missouri department of agriculture

5:24 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Rep. Guernsey drops hostile workplace hearing

Representative Casey Guernsey
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Republican House leaders had pledged an investigation after allegations of a hostile workplace were made against the directors of Missouri's agriculture and labor departments, but that now appears unlikely to happen.

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3:35 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Speaker Jones creates committee to investigate Dept. of Agriculture

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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones has announced membership for a committee tasked with investigating allegations of a hostile work environment in the Department of Agriculture.

The 15-member committee will have 10 Republicans and five Democrats. It is led by Republican Casey Guernsey, of Bethany, and the vice chairman will be Stanley Cox, of Sedalia.

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4:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

New Mo. House panel to probe agriculture agency

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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7:50 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Mo. agriculture director defends departure

Jon Hagler
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The former director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture is denying allegations that he created a hostile workplace.

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4:37 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Mo. House panel to look into hostility claims

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Missouri's Republican House leader wants a legislative hearing on allegations of a hostile workplace in parts of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

House Speaker Tim Jones said Friday that he has asked the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee to convene a hearing on the issue. That comes after former employees in the departments of agriculture and labor recently went public with assertions of intimidation and discrimination by former department directors.

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8:20 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Deputy director replaced at Mo. Agriculture Dept.

More personnel changes are being made at the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

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5:57 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Hagler replaced as director Mo. agriculture agency

Jon Hagler.
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Gov. Jay Nixon has replaced the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Nixon announced Friday that department director Jon Hagler had been replaced effective immediately.

The governor's announcement offered no explanation. But the change comes one day after the department's associate director for meat and poultry inspection distributed a letter saying she was resigning because of a hostile and disrespectful work environment.

Spokespeople for Nixon and the Agriculture Department did not return messages seeking further comment Friday.

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5:18 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Sale of E-15 gas rejected -- for now

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Missouri gas stations will not be selling E-15 anytime soon.

A joint House-Senate committee voted Wednesday to reject a rule change sought by the State Agriculture Department that would have allowed sales of fuel containing 15 percent ethanol. Republican Senator Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County chairs the committee and said its vote had nothing to do with its opinion on increasing ethanol use in Missouri.

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8:54 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Proposed Mo. rule allowing more ethanol in gas faces challenge

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Missouri lawmakers are weighing a challenge to a proposed rule that could allow greater amounts of ethanol in gasoline.

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5:13 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Statewide quarantine for ash wood products grows

The emerald ash borer population has expanded across the state of Missouri.
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The expansion of the tree-killing emerald ash borer into new areas means ash wood can now be transported freely within Missouri.

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5:07 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mo. department of agriculture warns against spread of pine shoot beetles

The pine beetle is a destructive, invasive species of that feeds on the shoots of pine trees.
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  The Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced an expansion of a quarantine area on pine products to Adair and Clark counties. The quarantine prohibits the distribution of pine products as an attempt to reduce the spread of the Pine Shoot Beetles.  

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7:26 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Various Mo. state fees may increase

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Missouri's Republican-led Legislature put a priority on cutting taxes this year. But the same lawmakers who passed a $700 million income tax cut also approved numerous little-known fee increases.

One of those measures could increase fees on driver's licenses and vehicle registrations, costing Missourians almost $22 million annually. Another bill would impose fees on mailed-in speeding traffic tickets, affecting an estimated 170,000 cases annually.

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7:57 am
Tue May 28, 2013

New licensing rules ease requirements for farmers market egg vendors

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture says it has lessened licensing requirements for farmers' market merchants and roadside vendors selling eggs more directly to consumers.

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4:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

National Pork Month is on the horizon

October is National Pork Month, but Missouri has already begun its celebrations.

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5:12 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

MO Department of Agriculture Awards Grant to Local Businesses

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $1 million in grants to local agricultural businesses. The funding will help businesses conduct studies to find the best way to turn by-products into more valuable end-products.

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