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50 Kansans You Should Know: The Class of 2020

The 50 individuals you’ll meet in the following pages bring to an even 500 the number of Sunflower State residents from all walks of life who have been singled out for their over-sized contributions to business success, civic engagement, philanthropic… more

$19B Farmer Relief Detailed

The Department of Agriculture released details on how the $19 billion in relief for farmers will be given out to recipients. Farmers that have suffered a loss of five percent or more are eligible for up to $250,000 per person.… more

Producer Price Index Sees Biggest-Ever Drop

The Producer Price Index fell 1.3 percent in April, the biggest decline in the history of the report, said the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "In April, over 80 percent of the decrease in the final demand index can be… more

U.S. Trade Deficit Grows Nearly 12%

The U.S. trade deficit increased 11.6 percent in March, bringing it up to $44.4 billion, a $4.6-billion rise from February. Meanwhile, the year-over-year increase in the trade deficit for the period was up 17.8 percent. The March deficit was reportedly… more

Missouri Pork Association: Millions of Pigs to be Euthanized

Though the Missouri Pork Association (MPA) applauded President Trump's signing of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to extend funding to pork producers, problems apparently lie ahead. "Hog values have plummeted, and hog farmers are facing liquidation of their farms without… more

Smithfield Foods Closing Martin City Plant

Smithfield Foods is indefinitely closing its Martin City plant, which employs about 400 workers. The move follows the closure of a Sioux Falls, S.D. plant, which is considered one of the biggest COVID-19 hotspots in the United States, where hundreds… more

KU Pushes for Less Restaurant Food Waste

One lesson a team of students and faculty at the University of Kansas hopes we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic is how to reduce food waste at restaurants once they reopen.  The group has made a collaboration to determine what… more

U.S. Job Report Strong Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The global coronavirus outbreak hasn't hurt the strong U.S. labor market ... yet. Unemployment in February dropped slightly, to 3.5 percent from 3.6 percent in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, national payrolls rose by 273,000… more

DFA Purchasing Dean Foods for $425M

Dairy Farmers of America, the largest private company by revenue based in the Kansas City area, is buying Dallas-based Dean Foods, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, for $425 million.  The deal would give DFA 44 of Dean's… more

Tallgrass Energy Accepts $4B Investor Buyout

Leawood-based Tallgrass Energy, LP, is selling its outstanding stock to an investor group that includes an arm of private-equity firm Blackstone and Spain-based energy corporation Enagas, and others, for just over $4 billion. The investors are paying $22.45 each for… more