Love note from Jeff City

Posted April 2, 2015 at 10:42 am

My Fellow Missourians,

We have passed the mid-way point in this year’s legislative session. The following is a list of priority bills with short summaries of each, that have been passed by the House to date:

Worker Freedom Legislation (HB 116 – Burlison) – For the first time in Missouri’s history, a chamber of the General Assembly passed a Right-to-Work bill and sent it to the other side of the building. The bill simply gives workers the freedom to choose whether to join a union.

Voter ID Legislation (HJR 1 and HB 30 – Dugger) – Two pieces of legislation – one a proposed constitutional amendment and the other a statutory change – that would put in place a requirement designed

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    Visiting Bingham’s artistic roots

    by Tom Uhlenbrock

    In a December 1858 edition, the Marshall Weekly Democrat noted that artist George Caleb Bingham was returning to Missouri from Europe after completing paintings of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

    “They are to be suspended in the Capitol at Jefferson City,” the story reported, “and it is said are masterpieces of art, securing immortal fame to the artist.”

    Immortal means forever, and Bingham’s fame, so far, has lasted more than 150

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    USDA extends ARC and PLC deadlines

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres will be April 7.

    “This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated yield and base acres, and 90 percent

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    Who will speak up?

    by Jeremie Nothdurft

    In January, my wife, Laura, and I extended our trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual conference in San Diego to see more of California. Neither of us had been there before. It was quite an experience for a farm boy from southeast Missouri; never in my life have I ever seen so many nuts – groves of macadamia, almond, pistachio and walnut trees.

    Acre after acre of vegetable crops, vineyards, row crops, citrus orchards, dairy farms and beef cattle were scattered on

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    Making math fun for children can lead to college and career success

    Getting a child interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can have positive life impacts. It can even lead to college and career success according to Janice Emery, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “Even if you don’t consider yourself strong in STEM skills, you can help your child develop strong skills and a positive attitude in these subjects,” said Emery.

    National research demonstrates the importance of getting American children interested in STEM subject. Policy-makers are attempting to address our collective STEM issues as

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    Spice up your cooking with Turmeric

    Turmeric is a golden colored culinary spice used commonly in curry dishes. It gives mustard that bright yellow shade and has been commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine for its health properties.

    Human research shows turmeric may be effective for improving an upset stomach, and for reducing osteoarthritis pain. In some studies, the effectiveness of the herb compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals according to a National Institutes of Health report.

    Other early evidence suggests benefits for Alzheimer’s disease, colorectal cancer, gum disease, Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel

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    How Medicar covers in-home care

    Dear Savvy Senior

    How does Medicare cover home health care? Because of my illness, my doctor suggested I get home health care, but I want to find out how it’s covered before I proceed.

    Need Some Help

    Dear Need,

    Medicare covers a wide variety of intermittent in-home health care services (usually up to 28 hours per week) to beneficiaries, if you meet their specific requirements. Here’s how it works.

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    Love note from Jeff City

    My Fellow Missourians,

    My In-District activity began at the Cedar County Farm Bureau meeting Thursday evening. The program was on Missouri’s fencing law. Our state has two fencing laws. One is the general fence law and the other is the local option. Cedar County citizens will vote this April election to decide if they want to adopt a change from the current general fence law to the local option. Currently, there are 18 Missouri counties, most of which have high numbers of livestock with the local option.

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    Bill vital to viability and success of farming

    Before the 2015 session even began, I and other lawmakers vowed to again take up the omnibus agricultural bill that was approved last year. The bill was ultimately struck down by the governor because of controversial language involving captive deer. The proposals within that bill were critical to safeguarding the future of Missouri’s agricultural industry, making it one of our highest priorities this year.

    By the final week of January, the Senate had approved Senate Bill 12, which contains numerous sections to

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    Excess sugar: Not so sweet for your health

    As a nation, craving something “sweet” seems to be a food pattern that has gotten out of control according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “Most of us have a craving for something sweet now and then. However, a little bit of sugar from a morning Danish or latte can have you craving more a few hours later. It’s too easy to continue to reach for a sugary drink or snack to energize us,” said Duitsman.

    Americans consume an average of 22

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