Building community wealth with social capital

By Sarah Hultine Massengale
County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development
    It’s a bit past the holidays, but let’s talk a minute about the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. If we only consider his finances, he was successful, right? He ran a strong business, made lots of money, employed lots of people…but we know there was more to the story. His employees were struggling, his community needed help, he was isolated, unhappy, and had lost relationships because of his obsession with money. The ghosts of Christmas showed him the need to think about more than money to define success and well-being.

Farm Bureau survey paints tentative picture of 2022

By Garrett Hawkins
    There are a few places in Appleton folks gather to drink coffee and swap stories each morning. I typically catch up on news at the hardware or feed store when I’m picking up supplies or feed. Kids’ ballgames, the weather, markets and, yes, the craziness in Washington, D.C. are the usual topics.

New year, new hope for rural America in the fight against COVID

By Alan Morgan and John M. Bridgeland
    A New Year rings in and the COVID pandemic is still with us. Pandemic fatigue is understandable at this point.  But the loss of more than 824,000 Americans to date and the arrival of a new, more transmissible variant, should drive a renewed push to turn the tide.

Broadband, property rights among top Farm Bureau priorities in 2022 legislative session

By Garrett Hawkins
    Another session of the Missouri General Assembly is upon us, and this year looks to be a busy one. With redistricting, members running for higher office and many passionate legislative disagreements, 2022 should have no shortage of fireworks at the state capitol.