Missouri Main Street Program Receives USDA Grant

Missouri’s Main Street Connection program received a nearly  $255,000 grants to provide technical assistance to eight communities throughout rural Missouri; Missouri Main Street Connection will match the award.  The eight rural Missouri communities include Albany, Brookfield, Campbell, Carthage, Fayette, Sedalia, Sparta, and Trenton.  The grant means they will receive technical assistance utilizing The Main Street Approach™, a comprehensive framework for […]

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USDA Funding For Electric Infrastructure

USDA Rural Development announced they are investing nearly 42 million dollars to build and improve critical electric infrastructure. The funding is made possible through the Electric Loan Program and will benefit more than 77,000 rural residents and commercial customers in Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska. In the local area, N.W. Electric Power Cooperative in Cameron will use a loan of more […]

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USDA Food Safety Study

USDA is in the middle of a five-year study collecting information on how the public handles food.  The results of the study will be used to teach the public better techniques for handling, cooking, and serving food as well as cross-contamination. FSIS Food Safety Director, Chris Bernstein, says they are learning what the public does and does not understand about […]

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USDA Announces $8 Million In Grant & Loans For East Locust Creek Reservoir Project

The East Locust Creek Reservoir Project is the recipient of loans and grants totaling $8 million.  The USDA is providing the $3 million grant and the $5 million loan to modernize equipment at the East Locust Creek water treatment plant. The service area for East Locust Creek Reservoir includes Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler, Grundy, Sullivan, Adair, Livingston, Linn, Macon, and Chariton […]

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Unsolicited Seed Could Be Invasive

Reports of unsolicited seed received in the mail have been received by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and other states.  The seeds are coming from other countries, including China and the surrounding area, and are delivered in packages marked as jewelry, specifically stud earrings, bracelets and other accessories. The Missouri Department of Agriculture says it is important to take steps […]

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USDA Says Beef Processing Has Increased

Beef processing numbers are going up nationwide and the USDA says that could mean lower retail prices soon.  The meat counters at the local stores are improving and USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam says the processing is near what is normally expected at this time of the year. Shagam says during May, the wholesale prices increased, but those are starting […]

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USDA Conservation Stewardship Program

The USDA reminds landowners that the annual Conservation Stewardship Program or CSP has begun the sign-up period. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), provides technical and financial assistance for farmers and ranchers looking to implement enhanced conservation practices on their operations.  They have a wide variety of conservation practices to choose from, including cover crops, resource-conserving crop rotation, grazing management, […]

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