Missouri could benefit from more food manufacturing

    A new study soon to be released by the University of Missouri and agriculture industry partners including Missouri Farm Bureau finds that Missouri has the capability to grow the impact of its food and agriculture industry by over $25 billion in the next eight years. Dean Chris Daubert of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources previewed the feasibility study’s findings and recommendations on January 10 at the Governor’s Conference on Agriculture.

New Farm Bill looks good for Missouri

    Just in time for the new year, Congressional Republicans and Democrats ironed out their differences and agreed upon a new farm bill. Unlike some farm bills in years past, the 2018 version drew broad bipartisan support, passing the Senate 87-13 and the House 369-47. Farm bills typically are only renewed every five years, making each one incredibly important for the agricultural community.

Smith is irresponsible

    In a recent missive from Representative Jason Smith entitled “The Wrong Way” he lists facts that are mostly wrong. It is correct that America is a nation of immigrants, ask any of the First Nation Peoples. The statement “to enter our country the right way – legally and by swearing an oath to our Constitution” is wrong.

We’re not in Russia

    I know I should be spending this rare spare moment to write about the subjects on which I try to focus: Integrated Pest Management and the irrational chemical dependency of modern agriculture and pest control. But, I find myself once again distracted by the news, and I feel the need to address another issue in the mainstream media.