Agriculture


Orscheln Farm and Home sells in $297M cash deal

Missouri-based and family-owned Orscheln Farm and Home has been acquired in a $297 million all-cash deal. The decades-old company was bought by rural lifestyle retailer Tractor Supply Company, which will add 167 Orscheln stores across 11 states.  “For more than… more

Mo. Rural Mainstreet index climbs to regional high

Missouri and Kansas showed growth in Creighton University’s February Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI). The Show-Me state rose to 66.2 from January’s 63.6, a regional high. The Kansas RMI for February increased to 55.9 from 53.6 in January. February was also… more

January Rural Mainstreet Index ticks up in Mo. and Kan., bankers concerned about inflation in 2021

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) climbed above growth neutral across the 10-state region. The overall index for January rose to 52.0 from December’s 51.6 (the index ranges between 0 and 100 with a reading of 50.0 representing growth… more

Farmland price index rises, sees largest growth since 2013

For the second time in the past three months, the Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) climbed above growth neutral. According to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy,… more

Missouri receives $25 million for reservoir project

Missouri has received additional funding for its long-slated reservoir project located in the north-central region of the state. In the works since 2018, the East Locust Creek Reservoir Project most recently brought in an additional $25 million from the U.S.… more

Missouri receives $1 million investment in rural business development

The tail-end of September and beginning of October brought good news for rural organizations and businesses in Missouri, the state receiving just over $1 million in funding for rural business development. An investment of $1,068,984 has been given to Missouri… more

Missouri agricultural producers receive investment through grant program

An investment has been donated to Missouri agricultural producers through a grant program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Last week, the Trump Administration and USDA Rural Development State Director for Missouri, Jeff Case, announced $712,374 in grants will… more

The 2020 Ingram’s 250

Time for some Ingram’s 250 math: What’s i250 x 5? If you came up with 1,250, hats off to your grade-school math teachers—their lessons clearly took hold. But with this being the fifth year of our recognition of the 250… more

MU Extension and SBDC partner to help farmers through challenges brought on by COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 has affected U.S. residents near and far, whether urban or rural. Farmers are no exception, and the University of Missouri Extension and Missouri’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have started working together to help farmers facing… more

Missouri State Fair cancels less than a month out

Increasing COVID-19 cases have led to the cancelation of yet another event for Missourians, this time an announcement released stating the cancellation of the Missouri State Fair. This year the fair will have a youth livestock show instead of hosting… more