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JEFFERSON CITY — The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Research Center on Monday released its latest COVID-19 survey on how the pandemic has affected small businesses. This is … more
Missouri Rural Crisis Center recently sent in comments to the Biden Administration and USDA in response to their request for comments to “improve and reimagine the supply chains for the production, … more
Fewer Missouri children were living in economically vulnerable households when the pandemic disrupted the economy than at the end of the Great Recession. The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2021 KIDS COUNT … more
Baseball is a magnificent game. From the bright lights, rich traditions and smell of hot dogs found at a big league stadium to the loud pop of a mitt in the backyard, the sport is ingrained in all of … more
Leaders are the life-blood of small towns and rural communities. The success or failure of community development efforts often rests with the degree of leadership local residents are willing to … more
There is a fight going on over the heart of our democracy, and I worry that democracy is losing. Over the last few months, several states have moved decisively to make it harder for their citizens … more
Having proposed trillions of dollars of additional federal spending, President Joe Biden and allies have launched a belated and somewhat desperate search for additional tax revenues. The economic … more
In 1937, after a series of rulings undercutting his New Deal legislation, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed expanding the Supreme Court to as many as 15 justices. His attempt to use brute … more
Senators Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., recently introduced legislation that would allow licensed medical professionals to provide treatment in any state through the remainder of the … more
Rural residents and farmers understand the importance of good roads and bridges. It’s the reason why Missouri Farm Bureau has long supported essential funding for our state and local highway … more
In recent years, black vultures have been extending their range into southern Missouri. A cousin of the more-common turkey vulture, these aggressive birds with a five-foot wingspan are now a common … more
While playing politics with healthcare in Missouri is certainly nothing new, holding Missouri Medicaid hostage over basic birth control is a stunning — and consequential — shift. As captured … more
In the 1960s anti-war activists adopted songs like the Eve of Destruction and For What It’s Worth as their anthems. Disenchanted youth feared that the world was on the verge of collapse; we were … more
Cities are places where diverse groups of people cluster, their ideas feeding off one another to create innovations that often change our lives in dramatic ways. It is not surprising that a very … more
As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to … more
Many often remember an encounter with someone they’ve known for a long time. My first meeting with Mr. Charles Feagan occurred upon arrival at Owens- ville High School in the early 60’s as a … more
Brutal. Miserable. Those were a couple of words (among others) used to describe the recent Arctic blast. As farmers and ranchers, we know dealing with the elements is part of the job, but that … more
I fell and broke my wrist on Feb. 10. The ambulance took me to the emer- gency room at Hermann Area District Hospital. I ended up having surgery on Feb. 18. They did not have any beds at either of … more
A global pandemic illustrates how agriculture impacts our lives now more than ever. Thanks to farmers in Missouri and around the world, consumers have food choices, clothing, transportation, shelter … more
Late February in Missouri is cold, as in negative-temperatures-in-the-evening cold. The recent cold snap has made calving season especially difficult for farmers and ranchers, many of whom have had … more
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