Category Archives: Missouri Farm Loans

St. Louis Residents Criticize Local Farms

Urban farming operations in St. Louis, Missouri, are incurring the ire of local residents. The disagreement could threaten St. Louis’ urban farming operations and could have broader repercussions in the urban farm movement. For the last several years, urban farming has been increasingly popular in economically depressed towns and...
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Farmers Respond to Farm Bill

Farmers across the country are reacting to the House farm bill and many of those reactions are surprisingly negative. For more than a year, farmers have been struggling to convince legislators to pass a new five-year farm bill. Despite broad support in the Senate, farmers have run into repeated brick walls in the House as fiscal...
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More tax breaks for ND Wind Farms?

Three bills have passed through the Senate and the House, they are currently awaiting the North Dakota governor's okay. The bills provide more incentives to produce wind energy. If the bills complete the process, tax credits for the production of wind will be extended until 2015. The bills will lower property tax on wind farms to 1.5...
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Missouri Increases Acreage

According to the Prospective Plantings report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Missouri will lead America in the highest increase of the percentage of corn acreages. The total 3.05 million acres of corn will surpass last year’s 2.8 million acres by 9 percent. Overall the country has decreased by 1 percent with a total of...
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Missouri House Passes Bill

A new bill has passed in Missouri’s house giving Missouri dairy farmers a tax break. The only problem is some lawmakers do not understand why all agricultural producers do not get the same deal. The bill will allow each dairy cow farmer to claim an annual state tax credit up to...
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Missouri Farmers Continue Planting

Missouri farmers are taking advantage of the first dry streak of the season. Officials warn residents of Palmyra to expect an abundance of farm equipment on the road in the next few weeks. The warm, sunny weather is absolutely necessary because corn has not been planted yet. The delay in planting could cause a negative effect...
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Organic Farming in Missouri

Missouri Organic farmers are eligible for national funding that is to be used to help farmers transition into organic farming. $50 million are available nationwide from the USDA for organic farming costs. Organic farming is a growing trend across the country and officials want to gather data to know just how popular it is. The Missouri Organic Association...
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Chromium 6

Chromium 6 was found last week in soil from a northwest Missouri farm according to state and federal environmental agencies. Although the finding has been confirmed, officials said there is no potential for health risks. “We’ll know a lot more after the next round of testing,” Scott Clardy of Missouri’s Department of Health and...
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First Wind Farm Breaks Ground

Wind Capital Group has broken ground on a wind farm loacted at Lost Creek Wind Farm in northwest Missouri. This wind farm is the first of its kind in Missouri. Developers expect the 100 wind turbines to produce 150 megawatts of electricity that will provide 50,000 homes with power. "We hope that with this...
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Specialty Mushrooms

The University of Missouri is encouraging farmers to experiment with a new crop- specialty mushrooms. During economic hardships, like the one touching the agricultural industry, it is no secret one of the best ways to avoid financial turbulence is trying new crops. People are fickle so their tastes are constantly changing. Fred Fry owns...
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Missouri Comes in Number 3

A national survey of wind energy said Missouri is the third state to have the highest amount of wind power generated during the second quarter of the year. The completion of Farmers City wind farm near Tarkio adds 146 megawatts of wind farm capacity to the state according to The American Wind Energy Association. The state...
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Theft Increases

The saying goes "desperate times call for desperate measures," and this economic downward spiral has made an impact on agriculture theft. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has created the Livestock and Farm Protection Task Force to deal with the large increase in theft of animals, machinery and motor vehicles. Over the past three years...
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Missouri Counties Declared Disaster Areas

The USDA has accepted 28 Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas. Adair, Caldwell, Carroll, Cedar, Crawford, Daviess, DeKalb, Dunklin, Gentry, Harrison, Knox, Laclede, Marion, Mercer, Mississippi, Montgomery, New Madrid, Nodaway, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Ripley, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan, Warren and Worth counties have been designated due to strong winds, excessive rain and...
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Missouri Farms Exempt From Rules

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is asking the Missouri Department of Transportation to waive regulations to help farmers complete harvests quicker. Farmers are behind harvesting following days of heavy rain. With increased costs and farmers' fears, the rain is putting a heavy stress on farmers to complete harvests. The failure to complete...
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Missouri Farmers Surveyed

The USDA will be surveying Missouri farmers during the first two weeks of November. The USDA is polling farmers to see if they expect to meet their yield expectations this year. The information will be used in a report that will be released in January. The report will be used to...
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Missouri House Rejects Tax Plan

The Missouri House has rejected a proposal that suggests land values of farmers with the best land receive a tax increase and those who have less fertile land receive a tax break. The tax would be based on number reported by farms known as "productive levels." Each farm is then placed in one of eight categories....
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Farm Bureau Federation Board Introduces New Leaders

Four state Farm Bureau presidents were elected to the Farm Bureau Federation Board at the 92nd Annual Meeting. Black Hurt of Missouri, Pat Langenfelder of Maryland, Randy Knight of Mississippi and Paul Wenger of California were all chosen to join the board. Hurst represents the Midwest, Langenfelder represents the north, Knight represents the south and Wenger...
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Loans Available for the Socially Disadvantaged

The Missouri Farm Service Agency has farm loans available for women and minorities who wish to start family-farms. These low-rate loans are available to applicants who are U.S. citizens, have good credit and are unable to get credit through other lenders.  Applicants must also have business or farming training and education...
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Vilsack Announces new Program

At the Craig Evans family farm Tom Vilsack unveiled federal assistance that may be helpful for young farmers. Near Lathrop, Missouri Vilsack announced that there is $17 million available in grants for beginning farmers or ranchers. Vilsack said, “Generation, after generation, after generation pass on not just the farm, not just the farmstead,...
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Seven Counties Receive Federal Aid

At a time when people see no light at the end of the tunnel, for some Missouri farmers there is. Seven southwest Missouri counties are now eligible for federal farm aid due to the declaration of a federal disaster according to a press release. Barry County, Howell County, McDonald County, Oregon County, Ozark County, Stone County and Taney...
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