Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced $14 million in new funding Wednesday to help stimulate rural job growth. Small businesses across the country will get money, including a tiny airport in southern Missouri.
Nearly one million more Americans were without health insurance in 2010, compared with the year before. That’s according to new Census numbers released Tuesday, which also show the Midwest has one of the lowest rates of uninsured in the nation. But even for people who have health insurance, understanding a doctor’s orders can be an obstacle to getting good care.
Americans now know less about the main provisions of Obama’s health care reform law than they did at the end of last year. That’s according to the latest monthly poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Here in Missouri, a majority continues to oppose the law.
The second warmest summer on record is coming to a close, but states like Texas and Kansas are still gripped by high temperatures and extremely low rainfall. Now, the drought has spread north to southwestern Missouri where farmers in the parched Ozark foothills haven't seen real moisture since May.
This week: the deficit may affect the Farm Bill in 2012. We have an update on the progress of Missouri’s special legislative session. And, an MU business professor explains that two CEO’s are better than one.
When it comes to selling produce, farmers have a few options. There are grocery stores, then there are farmers markets. In Kansas City, mobile markets are even cropping up. Check out that story,here. Now, we bring you barebones farmers on wheels. Road bikes are the preferred form of travel and mode of commerce for the operators of Quail Bone Farm in Columbia, Mo.
This week: corn production is way down this year, and it’s affecting the prices of other commodities, too. Plus, an update on the special session of the state legislature, and the state’s credit rating.
Farm Aid, the music festival to benefit American family farmers, is in its 26th year. With this year’s concert scheduled for Aug. 13 in Kansas City, Kan., it’s a good time to review the event’s relevancy. What began as a response to a farm crisis has changed over time, but the goal is the same: Support farmers who are struggling.
Columbia’s fourth annual Roots N’ Blues N’ BBQ festival hits the streets of downtown this weekend. Festival officals expect to bring in 75,000 people to listen to the blues and eat barbecue from vendors from all across the country. But how much impact does the festival have on local businesses?
There are 1.6 million people living in rural Missouri, and many have a hard time accessing health care. In the 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s healthy county rankings, Hickory County in West Central Missouri is rated one of the worst in the state in terms of mental health. It’s so bad, residents say they experience just over a week’s worth of poor mental health days each month. They are also unhealthier and experience more poverty than the national average.