This week on the show ‚Äď New enforcement creates questions about whether organic certification is worth it for farmers. Plus, details about the likelihood of Missouri becoming a right to work state, and a report from Jefferson City about the possibility of Missouri switching to performance based funding for higher education.
A classroom at Columbia's Jefferson Junior High, which will be a middle school next school year. The Columbia Board of Education is considering a three-tiered system for transportation and start times at Columbia schools.
The Columbia School District's Board of Education has agreed to move forward with a three-tier transportation system for district schools. The three-tier system means that elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools will have staggered start times allowing busses to have layered pickup and dropoff times. At a regular board meeting last night, board members said the next step is getting community feedback.
The board is issuing a survey later this week asking parents, teachers, and students for feedback about the potential three-tier system.
An activist group in Columbia is looking to increase the renewable energy standards for the city.
People‚Äôs Visioning meets monthly to generate ideas to improve energy use, transportation, education and development. The Columbia Climate Change Coalition sponsors the group and now, it wants to raise Columbia‚Äôs target percentage for renewable energy.
Right now, 8 percent of the city‚Äôs energy is renewable energy. The city wants to increase the amount of renewable energy used to 15 percent by 2022.
A joint committee of Missouri House and Senate members is considering an overhaul of how the state‚Äôs colleges and universities are funded each year.¬† A first draft of recommendations was released today, and it includes basing 10 percent of an institution‚Äôs state funding on performance standards such as graduation rates.¬†
Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid plans to run for a second term and is putting extra importance on issues that he says still need resolving. McDavid thinks transportation is the key to improving Columbia‚Äôs economy in the coming years.
Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says he wants to continue the work he's begun on projects such as the Columbia Regional Airport's expansion. Pictured, McDavid makes an announcement about the airport, last March.
Volunteering programs set up in both Boone and Callaway Counties have seen an increase in families asking for assistance this holiday season.¬† And many other families and organizations have stepped in to provide the assistance.
In this week's faith and values update, we hear from Kelsey Gillespy, the Catholic writer for Columbia Faith and values. She just finished a made-at-home documentary called "This Little Light," which aims to dispel misconceptions about Christianity ‚Äď some of which she used to have herself, even though she grew up Christian.¬†
The University of Missouri has awarded $25,000 to a group of scientists, journalists and other communicators on campus who want to make their research more accessible to the wider public. To do this, some graduate student researchers are looking to the art of storytelling to help describe their work.
A long-sought proposal to extend University of Missouri worker benefits to same-sex domestic partners has been expanded to include committed couples of the opposite sex, as well as other unrelated dependent couples, such as roommates.
In Tebbetts, Mo., JJR Family Farm raised USDA-certified organic livestock without antibiotics or genetically-modified feed. ¬†After six years of raising and selling organic beef, they decided it was just too expensive to keep the certification. ¬†Rancher John Rice helped us figure out just how much it costs to raise organic beef in Missouri. ¬†
The organic farming industry is booming. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched its federal organic certification program in 2002, the number of organic farms has more than doubled. U.S. organic food sales have also grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $31.5 billion in 2011, according to the Organic Trade Association. ¬†