MO.gov News Feed /news-rss MO.gov News Feed Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:47:48 +0000 en-us This Date in Missouri Senate History: Nov. 17, 1845 https://www.senate.mo.gov/this-date-in-missouri-senate-history-nov-17-1845-2/ https://www.senate.mo.gov/?p=51971 Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:01:16 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews Nov. 17, 1845, the day Missouri’s second constitutional convention begins. Bill Emerson Bridge OPEN https://www.modot.org/node/17279 17279 at https://www.modot.org Sat, 16 Nov 2019 07:40:01 +0000 Bill Emerson Bridge OPEN Visitor (not verified) Sat, 11/16/2019 - 08:40 Update on the Bill Emerson Bridge: The bridge inspection is complete and no damage was found. The bridge will be opened for travel soon. Our crew is removing the barriers at this time.  Districts Involved Southeast Published On Sat, 11/16/2019 - 03:31 Bill Emerson Bridge OPEN https://www.modot.org/node/17278 17278 at https://www.modot.org Sat, 16 Nov 2019 07:40:01 +0000 Bill Emerson Bridge OPEN Visitor (not verified) Sat, 11/16/2019 - 08:40 Update on the Bill Emerson Bridge: The bridge inspection is complete and no damage was found. The bridge will be opened for travel soon. Our crew is removing the barriers at this time.  Districts Involved Southeast Published On Sat, 11/16/2019 - 03:31 State of Missouri concludes final The Missouri Way training session for 2019, prepares for more sessions in the New Year https://oa.mo.gov/commissioners-office/news/state-missouri-concludes-final-missouri-way-training-session-2019-prepares 27786 at https://oa.mo.gov Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:20:44 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY – The State of Missouri concluded today its final The Missouri Way advanced management training class for this year. About 190 senior leaders, managers, supervisors, and other emerging leaders from across the state attended. Since the program started in August 2018, more than 1,800 State of Missouri leaders have completed the program. This progress surpassed the program’s original goal of training 1,000 team members by the end of 2019. This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 15: PDMP https://www.senate.mo.gov/this-week-in-the-missouri-senate-for-nov-15-pdmp/ https://www.senate.mo.gov/?p=51964 Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:17:45 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews two measures that were unsuccessful during this year’s regular legislative session. Both Senate Bill 155 Temporary traffic configuration in place as part of the I-35 and Route 152 project https://www.modot.org/node/17277 17277 at https://www.modot.org Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:10:01 +0000 Temporary traffic configuration in place as part of the I-35 and Route 152 project Visitor (not verified) Fri, 11/15/2019 - 16:10 CLAY COUNTY – The Missouri Department of Transportation has put in place a temporary traffic configuration as part of the Interstate 35 and Route 152 Improvement Project in Liberty, MO. Northbound Route 291 to westbound Route 152/Kansas St. is no longer a dual-left turn. The current configuration is a designated left turn, a designated straight and a second straight and/or right turn lane. The configuration will return to its original form in mid-December, once the work is completed. Currently crews are installing new turn lanes, new islands and also widening lanes. Road signs have been put in place to alert motorists of the new configuration. The is all part of a project to replace the Route 152 Bridge over I-35, make improvements to Kansas Street and Route 291; including adding wider lanes and additional turn lanes. It will also address bicycle and pedestrian needs along the corridor, and a multiple-use path along the south side of Route 152 and Kansas Street. For more details, go to the designated webpage. https://www.modot.org/152-interchange-project   The project is expected to be completed in 2020. This project is in partnership with the Cities of Liberty and Kansas City. All work is weather dependent.   For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for workzone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).   Districts Involved Kansas City Published On Fri, 11/15/2019 - 11:07 MoDOT Will Turn on Traffic Signal at MO Route 7 and Brookside Dr. on Nov. 25 https://www.modot.org/node/17276 17276 at https://www.modot.org Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:50:01 +0000 MoDOT Will Turn on Traffic Signal at MO Route 7 and Brookside Dr. on Nov. 25 Visitor (not verified) Fri, 11/15/2019 - 15:50 JACKSON COUNTY – Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation plan to turn on the traffic signal located at Route 7 and Brookside Dr. just north of Colbern Rd. in Blue Springs on Monday, Nov. 25. Motorists should use caution in the area. All work is weather permitting. This signal was previously installed due to an anticipated business development. The signal has remained off. MoDOT is activating the signal now to accommodate the increased housing development in the area. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway. For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.  MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).     