Ethanol is an up and down industry, and right now it’s down. Ethanol plants in at least 13 states have stopped running over recent months because of higher corn prices and lower demand for the biofuel. The industry is trying to change the equation by putting more of the ethanol in gasoline. But as Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media reports, ethanol critics are pushing back.
The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) heard about University of Missouri (MU) research on Friday on subjects such as genetically-modified cassava, food contamination in the global supply chain and root biology in relation to drought. About three dozen professors, economists, students and scientists attended the public meeting at the university's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo.
The new "incentive budgeting" technique has resulted in a $1.9 million surplus in the City of Columbia's budget. City council members discussed Monday ways the money could be spent, including street and sidewalk repairs, the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home renovation and adding more wheelchair accessible entrances.
The council did not vote on any measure, but said it agrees on rewarding the city for saving money.
A pair of bears remains at the center of Missouri's state flag, even though hunting and human encroachment nearly wiped out the state's bear population by the 1940s.
Now, the bears are back in good numbers. The state Conservation Department estimates Missouri has about 225 black bears.
Conservation officials arrived at that preliminary figure based on a research project that began in 2010. The department has trapped and tagged 61 adult bears with radio collars and has collected fur samples from 141 bears that crossed wire "hair snares" to get to bait.
In late February, Jefferson City revealed it was facing a nearly $1.7 million dollar budget shortfall. Jefferson City Council members Monday voted unanimously in favor of bill 2012-148 which adjusts the city’s 2012-2013 budget.