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

Small businesses in Missouri to receive millions in grant funds through new program

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced a new Small Business Grant Program that could provide up to $30 million for Missouri small businesses, according to a Tuesday news release from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Designed to… more

Mid-America economy in June shows an advance above growth neutral

June survey highlights from the Mid-America Business Conditions Index show that for a ninth straight month, the overall index rose above growth neutral. On average, bankers estimated that farmland prices declined by 4.0 percent over the past 12 months and… more