Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and his Republican challenger Dave Spence spent Friday persuading members of the Missouri Farm Bureau to give them their endorsement. Nixon told them that he has sought relief for drought-plagued farmers, hawked Missouri farm products around the world, and stood up to his own party’s president over how much work kids can do on family farms.
Ninety years ago this May, my grandfather, Ronald Merle Phillips, and his twin brother, Robert Earl, were born on a farm near Chetopa, Kan. His twin died of influenza before their second birthday, but my grandpa is still alive and well. To celebrate that fact, 150 family and friends gathered at the community center in Parsons, Kan. last month.
Craig Rowles grew up on an Iowa farm, and like a lot of farm kids, he’s done his share of heavy lifting.
“I know what that means to carry feed in 5-gallon buckets through the mud and through the snow and through the heat,” he said. “And I understand what it takes to try to keep animals alive in those extreme kinds of temperatures.”
The Missouri treasurer's office will have a team at the State Fair to help people determine if they have any unclaimed property being held by the state.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office has about $700 million in unclaimed property. Members of his office's unclaimed property team will be at the Mathewson Exhibition Center throughout the fair.
The fair runs was opening Thursday and runs through Aug. 19.
Zweifel says more than 400 account owners found $90,000 at the fair last year. People can also search for unclaimed property on the treasurer's website.
Victory has resulted in some immediate financial support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence.
The Republican Governors Association gave $1.5 million to its Missouri affiliate Wednesday — a day after Spence easily won a four-way Republican primary for the right to challenge Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. The Missouri political action committee can either pass the money on to Spence's campaign or spend it directly to support him or oppose Nixon. The national group also gave the Missouri affiliate $250,000 in late July.