Saturday, June 26, 2010

USDA Missouri Agriculture Report - Missouri Hog and Pig Inventory Unchanged from March



(COLUMBIA, Mo.) - The June 1, 2010 inventory of Missouri hogs and pigs is estimated at 3.0 million head according to the USDA’s Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service. “Although death loss is as high as it was last June, pig crop numbers are up due to the highest Missouri litter rate on record,” says Gene Danekas, Director. “Total inventories are unchanged from March, but 50,000 head below last June.” Breeding hogs are estimated at 350,000 head, 1 percent below the previous quarter, but 1 percent above last year. Market hogs are estimated at 2.65 million head, slightly down from March 1, 2010 and 2 percent below a year earlier.
The March-May pig crop was estimated at 1.86 million head, up 3 percent from the same period a year earlier and slightly above the December-February quarter. Farrowings, at 185,000 sows, were down 10,000 sows from a the previous quarter, but the same as last year. Pigs saved per litter, at 10.05 pigs, rose 3 percent from the 9.8 pigs saved in the same quarter a year earlier and 6 percent from the 9.5 pigs saved the previous quarter.
Missouri hog producers intend to farrow 180,000 sows during June-August, 5,000 head fewer than the number that were actually farrowed during the same period a year earlier. During September-November, hog producers expect to farrow 190,000 sows, the same as the actual farrowings in the comparable period a year earlier.
U.S. Hog Inventory down 4 Percent
U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2010 was 64.4 million head. This was down 4 percent from June 1, 2009, but up 1 percent from March 1, 2010.
Breeding inventory, at 5.79 million head, was down 3 percent from last year, but up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 58.6 million head, was down 4 percent from last year, but up 1 percent from last quarter.
The March-May 2010 pig crop, at 28.2 million head, was down 3 percent from 2009 and down 2 percent from 2008. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.87 million head, down 5 percent from 2009 and down 6 percent from 2008. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 9.81 for the March-May 2010 period, compared to 9.61 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.70 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 9.90 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs

Adult Business Bill Receives Governor’s Signature - Op-Ed by Missouri District 29 State Senator Jack Goodman



SB 586 & 617 Enforces Time, Place, and Manner
Restrictions on Sexually Oriented Businesses


JEFFERSON CITY — After several years of working to pass a bill that strengthens regulations on adult businesses, Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mt. Vernon, and Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Lee’s Summit, announce today that the governor has signed Senate Bill 586 & 617 into law.

Senate Bill 586 & 617 combats the negative secondary effects of sexually oriented businesses in Missouri by imposing several meaningful time, place and manner restrictions. After Aug 28, 2010, the legislation will prohibit a person from establishing a sexually oriented business within 1,000 feet of a pre-existing school, house of worship, state-licensed day care, public library, public park, residence or other sexually oriented business. It also bars a person who has been convicted of or imprisoned for certain crimes within the last eight years from establishing an adult business.

In addition, the bill prohibits nude performances and restricts semi-nude activity within sexually oriented businesses. It also prohibits adult establishments from operating between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., and bars anyone younger than 18 from being on the premises at any time.

“This is a hard-fought victory for family values,” Sen. Goodman said. “We have crafted an effective, yet well-measured and responsible bill that will regulate sexually oriented businesses within the defined parameters of the U.S. Constitution.”

Senator Goodman’s SB 617 was combined with Sen. Bartle’s SB 586 during the Senate’s committee approval process.

“This issue has been a top priority of mine for many years,” Sen. Bartle said. “It’s a tremendous relief to me that my colleagues recognized the importance of this issue and fought to get a bill passed before regular session ended. One need only take a short trip on any of Missouri’s major highways to see that the proliferation of smut shops is out of control. There’s no question that regulations need to be put in place so we can protect our communities from decreased property values and an environment ripe for crime.”

Senate Leader Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, said Missouri communities will benefit from the bill.

“Adult businesses in Missouri have been allowed to open and operate with minimal oversight for far too long,” Sen. Shields said. “The actions of the governor today will ensure that our state continues to be a family-friendly place to live and visit.”

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Missouri Ranked on Economic Feasability For Business

Study ranks Missouri on regulatory concerns. Results are positive for post recession growth.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

FEC - Federal Election Commission Laws

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Missouri Squirrel Season in Effect (MDC Press Release on Missouri Squirrel Populaton and Regulation)

Changes to this year’s regulations are increased bag limit of 10 and possession limit of 20.

JEFFERSON CITY MO – The fourth Saturday in May marks the opening of squirrel season in Missouri. Hunters may pursue gray and fox squirrels from May 22 through Feb. 15, 2011, with rifles, shotguns or archery equipment. New to squirrel hunting regulations this year is an increase in the aggregate bag limit from six to 10 and an increase in the possession limit from 12 to 20.

“In the aggregate” means hunters may bag any combination of fox and gray squirrels so long as they do not exceed 10 squirrels total in one day. If hunters bag a daily limit two days in a row, they will have a possession limit of 20 squirrels. After that, they must eat or give away some squirrels before going hunting again in order to stay within the possession limit.

Hunters also may take squirrels with cage-type traps, as long as they label traps with their full name and address. Squirrel traps also must have openings measuring 144 square inches or less, for instance, 12 inches by 12 inches. Hunters must attend their traps daily. The same regulations apply to rabbits and groundhogs during their respective seasons.

Lonnie Hansen, the Missouri Department of Conservation’s resource scientist in charge of squirrel management, explained that squirrel numbers in the Ozarks are somewhat dependent on acorn production.

“Squirrel populations in the Ozarks often fluctuate from year to year, increasing following falls with good acorn production, decreasing following poor production,” Hansen said. “Acorns were scarce during the fall 2009 in the Ozarks, possibly causing some squirrel population declines.”

He added that squirrels have a more diverse and dependable food base in northern Missouri, thanks to corn and other agricultural crops. As a result, squirrel populations are more stable there, and hunting is uniformly good from year to year.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Missouri Children's Summer Food Service (Missouri Department of Health Release)New online map will help families locate local summer food programs

New online map will help families locate local summer food programs
Free meals will be served to low-income children at hundreds of locations in Missouri

A new online map can help low-income families in Missouri find out where their children can receive free meals this summer.

The interactive map pinpoints hundreds of locations in Missouri where meals will be provided through the state health department’s Summer Food Service Program.

Community organizations serve the meals at schools, churches, parks, swimming pools, YMCA facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs and other spots where children gather when school is not in session.

The meals are provided to children who receive free or reduced price meals during the regular school year. Children do not have to register and there is no fee to participate in the program.

“When school is out for the summer, children who receive meals at school are at risk of not getting the nutrition they need,” said Margaret Donnelly, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “The new map will make it easier for families to find out where their children can receive nutritious meals during the summer months. We know good nutrition is essential for effective learning all year long.”

The map is located at www.dhss.mo.gov/sfsp/. The map can be searched by city, county or zip code. For families without access to the Internet, many community libraries have computers the public can use free of charge. More information is also available by calling, toll-free, 1-888-435-1464 or through RELAY MISSOURI for the Hearing and Speech Impaired at 1-800-735-2966.

Meals will be served to children age 18 and under. They are also provided to individuals age 18 to 21 who have been determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in an established school program for the mentally or physically disabled.

Funding for the Summer Food Service Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Organizations interested in providing meals through the program can also write to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Summer Food Service Program, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Department of Health and Senior Services does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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