Tag Archives: USDA

USDA Announces January Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers First 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. DMC, which replaces the […]

USDA  Safety-Net Payments for Scotland County Could Surpass $670,000 for 2017 Crops

USDA Missouri Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Brent Hampy, announced that more than $86 million will be paid to Missouri farms that enrolled in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for 2017 market downturns. Additionally, Missouri FSA will distribute more than $102 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to […]

USDA Invests $12.3 Million in Northeast Missouri’s Rural Electric Infrastructure

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case announced a $12.3 million investment for the Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative Association to improve rural electric infrastructure in seven counties in northeast Missouri. “Investing in modern rural electric infrastructure increases economic opportunity and improves the quality of life in rural communities,” […]

USDA Invests $13.7 Million in NEMR Telecom Rural Broadband Infrastructure Upgrade

On August 1st Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $97 million in 12 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 11 states, including Missouri.  “A person’s location should not determine whether he or she has access to modern communications infrastructure,” Secretary Perdue said. “That is […]

Memphis Volunteer Firefighters Awarded Federal Grant for New Gear  

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill announced $12,600 in federal funding has been awarded to the Memphis Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of 12 sets of new gear. “Ensuring our first responders have the very best equipment is essential—it saves lives and protects the brave men and women who sacrifice so much to keep our communities […]

USDA Community Facilities Program Helping Scotland County Secure New Motor Grader

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett on June 27th announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $237 million in 119 rural community service facilities in 29 states.  Missouri State Director Jeff Case is pleased to announce that over $2 million will improve rural Missouri communities, including Scotland County “At […]

Memphis City Council Approves Major Sewer Rate Increases of 2018

If you’ve ever felt like you flushed money down the drain, well it’s now going to be even more costly. Faced with a looming $4.5 million upgrade to the municipal lagoon and waste-water treatment system, the Memphis City Council on Thursday night unanimously approved a significant sewer rate increase. The council voted 4-0 to increase […]

Conservation Groups Help Hire New Land Management Specialist for Region

Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and its partners are pleased to announce the expansion of the Missouri Farm Bill Biologist Partnership with the hiring of three new positions throughout the state. The biologists – Wes Buchheit, Bryan O’Connor, and Wesley Hanks – will assist landowners in designing, developing, and funding habitat improvements on private lands through […]

Drought Lands Scotland County USDA Primary Natural Disaster Area Designation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Davis, Henry, Keokuk and Van Buren counties in Iowa as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Iowa also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are: Appanoose, Jefferson, Mahaska, Wapello, Des […]

Rural Water New Supply Line, Automated Meter System Upgrades Now Underway

  Construction and installation work has begun on a two-part upgrade to the Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1 of Scotland County that will produce more than 13.6 miles of new eight inch supply line while upgrading the district’s more than 1,300 meters to new automated devices. Shane Poe Construction began work this week on […]