If former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill was right and “all politics is local,” then next Tuesday is a big day. In fact, it’s the biggest day of 2019 as it will be the only time this year we have a local election. So, whatever you do, be sure to get to the polls on Tuesday.
By Eric Bohl
For as long as man has been measuring the Missouri River, the stretch flowing through northwest Missouri has never been this high. The third week of March, farmers watched helplessly as their homes, land, buildings and stored crops went under water. With very little warning, the river went from normal levels to breaking all-time records.
By Eric Bohl
A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) analysis projects 2019 net farm income will again be well below normal. This broad measure of farm profitability has disappointed farmers for at least the past five years. Despite the continued downturn, Missouri farmers have glimmers of hope on the horizon.
By Phill Brooks
A surprise has emerged from this year's session of Missouri's legislature. The General Assembly has returned to an era when the leadership exercised less power to control the legislative agenda in choosing winners and losers.
Although there is some debate about who said it, most of us have at least heard the famous quote: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
By Blake Hurst
Bacon is popular, but living near a hog farm is not. Bacon isn’t possible without hogs, so if we want bacon, we’re going to have to raise pigs. Missouri Senate Bill 391 is opposed by people who either don’t like bacon or don’t realize how it’s made. The bill would require that county regulations aimed at livestock production ought not be “inconsistent with or more stringent than” state regulations. Senate Bill 391 would simply mean that farmers would face consistent rules across the state.