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Statement by Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn

“The last month has been packed full with positive news on agriculture trade. There’s no better time than the holiday season for my fellow farmers and ranchers in Missouri to receive the great news from Washington today that we are one step closer to ratifying the gold standard trade agreement that is USMCA. “We know

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State of Missouri awarded competitive grant to improve early learning

Governor Mike Parson announced that the State of Missouri has received a $33.5 million grant aimed at coordinating a more effective, high-quality early learning system that better prepares Missouri children for success. The “Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5)” provides funding over three years to implement an interagency effort to provide regional access

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BBB advice on gift returns

Returning or exchanging presents has become part of the holiday routine for many of us. The good news? You can make it a lot easier by following Better Business Bureau advice. First of all, when you buy things, make sure you understand a store or website’s return policy and procedure. Stores aren’t legally required to

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Missouri’s young children rapidly losing health coverage

Missouri’s youngest children are losing health care coverage at an alarming rate, according to an analysis released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The drastic increase in both the number and rate of Missouri children under age 6 without insurance leaves kids vulnerable at a time of critical brain development and

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Food security remains a critical issue, according to the 2019 Missouri Hunger Atlas

About 865,000 Missourians are food insecure, according to a new report from the University of Missouri according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, a community economic development specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “The Missouri Hunger Atlas,” published every three years by the University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, assesses food insecurity and hunger for

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Treasurer Fitzpatrick recognizes fifth anniversary of ABLE Act

Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick today recognized the fifth anniversary of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act being signed into law on December 19, 2014. “The ABLE Act laid the important groundwork for state programs, like MO ABLE, which have been game changers for individuals with disabilities. By allowing individuals with disabilities to

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Governor Parson applauds progress on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement

Today, Governor Mike Parson issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): “President Trump, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer continue to deliver positive news on the trade front,” Governor Parson said. “As a proud farmer, I know that Missouri is

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BBB holiday gift card buying

As the number of holiday shopping days ticks down, you may be considering gift cards for friends or relatives who have everything or those who live far away. Gift cards are an easy solution to people who are hard-to-please or already have everything. And they’re everywhere – at the drugstore, supermarket, quick shop and department

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How to care for a Christmas tree

A live Christmas tree can drink up to two gallons of water a day, so check it frequently. A fresh tree kept in water should last four to five weeks. Steps to a safer, longer-lasting tree Holiday celebrations often center around the Christmas tree. Picking the right tree and caring for it properly can ensure

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians On Friday morning, I attended Coffee with the Superintendent of Osceola Schools. The morning started with an introduction and update of Osceola students that will be participating on the Special Olympics team. Special Olympics has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition to adults and children with special needs for years.

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