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Cut to the Chase: Despite studies, irrational fear of genetic modification persists

By Blake Hurst I like Cheerios. I guess a farmer really ought to start his day with bacon, eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, but Cheerios are what I eat. Not…

Governor’s AG conference Jan. 16-18 in KC

The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture will be held in Kansas City Jan. 16-18 at the Westin Crown Center. The conference, the 44th in a series, is themed “Generations of…

Cut to the Chase: The truth about small rural places

By Julie Hurst When our family gathers, it is for three reasons: 1) a birthday, 2) a holiday or 3) a meal. It can be any combination of 1 or…

Cut to the Chase: In 2014, let’s work on improving life in rural U.S.

By Rebecca French Smith It’s an interesting time of year. As the New Year begins, we reflect.  For the past week, we’ve seen all sorts of topics to consider. Google…

Norborne student Samantha Gibson earns MFB honor

A panel of judges selected Samantha Gibson of Norborne  and Mason Kiehl of Columbia as 2014 Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors during the organization’s 99th annual meeting Dec. 8 at the…

Adopt-a-pet: Gracie can be yours this Christmas

Gracie, pictured here, is a long-haired cat available for adoption through Ray County Humane Society. “She is pretty, very sweet, and not at all pushy,” volunteer Gloria McFadden said. “When…

Five-state growers conference in St. Joseph Jan. 9-11

By Timothy Baker In less than one month, it will be time for the Great Plains Growers Conference. This is an exciting conference for horticulture producers, with many new ideas…

High tunnel workshop to be held Saturday near Richmond

A high tunnel workshop will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Dennis Crook Farm approximately 10 miles northeast of Richmond. A high tunnel is a…

Focus on Agriculture: Program helps vets transition from military to farming

By Sabrina Matteson When Dustin Ladenburger climbs up into his tractor seat these days he finds he cannot reach the pedals. That is because Dustin’s new hired man is 6-feet,…

Norborne project among those receiving USDA funds, a combined $1.5 million grant-loan to build Carrollton link

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week funding for projects in 40 states, including one in Norborne, to pay for improvements in water and wastewater systems for 200,000-plus rural residents.…