Districts Involved Kansas City Published On Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:41 Lane/Ramp Closures Scheduled for Portion of I-435 as Crews Inch Closer to Opening ALL Five Lanes https://www.modot.org/node/17275 17275 at https://www.modot.org Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:50:01 +0000 Lane/Ramp Closures Scheduled for Portion of I-435 as Crews Inch Closer to Opening ALL Five Lanes Visitor (not verified) Fri, 11/15/2019 - 15:50 Lane and Ramp Closures Scheduled for I-435 Near Three Trails Crossing Next Week as Crews Inch Closer to Opening ALL Five Lanes JACKSON COUNTY –The Missouri Department of Transportation crews are completing concrete paving and bridge work beginning this Friday, Nov. 15 throughout next week that will impact both directions of I-435 near Three Trails Crossing. This work will include the opening of ALL FIVE LANES along eastbound and westbound I-435 between Three Trails Crossing and State Line. Motorists should still expect various lane closures the coming weeks after the opening as crews works to complete the project. All work is weather permitting.  Friday, Nov. 15 Crews will CLOSE the left most lane of eastbound I-435 from State Line Rd. to the Blue River beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 for pavement construction. Traffic will be reduced to three lanes during rush hour. Crews will CLOSE the left most lane of westbound I-435 from Three Trails Crossing to State Line beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily for pavement construction. Saturday, Nov. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 17 Crews will CLOSE the two outermost lanes of eastbound I-435 between State Line and the Blue River beginning on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 a.m. until approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. This closure is for pavement marking work. There will be short term closures of the on and off ramps along eastbound I-435 at State Line Rd., Wornall Rd., and Holmes Rd. in order to tie the pavement markings to the final configuration. Once this work is complete, ALL FIVE LANES of eastbound I-435 will be OPEN. There will be various lane closures throughout the coming weeks in order to finish up signage work. Monday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. 19 Crews will CLOSE the left most lane of eastbound I-435 from State Line Rd. to the Blue River beginning at 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily for pavement construction. Crews will CLOSE the left most lane of westbound I-435 from Three Trails Crossing to State Line beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily for pavement construction. Wednesday, Nov. 20 Crews will CLOSE the left most lane of eastbound I-435 from State Line Rd. to the Blue River beginning at 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily for pavement construction. Crews will CLOSE the left most lane of westbound I-435 from Three Trails Crossing to State Line beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily for pavement construction. Crews will also closed ALL LANES of northbound and southbound Holmes Rd. between eastbound and westbound I-435 on ramps beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. for resurfacing work. Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22 Crews will CLOSE the left most lane of eastbound I-435 from State Line Rd. to the Blue River beginning at 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily for pavement construction. Crews will CLOSE the left most lane of westbound I-435 from Three Trails Crossing to State Line beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily for pavement construction. Saturday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Nov. 24 Crews will CLOSE the two outermost lanes of westbound I-435 between the Blue River State Line beginning on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 a.m. until approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. This closure is for pavement marking work. There will be short term closures of the on and off ramps along westbound I-435 at State Line Rd., Wornall Rd., Holmes Rd., and 104th in order to tie the pavement markings to the final configuration. Once this work is complete, ALL FIVE LANES of westbound I-435 will be OPEN. There will be various lane closures throughout the coming weeks in order to finish up signage work. Commuters can scout their route in advance at www.kcscout.net to review traffic impacts and consider any alternative routes. Also review the planned work on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org. This work is part of the I-435 South Loop Link project which will replace the bridges at Wornall and Holmes, rehabilitate the bridges at 104th Street and the Blue River, upgrade the pavement on I-435 which includes adding another lane. Learn more about the project here: www.modot.org/kansascity/major_projects/I435South/.