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New Mo. House panel to probe agriculture agency

Nov 5, 2013

A new Missouri House committee will look into allegations of a hostile work environment in the Department of Agriculture.

House Speaker Tim Jones said Tuesday he is "deeply concerned" about the allegations against former Agriculture Director Jon Hagler. He says the new investigatory committee will be led by Rep. Casey Guernsey, a Republican from Bethany.

Gov. Jay Nixon replaced Hagler as department director Oct. 11. That was one day after a high-ranking department employee resigned while distributing a letter alleging Hagler created an atmosphere of intimidation and fear.

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Farmers in a dozen Missouri counties could be eligible for emergency loans through the U.S. Agriculture Department for damage from severe spring weather.

Mo. wineries bloom over past decade

Dec 13, 2012
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A University of Missouri researcher says the number of wineries in the state more than tripled over the past decade.