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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday August 25, 2019 ( 18 items )  

Advancement Project: Trial Challenging Missouri's Voter ID Law Set to Start Monday
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Aug. 20 -- The Advancement Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit that develops and inspires community-based solutions based on the high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns, issued the following news, dated Aug. 16: In a case that could determine the fate of Missouri's voter ID law, a coalition of local and national voter advocates kick off a trial Monday in a legal challenge to the implementation of that law. The trial will begin at 9 a.m. August 19 in Cole C  more

American Journal of Botany Issues 10 Research Articles in August 2019 Edition
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Aug. 20 -- The American Journal of Botany, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features plant biology from the Botanical Society of America, published 10 research articles on the following topics in its August 2019 edition: * A taxonomically broad metagenomic survey of 339 species spanning 57 families suggests cystobasidiomycete yeasts are not ubiquitous across all lichens * Are buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides) cytotypes spatially and ecologically differentiated? * Bot  more

Congressional Group Gets Close-Up Look at Farms and Issues
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Aug. 23 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following news: A group of 20 Congressional staffers received updates from farmers, Illinois Corn Growers Association staff and NCGA staffers this week as part of the St. Louis Agribusiness Club's Congressional Tour. NCGA Manager of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Sarah Doese and NCGA's Biotechnology and Crop Input Director Nicole Hasheider, joined the group on visits to numerous ag-related sites. The tour,   more

Evolution Journal Issues 15 Research Articles in August 2019 Edition
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Aug. 22 -- Evolution, a journal that says it studies the evolutionary phenomena and processes from the Society for the Study of Evolution, published 15 research articles on the following topics in its August 2019 edition: * Anatomical diversification of a skeletal novelty in bat feet * Biodiversity loss through speciation collapse: Mechanisms, warning signals, and possible rescue * Can competitive asymmetries maintain offspring size variation? A manipulative field test *  more

Missouri Pork Association Issues Joint Statement on Regulation of Animal Agriculture Bill
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Aug. 22 -- The Missouri Pork Association issued the following joint statement with four organizations, including Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Cattlemen's Association, Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Corn Growers Association: "The legal system is being misused by those determined to stifle Missouri farm and ranch families from opportunities to grow and keep future generations on the farm. This frivolous lawsuit is a last-minute, desperate attempt designed to disru  more

National Corn Growers Association: American Coalition for Ethanol Conference Focuses on Growing Markets
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Aug. 19 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following news: The American Coalition for Ethanol Annual Conference What It Takes looked at ways the industry can grow the ethanol market internationally and domestically. This was the 32nd annual ACE conference, which was held this year in Omaha, Nebraska. ACE CEO Brian Jennings emphasized the need for "a vision of how to increase demand for ethanol and break free from the status quo." Jennings went on to talk   more

National Corn Growers Association: Conservation Action Tour Showcases Advances In Sustainability
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Aug. 22 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following news: NCGA Stewardship and Sustainability Director Rachel Orf is in central Iowa this week attending the 2019 Conservation Technology Information Center Conservation in Action Tour. Attendees are examining a wide range of edge-of-field systems, in-field solutions, and management practices on the farm and at those being adopted by retailers. "The theme of the 12th annual Conservation in Action Tour, Conse  more

National Corn Growers Association: Corn Farmers Press Trump to Take Steps to Significantly Increase Corn Demand
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Aug. 22 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following news: The impact of the Trump Administration's recent granting of 31 refinery waivers to big oil is quickly being felt across the countryside, compounding farmer's concerns about crop conditions, markets, and trade. In the last 12 months, 15 ethanol plants have been shuttered or idled, including POET's Cloverdale facility which specifically cited the most recent waivers as the cause. Given this reduced d  more

Pacific Legal Foundation: Award-Winning Artist Files Suit Over Missouri's American Indian Art Law
SACRAMENTO, California, Aug. 20 -- The Pacific Legal Foundation issued the following news release: A federal lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri challenges a Missouri law that prevents an American Indian artist from talking truthfully about her art and, in turn, threatens her livelihood. Peggy Fontenot is an award-winning American Indian photographer and artist, specializing in hand-made beaded jewelry and cultural items. Her art has been shown in  more