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Districts Involved Kansas City Published On Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:43 Catch-and-release winter trout fishing season underway in Sedalia and St. Joseph https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/catch-and-release-winter-trout-fishing-season-underway-sedalia-and-st-joseph 318638 at https://mdc.mo.gov Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:45:58 +0000 Site survey work for the Buck O'Neil Bridge will cause closures in the downtown loop https://www.modot.org/node/17274 17274 at https://www.modot.org Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:50:01 +0000 Site survey work for the Buck O'Neil Bridge will cause closures in the downtown loop Visitor (not verified) Fri, 11/15/2019 - 14:50 JACKSON/CLAY COUNTIES – The Missouri Department of Transportation will make the following traffic changes as part of an effort to build a new Buck O’Neil (Broadway) Bridge. The closures will begin at 12 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 until 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. The following closures will have a significant impact to traffic. All work is weather dependent.     Southbound I-35 Closures Ramp from westbound I-70 to southbound I-35 Ramp from 5th St./Independence Ave. to southbound I-35 Ramp from eastbound I-70 to southbound I-35 Ramp from southbound I-35 to 12th St. Ramp from southbound I-35 to eastbound I-670   Northbound I-35 Closures Northbound I-35 closure at I-670 Interchange Ramp from westbound I-670 to northbound I-35 Ramp from 12th St. to northbound I-35 Ramp from northbound I-35 to Buck O’Neil Bridge (169 Highway)   Various Closures Southbound I-35/westbound I-70 closure at southbound 71 Highway (NE corner) Ramp from northbound 71 Highway to southbound I-35/westbound I-70 Loop ramp from Independence Ave. to southbound I-35/westbound I-70 Ramp from southbound Route 9 to southbound I-35/westbound I-70 Ramp from southbound I-35/westbound I-70 to westbound Independence Ave Westbound I-70/westbound I-670 split   The scope of the work will be for gathering geo-technical (drilling holes beneath the surface to document the type of terrain) data and survey information.   In addition to the data collection work, MoDOT’s Maintenance Department will also take advantage of the closures. Crews will be performing joint replacement work on the bridge, brush/tree cutting along the bridge and Interstate 35, drain cleaning and graffiti removal.   To access The Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport from south of the Missouri River, motorists can take I-29 northbound to Route 169 southbound.   For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for workzone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).     Districts Involved Kansas City Published On Fri, 11/15/2019 - 09:41 MDC stocks rainbow trout for winter fishing in Kansas City area https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-stocks-rainbow-trout-winter-fishing-kansas-city-area-0 318636 at https://mdc.mo.gov Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:48:58 +0000 Senator Tony Luetkemeyer Receives Freshman Legislator Award https://www.senate.mo.gov/senator-tony-luetkemeyer-receives-freshman-legislator-award/ https://www.senate.mo.gov/?p=51949 Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:33:52 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, was named Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. The leading advocacy group Planned Road Work for Northwest Missouri, Nov. 18 - 24 https://www.modot.org/node/17273 17273 at https://www.modot.org Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:30:01 +0000 Planned Road Work for Northwest Missouri, Nov. 18 - 24 Visitor (not verified) Fri, 11/15/2019 - 14:30 St. JOSEPH, Mo. – The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northwest Missouri region for the week of Nov. 18 - 24. Inclement weather and continued flooding may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region such as pothole patching, striping, signal work, etc., in addition to the work mentioned below. All work is weather permitting and subject to change. Andrew County Route O – Culvert repair in Cosby, Nov. 18 – 19 Atchison County Route CC – CLOSED for a culvert replacement project through early December Route 111 – CLOSED for a bridge replacement project at the Mill Creek Bridge near Corning. The bridge will remain closed until Spring 2020. U.S. Route 136 – Bridge maintenance at the bridge over Interstate 29, Nov. 18 U.S. Route 136 – Bridge maintenance at the Rock Creek Bridge, Nov. 18 U.S. Route 136 – Bridge maintenance at the Cow Branch Bridge, Nov. 18 U.S. Route 59 – Pothole patching from the Iowa state line to the Holt County line, Nov. 18 – 22 U.S. Route 136 – Pothole patching from I-29 to Route M, Nov. 18 – 22 Route C – Shoulder work from U.S. Route 59 to Westboro, Nov. 18 – 22 U.S. Route 136 – Bridge maintenance at the Old Channel Nishnabotna River Bridge, Nov. 19 Route Z – Bridge maintenance at the bridge over I-29, Nov. 19 Buchanan County U.S. Route 169 – Shoulder work from I-29 to Route VV, Nov. 18 – 22 Route 116 – Chip seal project 1 mile east of Route V, Nov. 19 U.S. Route 59 – Resurfacing project from Route 752 to Route 45 through early December. Carroll County Route C – CLOSED until further notice at the Branch of Turkey Creek Bridge due to damage from flooding. The bridge replacement project is scheduled to be a part of the February 2020 letting. U.S. Route 65 – Bridge rehabilitation at the Wakenda Creek Bridge through early December. This includes a 15-foot width restriction. U.S. Route 65 – Bridge