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Farm bill shortchanges rural Missouri

By John Crabtree Center for Rural Affairs Last week the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the first farm bill in decades that provides no funding for rural community and economic development.…

Ray-Carroll Grain, among nation’s top 100 co-ops, ranked 79th in 2010

The nation’s 100 largest agriculture cooperatives reported near-record revenue of $118 billion in 2010, USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager announced Tuesday, with local company Ray-Carroll Grain Growers jumping…

Hardin MU student among 2012 Corn Growers scholarship winners

The Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee has awarded a 2012 Missouri Corn Scholarship to Brianne McGuire of Hardin. McGuire will receive a $750 scholarship from the Missouri Corn Growers Association and…

For Earth Day, students get a grounding in how things work

By David Knopf, News Editor City Administrator Ron Brohammer asked Sunrise Elementary second-graders if they could guess how many miles of underground pipe Richmond has feeding its south sewer plant.…

Monsanto, Waters give $2,500 to Orrick FFA

With an estimated nine billion mouths to feed by 2050, organizations such as Orrick FFA help turn young farmers into community and industry leaders who can meet the challenges of…

Three area students to receive 2012 Ray-Carroll Grain Growers scholarships

Each spring, the Ray-Carroll Grain Growers Scholarship fund awards grants to outstanding high school seniors who are the children of cooperative members. This year, Ray-Carroll awarded 15 $1,000 scholarships to…

‘Right to raise animals’ would lock in current livestock practices

By Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media Hog farmers are under a lot of scrutiny these days. Animal rights advocates say that the pork production system may be efficient, but it…

RHS trapshooters bring back first, second places from meet

The Richmond FFA Trap Team competed in the Missouri Youth Shooting Sports Alliance and the Central District Trap Shooting tournaments on March 31.  The tournament was held at the Missouri…

FFA Area VI elects new officers, honors proficiency

Orrick FFA members recently attended the Area VI FFA awards banquet March 20 in Higginsville. The following members were selected as Area 6 officers for the 2012-13 term.  Orrick FFA…

Farmers can nominate a school district for science grant through April 15

With rural schools feeling the pinch of tightening budgets, now is the time for farmers to support their school district through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education.  Sponsored by the Monsanto…