Rural Mainstreet Index Halts To Neutral Growth In August, KS and MO Indexes Sink

Posted August 17, 2023 Creighton University released its Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) report for August showing the region slumped to growth neutral and both Kansas and Missouri experienced drops in the month. After four straight months of above-growth neutral readings,… more

Smithfield Foods to Close 35 Missouri Hog Farms

Posted August 9, 2023 Smithfield Foods Inc. will close operations and lay off more than 90 workers in northwestern Missouri later this fall, according to the state's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the pork processor announced this week. Smithfield… more

Bunge Enters Multi Billion Agri-Trading Merger With Viterra

Saint Louis food company Bunge Ltd. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Netherlands-based Viterra Ltd., in an effort to create an agribusiness powerhouse. The mega deal will create a global agribusiness company to compete in complex markets… more

New Refrigerated Warehouses Planned

Kansas City’s logistics scene has been red-hot for a long time, but there will soon be a chill in the air. No, not because things are slowing down; it’s coming from a new collaboration between Canadian Pacific Kansas City and… more

Agriculture Survey Shows Regional Growth, Farmland Price Dips

Creighton University released its Rural Mainstreet Index report for May indicating overall growth for the Midwest region while varying in different sectors for Kansas and Missouri. The survey's 10-state region overall reading for May climbed to 55.8 from April’s 50.1.… more

Q&A with Richard Linton, KSU President

Q: What made the K-State opportunity the right fit for you at this point in your career? A: I’ve been strategically thinking about my career for long time. Fifteen years ago, when I was a part of the Food Systems… more

Seaboard pays $28.3 million for California ethanol plant

Merriam, Kan.-based Seaboard Corp. has bought a California ethanol production plant from Alto Ingredients Inc. in Sacramento.  The definitive agreement to acquire the plant is said to have cost $28.3 million. Seaboard is a multinational agribusiness, fuel and transportation company.… more

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