maintenance at the Shootman Creek Bridgeand Mound Creek Bridge, Nov. 18 – 21 Chariton County U.S. Route 24 – Bridge replacement project at the Mussel Fork River and Overflow Bridges west of Keytesville through early 2020. Traffic is being diverted over a one-lane, signalized bypass during the replacement of the Mussel Fork River Overflow Bridge. A 10-foot width restriction is in place. U.S. Route 24 – Bridge replacement project at the Middle Fork Chariton River and Overflow bridges through early 2020. These bridges are part of Governor Parson’s “Focus on Bridges” program. Traffic will be directed through the work zone with temporary traffic signals. A 10-foot width restriction is in place. Route 5 – Bridge maintenance at the Cottonwood Creek Bridge, Nov. 18 – 21 Daviess County Route B – CLOSED for bridge reconstruction at the I-35 overpass through early December. More info: https://www.modot.org/clinton-and-daviess-county-bridge-deck-replacements-over-i-35 Route DD – CLOSED for bridge rehabilitation at the I–35 overpass through early December. More info: https://www.modot.org/clinton-and-daviess-county-bridge-deck-replacements-over-i-35 Harrison County Route P – CLOSED for a culvert replacement from Route TT to Route BB, Nov. 18, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Route BB – CLOSED for a culvert replacement, Nov. 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Route D – Drainage work at West 200th Street, Nov. 19 – 20 Holt County Route 111 – Resurfacing project from Route T to U.S. Route 59 through early December Route T – CLOSED until further notice at Mill Bluff Road due to roadway damage Nodaway County Route 46 – Shoulder work from Route W to U.S. Route 169 (Worth County), Nov. 18 Route 46 – Shoulder work near the Maryville airport, Nov. 18 – 19 Route 46 – Shoulder work from Route 113 to Maryville, Nov. 18 – 22 Route 46 – Shoulder work from Ravenwood to Parnell, Nov. 19 – 20 Route 148 – Bridge maintenance at the One Hundred and Two River Bridge, the Beard Branch Bridge, and the East Fork One Hundred and Two River Bridge Nov. 20 Route NN – Bridge maintenance at the Norvey Creek Bridge, Nov. 20 U.S. Route 71 – Bridge maintenance at the White Cloud Creek Bridge, Nov. 21 U.S. Route 136 – Bridge maintenance at the One Hundred and Two River Bridge, Nov. 21 U.S. Route 136 – Shoulder work from Mozingo Road to Route 46, Nov. 21 – 22 U.S. Route 136 – Bridge maintenance at the Platte River Bridge, Nov. 22 Route V – Bridge maintenance at the Elkhorn Creek Bridge, Nov. 22 Sullivan County Route PP – CLOSED until further notice at the East Medicine Creek Bridge after a regularly scheduled inspection revealed critical deterioration to the structure. The bridge is currently scheduled for replacement in fiscal year 2020. More info: https://www.modot.org/sullivan-county-route-pp-east-medicine-creek-bridge Worth County Route YY – CLOSED until further notice at the Middle Fork of the Grand River after a regularly scheduled inspection revealed critical deterioration to the structure. The bridge is part of Governor Parson’s “Focus on Bridges” program and was included in the September 2019 letting. The project was awarded to Boone Construction Co. A schedule for the project has not been determined yet. More info: https://www.modot.org/worth-county-route-yy-bridge-replacement-over-middle-fork-grand-river Route 46 – Shoulder work from U.S. Route 169 to Route W (Nodaway County), Nov. 18 ### Traveler Information Map http://traveler.modot.org   Districts Involved Northwest Published On Fri, 11/15/2019 - 09:28 Update: Overnight Pavement Improvements Scheduled for Large Stretch of I-70 https://www.modot.org/node/17272 17272 at https://www.modot.org Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:40:01 +0000 Update: Overnight Pavement Improvements Scheduled for Large Stretch of I-70 Visitor (not verified) Fri, 11/15/2019 - 13:40 COOPER/BOONE/CALLAWAY COUNTIES – Due to this week’s extreme weather, the overnight pavement improvement work on Interstate 70 has been pushed back to next week. Contractors for the Missouri Department of Transportation will be making pavement repairs at 10 locations along Interstate 70 in mid-Missouri over the next month. Starting Monday, November 18, overnight work will be taking place in Cooper, Boone and Callaway counties. The pavement improvement work will require single lane closures at each location between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. All work is expected to be complete in December. The first two work locations will take place on westbound I-70 in Cooper and Boone Counties. That work is expected to be complete by Friday, November 22. This work will also close the ramp from Providence Road to westbound I-70 in Columbia during the evening of Monday, November 18. MoDOT will update motorists on all future dates and locations for this project through message boards, social media and the MoDOT Traveler Information Map. All work is weather permitting and could be delayed. For more information and updates about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates. Districts Involved Central Published On Fri, 11/15/2019 - 08:30 Governor Parson Welcomes Secretary Perdue, Two USDA Agencies to New Headquarters in Kansas City, MO https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-welcomes-secretary-perdue-two-usda-agencies-new-headquarters 