Farm Bureau Opposes Eminent Domain for Grain Belt Express
Missouri Farm Bureau’s board of directors has voted to intervene in the Grain Belt Clean Line case which is presently before the Public Service Commission (PSC). Farm Bureau will oppose granting eminent domain to the company for the proposed electrical transmission line which it plans to build across northern Missouri. From western Missouri going east, the line would cross Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Randolph, Monroe and Ralls counties.
Missouri Food Prices Trend Higher
Missouri shoppers paid more for food in the first quarter of 2014 than the same period last year, according to the latest Missouri Farm Bureau Market Basket Survey. Sixteen items representing a cross-section of agricultural products were surveyed. The total price rang in at $49.08 compared to $48.73 for the same items one year ago for an increase of $0.35 year-over-year.
Statement of Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst Regarding House and Senate Passage of the Farm Bill
"We’re very pleased at Missouri Farm Bureau with the Senate and House passage of the Farm Bill. It’s been a very, very long and torturous road, but final passage by both houses will allow the bill to be sent to the President’s desk. We hope that he signs it very quickly."
The State of Missouri Agriculture
At the first State of Missouri Agriculture event held in Jefferson City, State Senator Brian Munzlinger, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spoke of the importance of Missouri agriculture to our state’s economy, identified challenges for the future and reminded Missourians of the affordable and safe food Missouri farmers and ranchers provide.
Statement of Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst Regarding H.R. 2642, the 2014 Farm Bill Conference Report
Missouri Farm Bureau is urging the state’s congressional delegation to support passage of H.R. 2642. Writing a new farm bill has been a difficult and frustrating process to say the least, and we are ready for Congress to put a new five-year plan in place and move on.
Prohibiting the Foreign Ownership of Missouri Farmland
In the 1970s, Missouri and several other states adopted laws prohibiting the ownership of farmland by foreign entities. These laws were prompted by concerns that increasing foreign investment in American farmland could compromise our national security and domestic food production capabilities. Missouri’s prohibition did not apply to farmland used for non-farming purposes and foreign owners who became “bona fide” residents of the United States.
Hunters, Gatherers and Generous Uncles
I have worn glasses since the sixth grade. That said, even with corrected sight I find the Missouri morel an extremely elusive variety of mushroom to hunt. Everything blends together in monochromatic tones of brown on the forest floor to me, and finding that spongy texture is more difficult for some than others.
Encouraging Outliers of the Social Trend
The millennials are back in the news and the results are interesting. According to the folks at the Pew Research Center, only around a quarter of this age group (18-33) is married; they are having trouble finding jobs; and almost half the births to women in this age cohort are out of wedlock. Millennials are much less likely to attend church than preceding generations. Unlike their parents’ generation, millennials distrust most people, not just those over 30.
Small Steps on Ag Day
Writing is often a journey of small steps that at times doesn’t end up where you think it will when you begin. National Ag Day is March 25, and as I sat down to write a piece on all that it means, I came across the winning essay of this year’s National Ag Day Essay Contest by Clara Knipp from Tipton, Mo. It was not the first step in my journey, but it inspired me and, as a result, altered my path.
GMOs Exposed GMOs Exposed
People have been tinkering with the genetics of plants for thousands of years, and we’ve relied on genetic engineering to turn many plants into the fruits and vegetables we eat every day.
Feeding Fish Feeding Fish
The curvy, hilly blacktop and gravel roads in Douglas County offer beautiful Ozark vistas any time of year. Cattle dot the hillsides and hollers as the road meanders east of Ava toward a historic spring that has given life to animals and people for centuries. For the last six decades, it has been the heart of a family farm.
The Right To Choose
Agriculture is important to Missouri, and what happens in Missouri agriculture is a boon to the rest of the nation and the world. Because there is a nationwide movement to restrict people’s food choices and to outlaw farming practices and technologies that are important to farmers, it is critical that voters amend the Missouri constitution to ensure Missourians’ right to farm.

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