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Farm Bureau announces opposition to industrial hemp bill

Farm Bureau announces opposition to industrial hemp bill

Bill passes easily through House despite Farm Bureau letter JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) announced Monday it would oppose Rep. Paul Curtman’s bill to legalize the growing of industrial hemp in Missouri. MFB President Blake Hurst wrote in a letter to representatives that Curtman’s bill could mean farmers who decide to


Trump starts process to rescind Waters of US rule, earns kudos from farmers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Conservatives and farmers around the country and in Missouri celebrated President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order Tuesday asking the Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the controversial Waters of the United States rule. The rule was recommended under former President Barack Obama’s administration to the


Hurst re-elected Missouri Farm Bureau President

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation will keep Blake Hurst as president. Delegates voted to re-elect the Atchison County farmer to his fourth two-year term during their 102nd annual meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The Westboro resident thanked members for the opportunity to continue serving and leading the organization. “I’m proud of what

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Parson in position to become powerful lt. governor

After he won a tough primary against Missouri Club for Growth’s Bev Randles, only a handful of people gave Sen. Mike Parson a chance of beating the Democratic contender, former Congressman Russ Carnahan. Carnahan was well-known around the state, well-liked in his former district and, most importantly, he had the Carnahan name – one of


Koster stresses bipartisan credentials state tour with ag leaders

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Democrat Chris Koster toured the state Saturday with five Republican leaders of agriculture to meet directly with farmers in an attempt to shore up the rural vote in his bid for governor. Richard Fordyce, the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture; Blake Hurst, the president of the Missouri Farm Bureau; Executive

Humane Society political arm weighs in for Greitens and Carnahan with mailings attacking their opponents

ST LOUIS, Mo. – The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) political advocacy organization, is zeroing in on two of the Missouri agricultural community’s biggest advocates in the closing days of the election. The HSLF sent out a mailer attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Chris Koster and Republican lt.

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Agriculture’s storyteller-in-chief

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce doesn’t want to take any credit. He’ll give all the credit to his staff at the department. But if he’s done anything to help lead to contribute to a positive outlook for the state’s agriculture industry, he thinks it’s all mental. “I do not toot


Chamber, groups, businesses voice support for grid modernization

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Chamber of Commerce as well as more than 75 businesses and organizations voiced their support for the 21st Century Grid Modernization and Security Act. HB2689 would institute a comprehensive state energy plan (CSEP). “This important legislation will update our state’s energy policies, which will support additional investment to harden


Missouri Farm Bureau Federation hosts conference on rural issues

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation hosted the “Rural Communities Matter” conference Wednesday at their headquarters on the outskirts of Jefferson City. The group hosted three panels to discuss important issues affecting the parts of Missouri outside the I-70 beltway. The conference featured guest speakers, experts and government employees in the fields

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Grain Belt application denied at PSC agenda

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) met today for their regularly scheduled agenda meeting to address a handful of tariffs and new orders, including Grain Belt Express (GBE) Clean Line’s application for a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct, own, operate and maintain a high voltage, direct current transmission line