3116 at https://governor.mo.gov Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:26:06 +0000 Governor Parson Welcomes Secretary Perdue, Two USDA Agencies to New Headquarters in Kansas City, MO Katy.Alexander Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:26 November 15, 2019 United States Department of Agriculture Relocating ERS and NIFA to the Heartland Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt in Kansas City, Missouri, to tour the new home of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) agencies at 805 Pennsylvania Avenue. “Secretary Perdue has shown strong leadership from day one at USDA, especially when he announced his plan to move these agencies to the Heartland,” Governor Parson said. “Missouri welcomes the ERS and NIFA team members, as well as their families, with open arms. Our agriculture, economic development, and government communities are ready to support USDA as they complete their transition to Kansas City.” “It was great to be in Kansas City with Secretary Perdue, Governor Parson, Mayor Lucas, Representative Marshall, and state officials to tour the site that will be home to ERS and NIFA,” Senator Blunt said. “Bringing these research agencies to Kansas City will benefit the entire region and all of the farmers and ranchers who help drive our nation’s ag industry. With the site selection finalized, I’m glad we’re another step closer to making this move a success.” The move from Washington, D.C., will bring an estimated 253 agriculture jobs paying an average of $120,000 at ERS and 323 agriculture jobs paying an average of $116,000 at NIFA to the Kansas City area. Within 300 miles of Kansas City are 13 land-grant universities, as well as top research universities that have graduated more than 150 PhDs in agriculture-related fields in recent years. “The Kansas City region is agriculture workforce ready,” Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn said. “While we are excited about the opportunities for these agencies to partner with our farms, ranches, universities, and agribusinesses, I am motivated to see some of our homegrown agriculture talent find great career opportunities right here in Missouri. It’s exciting that our state can give the next generation of agriculture another chance to stay rooted in the Midwest.” Kansas City was identified as an ideal location for ERS and NIFA employees because of the region’s affordability, capacity for growth, easy commutes, and extraordinary livability among other factors. “More than 200 partners came together to support the Kansas City region in its bid for USDA,” Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “That speaks volumes not only to the significance and impact of this project for the region, but also to Missouri’s ability to work as a team to create economic opportunities for citizens in this area and across our state.”   What Missouri agriculture is saying: “Kansas City, Missouri, is the heart of American agriculture,” Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst said. “Growing USDA’s presence here is a no-brainer – public servants should live and work among the people they serve. Missouri’s farmers welcome NIFA and ERS to our state and look forward to working with them.” “On behalf of more than 45 agricultural groups that comprise our collaborative organization, we congratulate USDA on their move of ERS and NIFA to Kansas City,” said Missouri Farmers Care Chairman and Missouri Corn Growers Association CEO Gary Marshall. “Missouri is home to a diverse agriculture landscape, making it an ideal location for the agencies to be close to the farmers they serve. We welcome Secretary Sonny Perdue and the ERS and NIFA teams to their new home in the Heartland.” “This move makes sense, and that’s what people deserve from government,” Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President Bobby Simpson said. “We are blessed to have leaders at the federal and state levels who are service oriented and put people over politics.” “ERS and NIFA play key roles in our agricultural research, education, and extension services,” Missouri Pork Association Chairman Marcus Belshe said. “This relocation to the Kansas City area captures a unique opportunity to enhance those roles while better serving farmers and rural communities.” “It’s a win-win for farmers to have better access across USDA, and bringing ERS and NIFA to the Midwest creates stronger opportunities for partnerships and collaboration on research, education, and outreach,” said Missouri Soybean Association CEO Gary Wheeler. “Kansas City has great proximity to leaders in animal health, plant science, agricultural technology, and innovation. We’re proud to support Secretary Perdue and so many others’ efforts to bring USDA ERS and NIFA to Kansas City, central to their constituents, farmers, and rural communities.” “We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with NIFA and ERS as they make the move to Kansas City,” said University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Dean Christopher Daubert. “This presents a great opportunity for faculty, staff, and students in agriculture.” Missouri agriculture is an $88.4 billion industry and remains the state's number one economic driver. To learn more, visit agriculture.mo.gov.