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More corn or fewer floods? We have a choice to make

By Robert Kelley Schneiders, PH.D. Neither God, nor freak rain events, or the tiny piping plover caused the Missouri River flood of 2011.  Rather, humans, and their ignorance, greed, and…

Timing hurts area’s potential flood victims

Missouri Farm Bureau News Service – A U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement last week regarding the availability of funding for the Emergency Conservation Program and Emergency Watershed Protection Program was…

Cute and stubborn as a mule, burros also fleet of foot

Cute and stubborn as a mule, burros also fleet of foot

By David Knopf, News Editor It’s no secret that mules – technically, a cross between a horse and a donkey – have a reputation for stubbornness. The two animals Scott…

State of the Union address skirts front-burner ag issues

By Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media Got milk? President Obama does. American dairy farmers got a shoutout from President Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but…

In Orrick, it’s a real field day for antique tractor lovers

In Orrick, it’s a real field day for antique tractor lovers

Liberty-area farmer Francis Crum, above, may be 88, but he can still plow a straight line with Jim Varger’s John Deere 70 diesel. Crum and a number of other farmers…

The Stouffer Report: Serious proposal aims to remove children from farm activities

By State Sen. Bill Stouffer When the federal government decides to update regulations, it usually makes folks nervous. This seems to be the case with the first changes to the…

Even with rain, county burn ban still in effect

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News Much-needed rain came Wednesday, but the it didn’t end the county-wide burn ban. Eastern Commissioner Allen Dale said Wednesday it would take more inches of precipitation…

FSA program offers low-interest loans to Ray farmers hurt by flooding, drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 101 Missouri counties, including Ray, as primary agricultural natural disaster areas. The designation makes certain farmers and other agricultural producers eligible for low-interest emergency…

Ray farmer can designate non-profit for $2,500 Monsanto grant

During the season of giving, a Ray County farmer can get into the holiday spirit by signing up to win $2,500 for his or her favorite local nonprofit organizations through…

Underwater and overlooked: Crisis on the Missouri River

     The following was forwarded by Tom Waters, chairman of the Missouri Levee & Drainage District Association, to association members and the Richmond News. Waters recently submitted a letter to…