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Missouri Farm Bureau’s 109th annual meeting runs this Sunday through next Tuesday, following a special meeting for County Farm Bureau Presidents today. Our annual meeting is full of tried-and-true traditions. more
Just like it is for many people, the holiday season is a rough time for me. more
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The holiday season is officially upon us! With the longer days and warm weather behind us, we have just celebrated Thanksgiving. more
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“Overreach” is oft used to describe the administrative state in Washington, D.C., and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one such example of our government’s regulatory tentacles. Missourians know this all too well based on past experiences with management of the Missouri River to heighten the libido of the endangered pallid sturgeon.  more
While facing the complexities of passing meaningful reform, it is not uncommon for substantive healthcare legislation to face hurdles. Our legislature is made up of people from many diverse backgrounds and experiences. Being able to use my knowledge of the healthcare industry to advance significant reforms has been the highlight of my career as a State Representative so far. Missouri's recognition of the pressing need to enhance postpartum care for mothers marks a profound milestone in the state's pursuit of better maternal health outcomes. more
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This week, Indianapolis played host to nearly 70,000 FFA members from across the country, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These students have worked months, if not years, for the opportunity to attend the 2023 National FFA Convention. more
So if you're walkin' down the street sometime
, And spot some hollow, ancient eyes
, Please don't just pass 'em by and stare, 
As if you didn't care
, Say, "Hello in there, hello" — John Prine, “Hello in There” more
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The afternoon of September 30, 2023, came and went with its fair share of drama, including narrowly avoiding a government shutdown and the subsequent ousting of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. One significant item largely flew under the radar, which was the expiration of the 2018 Farm Bill. Despite not gaining as much media attention as a continuing resolution or the House Speaker’s removal, the expiration of the farm bill is a big deal in farm country.  more
As any dad knows, when your darling daughter looks up at you with her beautiful blue eyes and sweetly asks if she can have a kitty, it's not a question of if, it's a question of when you are getting a new pet. Earlier this summer that was the situation at the Jones Farm, when my daughter, Charlie, announced she wanted a few barn cats. more
On Oct. 7, barbaric Hamas terrorists stormed into Israel and committed the worst Jewish massacre since the Holocaust. Over a thousand civilians — mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, and babies — were murdered in cold blood by Iran-backed Hamas terrorists. more
An integral part of becoming career ready is on-the-job learning. In an ever-changing career world, internships are valuable opportunities to prepare young adults for the future. Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB) offers internships in a multitude of departments. From public affairs to accounting, MOFB is a place for students to gain job skills. In fact, this column is a small part of my own Farm Bureau internship. more
The summer of 2023 was one to remember for many farm families in Missouri. We’re accustomed to hot dry summers but my own father, who’s farmed “awhile,” says this is the worst he’s seen it since 1980. While I don’t recall the experience, he baled hay that November for a last-ditch effort to salvage forage where he could. He told me this summer that our farm ponds — which dried down to a muddy, barren mess — are worse than he’d ever seen. more
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