Currently, the USDA expects the prices of beef, pork, poultry and dairy to shoot up five percent next year. You can blame the drought for a lot of that increase as this summer a lot of small livestock producers are struggling just to stay in business.
A version of this story ran on KBIA's Business Beat, a weekly program about business and economics in mid-Missouri.
If you've been out of town for a little while, then you this might be news: this rain we've been getting is a rare, rare, thing. Yes, the drought has been on our minds--and our radio--all summer long and a little rain this week doesn't change the fact that it's been devastating to farmers and the economy.
As part of a new project called “Quality Beef by the Numbers,” the University of Missouri is hoping to get more cow-calf operators in Missouri and neighboring states to produce higher-quality beef from their herds. The university says the move, announced in Columbia, Mo., last week, will make ranchers more money.
City Manager, Mike Matthes, says a 5.8 million dollar plan to use rolling trash bins is not in the budget for 2013. Columbia resident, Frankie Minor, spoke at the city council meeting on behalf of a large group of people who say they oppose the program.
“There is a lot of concern that the carts are going to sit there all day being unsightly," Minor said. "They’re going to roll down hills, elderly or people with mobility issues will not be able to manipulate them as well.”
Minor questions a plan that would replace a program many Columbia citizens are satisfied with.
The U.S. corn harvest continues ahead of schedule with some states nearly half-finished at a time when they usually are just getting started.
The USDA said Tuesday in its weekly crop update that little has changed in the condition of drought-damaged corn and soybeans. That's because the plants are too far along for recent rain to make a difference.
Corn was planted several weeks earlier this year and matured more quickly in the summer heat, allowing farmers to start harvesting early.
Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke on the University of Missouri Columbia campus Tuesday to kick off her “On Our Campus, On Our Side” tour.
The Democratic incumbent told students it’s important to keep Pell Grants and federal student loans available to sustain education. McCaskill says her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin, wants to eliminate student loans and that would hurt the middle class.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-led General Assembly will face-off next week over a bill vetoed earlier this year that would have required Missouri residents to pay sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states.
The bill in question sought to reverse a State Supreme Court ruling that local sales taxes cannot be levied on out-of-state vehicle purchases. Governor Nixon says overriding the veto would result in a retroactive tax hike without a vote of the people:
Wednesday will be the eighth time -- since the school year began less than a month ago -- that some students at Columbia public schools are dismissed early because of the heat.
Jefferson and West Junior High schools don’t have air conditioning. Five Columbia elementary schools had units installed during the summer. But, Michelle Baumstark, spokesperson for Columbia Public Schools, says it may take more than a year to complete the remaining two schools.
Okay. What’s the deal with Clint Eastwood at the Republican Convention? Dirty Harry said, at the end of one of those movies: “A man’s got know his limitations.” Eastwood should have taken Dirty Harry’s advice. What were the Republicans thinking?