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Reserve Grand Champion MO State Fair steer fed MFA

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Evan Kempker, 21, of Jefferson City, Mo., won Reserve Grand Champion Steer at the 2011 Missouri State Fair. His steer weighed 1,295 pounds. Evan is the son of Dan and Diane Kempker and a member of the Eugene FFA Chapter.

Kempker sold the steer for $17,250 to MFA Incorporated along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. Kempker purchased feed from the Lohman MFA Agri Services.

Other winners who fed MFA feed included Claire Silvers of Eldorado Springs, Mo., who won overall Reserve Champion in the steer carcass contest. Silvers purchased MFA Feed from Golden City Produce Exchange. Austin Lasher of Hamilton, Mo., took grand champion honors in the lamb carcass contest. Lasher purchased feed from MFA Hamilton.

Missouri Farmers give away free groceries

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Sharon Payne of Halfway, Mo., is selected as the third and final winner in a summer campaign to increase awareness of Missouri agriculture
 
The Missouri Farmers Care coalition awarded Sharon Payne of Halfway, Mo., $500 worth of free groceries on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the MFA Bolivar Farmers Exchange in Bolivar, Mo. Payne was randomly selected as the third and final winner in an educational campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals to help make a connection between consumers and the farmers who feed them.
 
"This gift will go a long way for a family of two, so I was very excited to win this--especially in this tight economy," Payne said. "The state of the economy the last couple of years has really affected my husband's work."
 
Payne works as a bookkeeper for Independent Printing in Springfield, and her husband Michael is a self-employed floor covering installer.  The Payne family said they appreciate Missouri farmers reaching out to Missouri communities.
 
"I think some people forget that their food doesn't just come from a grocery store," Payne said. "Farmers work very hard and are the backbone of America."
 
Coordinated by Missouri's major agricultural groups and agribusiness organizations, the Missouri Farmers Care Grocery Giveaway began June 1 as part of a comprehensive outreach effort through the St. Louis Cardinals. Through the grocery giveaway promotion, MFC selected contest winners in June, July and August. Missouri consumers signed up for their chance to win at www.MoFarmersCare.com by watching videos featuring Missouri farmers and completing an online entry form.
 
Other elements of the Safe at the Plate summer education campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals include radio ads featuring Missouri farm families, videos of Cardinals mascot Fred Bird visiting four Missouri farms, an AgriMissouri™ gift basket giveaway at every Friday night home game, print advertising and promotional materials.
 
Sponsoring groups of the Safe at the Plate campaign and the Missouri Farmers Care Grocery Giveaway include the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Beef Industry Council, Midwest Dairy Association, MFA Oil, FCS Financial, Missouri Farm Bureau, MFA Incorporated and the St. Louis AgriBusiness Club.
 
 
Additional information regarding Missouri Farmers Care and Missouri agriculture can be found at www.MoFarmersCare.com.  

Never mind those new rules

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Papers, please.

Hanlon's Razor , the best I can trace it, is typically delivered: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” This keeps me from expending too much energy figuring motives when bureaucrats line up square pegs and pound at round holes. In the case of requiring farmers to comply with federal Department of Transportation commercial driver’s license rules under the Motor Carrier Safety Act, we witnessed in action just what the huge uptick in federal hiring will continue to deliver. 

As the rule changes were suggested, the normal cycle came into full view.

It goes something like this:

1) Non-elected federal rule makers float a new regulation that would turn an industry upside down.

2) Members of said industry funnel time, money and energy away from their usually productive schedule to point out how ridiculous and damaging the new rules would be.

3) Public relations professionals, lawyers and lobbyists draw up grand plans and multi-layer billing schemes to counter the proposed rules in the sphere of public opinion.

4) Mass media smells a story that will get emotional reaction from readers and viewers, dispatching staff to capture the drama. 

5) The public is duly outraged.

6) The bureaucrats at the rule-making agency respond by saying they’re just doing their jobs to make everyone’s life safer, longer and more fulfilling, but that, obviously, they never intended such a ridiculous rule be inflicted on the affected industry. 

And once that’s done, Media Matters reminds us it was all an right-wing conspiracy. Never mind that pesky Federal Register. 

It’s our great republic at work. 

MU FAPRI report on Ethanol tax credit, tariff released

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The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri released its study on the economic impact of continuing the ethanol tax credit and tariff. The study offers projections for both agricultural and biofuels markets. Download the 13 page FAPRI report here.
Below is the complete press release from University of Missouri.

MU FAPRI reports economic impact of extending ethanol tax credit, tariff
by Duane Dailey

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Extending the current ethanol tax credit and tariff would boost corn-based fuel production -- and corn prices, report University of Missouri economists. The current 45-cent tax credit for biofuel blenders and associated 54-cent tariff on ethanol imports were studied by the MU Food and Agricultural Food and Policy Research Institute (FAPRI). Economists ran “what-if” scenarios on FAPRI computer models of the U.S. farm economy. Both tax laws are due to expire Dec. 31, 2011. With incentives in place, they saw fuel production from corn go up 1.2 billion gallons a year and corn prices rise 18 cents per bushel.

Increased demand for corn as an ethanol fuel source would expand corn acreage by 1.7 million acres, said Seth Meyer, MU FAPRI economist and author of the study, released June 27. The report is available on the FAPRI website: http://fapri-mu.org/. The study considers only changes in the ethanol tax credit and tariff, but not changes in current mandates to use a set amount of biofuels,” Meyer said.

FAPRI prepares an annual 10-year baseline of agricultural production to analyze effects of policy changes on farm income. "The baseline prepared earlier this year assumed biofuel tax credit and tariff expire at the end of 2011, as provided in current law,” said Pat Westhoff, director of MU FAPRI. “This analysis looks at an alternative scenario that keeps ethanol tax credit and tariff at current levels. “There is debate about federal support of the ethanol industry,” Westhoff noted. “At a Paris meeting last week, G-20-nation trading partners raised concerns about U.S. support of biofuels. “The revised baseline gives FAPRI a tool to study proposed policy changes.” Under current energy legislation, blenders who add ethanol to gasoline receive a 45-cents-per-gallon tax credit. A 54-cent-per-gallon tariff slows import of foreign ethanol.

Our ethanol policy is complex, Westhoff explained. “When you give fuel blenders a tax credit, they keep part of the benefit and charge service stations less for blended fuels. In turn, service stations should charge consumers less for blended fuel at the pump. “At the same time, blenders can pay more to ethanol plants that in turn pay farmers more for corn. “Our work suggests that how benefits of the blender’s tax credit are shared among fuel consumers, ethanol plants and corn farmers is very sensitive to market conditions,” Westhoff said. MU FAPRI maintains computer models of all agricultural commodities. Those are used to calculate the economic impact of changes in laws and farm policies.

FAPRI is part of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.


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