Columbia residents who want to buy local fruits and vegetables, but have trouble getting to the farmers market will be able to get there more easily by bus starting next month, thanks to a new USDA grant.
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Restaurant owner Jim Koetting says he has barely had to raise prices since he opened in 2003, but with beef prices increasing, he'll have to soon. (Jessica Naudziunas/Harvest Public Media)
Koetting sells choice cuts of meat for to-go orders and catering events -- two services that might increase in price in order to combat price spikes in beef. (Jessica Naudziunas/Harvest Public Media)
Regular beef shoppers might have to turn to less expensive protein like pork and chicken until the cattle industry recovers from a profit-squeezing crisis that has kicked up beef prices. (Jessica Naudziunas/Harvest Public Media)
Missouri lawmakers have rejected a plan that would have increased property taxes on the state's best farmland.
Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight categories based on land quality. The State Tax Commission recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.
The Senate voted 19-8 on Thursday to reject the proposal. The property tax changes were for 2013 and 2014.