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Aerial view of a wheat harvest.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is renting permanent office space for two of its research agencies in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, despite the union concerns that relocation from the nation's capital has left the agencies critically understaffed and lacking vital expertise.

 The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill to legalize industrial hemp.

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A Missouri lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would shift regulation of farm-raised deer to state agriculture officials. 

New Mo. House panel to probe agriculture agency

Nov 5, 2013

A new Missouri House committee will look into allegations of a hostile work environment in the Department of Agriculture.

House Speaker Tim Jones said Tuesday he is "deeply concerned" about the allegations against former Agriculture Director Jon Hagler. He says the new investigatory committee will be led by Rep. Casey Guernsey, a Republican from Bethany.

Gov. Jay Nixon replaced Hagler as department director Oct. 11. That was one day after a high-ranking department employee resigned while distributing a letter alleging Hagler created an atmosphere of intimidation and fear.

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Farmers in a dozen Missouri counties could be eligible for emergency loans through the U.S. Agriculture Department for damage from severe spring weather.

Mo. wineries bloom over past decade

Dec 13, 2012
Wine Grapes
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A University of Missouri researcher says the number of wineries in the state more than tripled over the past decade.