The presidential candidates have yet to meet in a face-to-face debate. But last week in Des Moines, Iowa, ag leaders witnessed a preview of sorts during a Presidential Forum on Agriculture held in advance of the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
Two small items in the New York Times from the Democratic Convention caught my eye. The first was that Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of Chicago, is now leading a Democratic SuperPac, one of those new types of fund-raising organizations, trying to pry big dollars loose from liberal donors. Some of these donors have refrained out of principled opposition to SuperPacs. Others have more personal reasons. For example, George Soros has taken a pass because he could not get face time with President Obama. So it will be a tough sell.
Several agricultural projects in Missouri are benefiting from a state grant program aimed at boosting the economies in rural areas of the state.
The Missouri Value-Added Grant Program announced this week that it’s granting $370,000 to six agricultural business projects across the state. The program is funded through the Missouri Agriculture and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) and gives funding based on creation and development in rural agricultural business.
The latest Department of Economic Development report shows there were almost 18,000 new jobs in Missouri in August. The manufacturing industry added the most jobs with an increase of nearly 5,000 new positions.
Missouri Department of Economic Development spokesperson John Fougere says Missouri’s progress in job creation continues to grow following a big drop during the recession.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has begun running a TV ad linking Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to President Barack Obama.
The ad that began airing Tuesday criticizes the Democratic governor for implementing Obama's economic stimulus act in Missouri and shows pictures of Obama and Nixon together. Spence's ad claims that the stimulus has failed and that Missouri's economy is poor.
Nixon's campaign manager claimed Spence is running a "dishonest and desperate" campaign. Nixon asserts that Missouri's economy has been improving.
The Butternut Bread plant in Boonville is going bankrupt and is asking 80 employees to take an 8 percent pay cut along with reductions in company-paid pensions.
Frank Hurt, President of The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), says employees have an obvious decision to make, and they will not choose the pay cut.
Mayor Bob McDavid says he now has secured $3 million in pledges to attract a new airline to the Columbia Regional Airport. Roughly half of the money comes from the city. The rest is from private business interests, the Boone County Commission and MU.
McDavid says the new destinations will be big boost for businesses in Columbia, but also for people connected to the University of Missouri