenton Tuesday afternoon stopping for a visit at the Nestle’s plant. The visit included a presentation on Nestle’s by Plant Manager Andy Darley, a tour of the production facility, and sampling the Chef Mate products made in Trenton. Nestles’ purchased the factory from ConAgra Foods the first of […]