Results From the 2019 Missouri State Fair Growth & Quality Barrow Classic
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Aug. 19 -- The Missouri Pork Association issued the following news release: Over 30 hogs from across the state were entered in the Growth & Quality Barrow Classic at the 2019 Missouri State Fair. The Classic was sponsored by the Missouri Pork Association, University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The overall winner went to Everett Forkner from Vernon County for his Duroc hog. Adam Wolf from Livingston County received second with a Crossbre  more

The VFW Helps Veteran Keep Eye on the Prize
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Aug. 19 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release: * * * - 'Knowing ... someone is in our corner, making sure that veterans are successful in their academic careers, makes it so much easier to be who we strive to be' * * * Veteran Adam Lawrence sees a bridge between his devotion to the military and his love of mathematics and computer science. This Valencia, Calif., native joined the Army directly out of high school without giving it a second th  more

Trevor Day Hired by Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever to Assist Volunteer Chapters in Eastern Kansas and Northern Missouri
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Aug. 21 -- Pheasants Forever issued the following news release: Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever has appointed Trevor Day, an avid outdoorsman and former natural resources technician, to serve as the organization's Regional Representative in eastern Kansas and northern Missouri. In this role, Day will provide support for volunteers in the Sunflower and Show-Me states - currently home to a combined 36 Pheasants Forever chapters, 30 Quail Forever chapters and more than 10,50  more

Trevor Day Hired by Quail Forever to Assist Volunteer Chapters in Eastern Kansas and Northern Missouri
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Aug. 21 -- Quail Forever, a division of Pheasants Forever, issued the following news release: Quail Forever has appointed Trevor Day, an avid outdoorsman and former natural resources technician, to serve as the organization's Regional Representative in eastern Kansas and northern Missouri. In this role, Day will provide support for volunteers in the Sunflower and Show-Me states - currently home to a combined 36 Pheasants Forever chapters, 30 Quail Forever chapters and more   more

USA Rice Federation: Having a Field Day at August Field Days
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Aug. 23 -- USA Rice Federation issued the following news: The wagons are dusted off and the turn rows are pristinely mowed because it's field day season! USA Rice staff participated in field days across the Delta during August, catching up with a wide cross section of the industry based in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Missouri. Topics that were covered at field days include: drones in agriculture and aerial imaging, weed management in row rice, managing rice using more effici  more

USA Rice Federation: Risk Management Agency Does Their Research on Rice
JONESBORO, Arkansas, Aug. 22 -- USA Rice Federation issued the following news: This week, staff from thUSA Rice Federatione U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency (RMA) toured Arkansas to talk with rice farmers and see irrigation methods like alternate wetting and drying (AWD) and furrow irrigated (or row) rice firsthand. RMA is actively working to provide crop insurance coverage for these two irrigation methods to give rice farmers more assurance as they adapt their irrigation  more

USTelecom and Partners Complete Broadband Mapping Initiative Pilot
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 -- The U.S. Telecom Association issued the following news release: The results of USTelecom's groundbreaking data and technology driven Broadband Mapping Initiative pilot program - launched four months ago in Missouri and Virginia - are in, and the findings confirm the concept not only works, but can be implemented nationwide - quickly and cost efficiently. Created to more accurately and comprehensively map broadband deployment nationwide, the initiative led by USTelecom, I  more

VFW, Sport Clips Haircuts Surpass $6.4 Million in Scholarships for Veterans
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Aug. 20 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release: * * * - Nearly $762,000 awarded to 165 student veterans for the fall semester * * * Together with longtime supporter Sport Clips Haircuts, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce its "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program has surpassed awarding $6.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,450 military and student veterans. The latest fall semester award of nearly $7  more

WestEd: Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Scale-Up - Study of Four States
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Aug. 19 -- WestEd issued the following news: The Annie E. Casey Foundation (Casey) partnered with the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center to study the implementation of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) in Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, and New Mexico. JDAI is a complex, multipart reform initiative developed by Casey to reduce reliance on the use of detention for low-risk young people in the juvenile justice system prior to disposition.  more