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Made For Agriculture podcast interviews TFmag editor Allison Jenkins

Made for agriculture co-host Emily Beck interviews two guests for this episode of Made For Agriculture. First, she speaks with Pam Hiller, coordinator of two MFA foundations that give out scholarships and community grants. Alert – The MFA Foundation Scholarship deadline is Feb. 15th, 2024.

Then Emily interviews Today’s Farmer Magazine editor Allison Jenkins about the MFA member magazine redesign then talks about the latest articles.


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Intro - The scholarship deadline is Feb. 15, 2024
3:30 - Apply at,
6:30 - Foundation History
7:00 - Types of charitable giving

8:00 - MFA Charitable Foundation 

8:50 - Funded Projects

10:00 - Smaller grant focus and projects

12:00 - How to apply,
15:10 - Today’s Farmer magazine editor Allison Jenkins
15:45 - Magazine History 116 years old

17:00 - Stories, features, mission & values.

20:30 - New design, New features
22:00 - February Issue stories

23:00 - How to Subscribe

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Governor’s order restricts foreign purchase of farmland near Missouri military sites

Citing “heightened concerns regarding ownership of Missouri farmland by foreign adversaries,” Gov. Mike Parson issued an executive order Jan. 3 to ban individuals and businesses from certain nations from purchasing agricultural property within a 10-mile radius of critical military facilities in the state.

“We are signing this order to safeguard our military and intelligence assets, prevent security threats to our state, and give Missourians greater peace of mind,” Gov. Parson said in a press conference. “When it comes to China and other foreign adversaries, we must take commonsense precautions.”

The order applies to all staffed military facilities in Missouri and does not affect existing landowners. Nations currently classified as foreign adversaries include China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia and Venezuela.

Currently, foreign agricultural land purchases are capped at 1% of the total agricultural land across the state. This new executive order creates more stringent requirements for these purchases and requires approval from the Missouri Department of Agriculture prior to any foreign acquisitions of agricultural land.

In announcing the order, Gov. Parson emphasized that this does not impact Missouri’s valued economic partnerships with foreign allies, especially those that have a longstanding presence in the state. In the last five years alone, foreign investment in Missouri has totaled nearly $19 billion and provided some 150,000 jobs.

The entire executive order can be viewed online at

Read more of the Feb. 2024 Today's Farmer Magazine Issue HERE.

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American Royal plans new home

Kansas City landmark is moving across the state line

NewRoyalNearly 500 people gathered Nov. 28, 2023, to watch as the first piece of steel was placed on the new barn for the American Royal, which is constructing a 1 million-square-foot complex near the Kansas City Motor Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The American Royal’s current location is on the Missouri side of the city in the West Bottoms area.The American Royal, a Kansas City, Mo., tradition since 1899, will soon be housed in a new facility being constructed on a 127-acre site on the Kansas side of the city.

The first beam was installed Nov. 28, 2023, for the multi-purpose complex, which is intended to be an “epicenter for food and agriculture.” Plans call for a 390,000-square-foot barn with exhibition space, two indoor arenas, a 77,400-square-foot learning center and a concert lawn. The barn itself will be able to house more than 1,500 horses or almost 4,000 head of cattle.

“The new American Royal complex will be a place where relevant conferences, collaborations and events can happen,” said Cliff Illig, a member of the American Royal board of directors. “Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will come together to learn, celebrate and advance an industry that impacts each and every one of us, every single day.”

The process officially began in 2019, when the American Royal purchased 47 acres near the Kansas Motor Speedway. At the time, the Patterson Family Foundation acquired 80 neighboring acres and signed a 99-year lease agreement with the American Royal Association.

With the facility’s versatile combination of indoor and outdoor space, officials expect programming to expand year-round and draw 2 million visitors annually. In addition to its traditional livestock shows and rodeos, the new American Royal facility will host conferences and special events focused on food, fiber and fuel. The facility is expected to be ready for its first event in late 2025 or early 2026.

For more information about the American Royal and the new facility, visit

Read more of the Feb. 2024 Today's Farmer Magazine Issue HERE.


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