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A Chat with the Farm Editor: A Missouri Town Bounces Back after Shift in Agricultural Economy
Article about the economic recovery through cooperation among local businesses, government, and farmers in "Trenton, Mo., a city about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City in Grundy County," also with a...
A Growing Demand for Local
December 8, 2009
Feature article in the Star Business Weekly about local farms and the demand for locally grown food even in the winter. The article includes a comparison chart between 2002 and 2007 of number of farms...
Amber Waves of Pain
Discusses the failure of the USDA to make low-interest loans to black farmers as a result of a discrimination suit.
County Third in Roads: In the Country Only Two Others Are Ahead in System
Article noting the extensiveness of the system of county roads in Jackson County, Missouri, as third best in the nation, behind only two counties in New York and Detroit, and making for very good transportation...
Dead Towns Live in Memories
Article about towns no longer in existence in Clay County, Missouri, including Arley, Winner, Centerville, Greenville, Gosneyville, and Clayville, Missouri.
Dry as a Bone
July 22, 2012
Article discussing the effects of the drought of 2012. Extreme high temperatures and a lack of rain are creating conditions comparable to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s in the region. The drought has already...
Enterprising North Missouri Farmers Started State on Way to Good Roads
Photo and article about the road improvement technologies used by Robert Hart (dying in 1934) of the Eagleville, Missouri, area (in Harrison County, Missouri) and others in northern Missouri, such as D....
Farmers Urged to Enter Commodities Futures Market
Photos and biographical article about Walter Middlecamp, "vice-president here for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc." as a stockbroker and cattle rancher "on his Crooked River Ranch near Lawson,...
Gardening for Food Could Get Boost in KC
February 16, 2011
Commentary about the popularity of vegetable gardening in the area. Katherine Kelly, executive director of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, is quoted as saying, "and this year, there are at...
Obituary for Gerald Mulligan, vice-president of the Farmers Trust Company, dying at the age of 65 on February 22, 1970.
Good Times on The Farm
March 20, 2012
Compared to the 1980s when "tens of thousands of farmers went broke and were forced off of their land," the last few years has seen a rise in farm earnings. "Farm income has jumped nearly 30 percent in...
Ike Comes to Town for F. F. A. and the Royal
October 15, 1953
Illustrations of President Dwight David Eisenhower, and some attractions at the American Royal in Kansas City during his visit here, with a photo of the new American Hereford Association headquarters building...
Mitzvah Garden Grows Next to Synagogue
May 7, 2010
The congregation of B'nai Jehudah has established a 10,000 square-foot Mitzvah Garden at the Temple to help in "the local fight against hunger." They plan to sell the produce at farmers' markets as well...
Nurture Urban Agriculture to Turn Back Blight
June 20, 2010
This editorial proclaimed, "Urban farming and gardening presents a doable, cost-effective way to find a use for blighted land while yielding healthy foods for neighborhoods that need it and also providing...
Quantrell's Raid: Hon. Sidney F. Clarke Tells of Lawrence Massacre
September 30, 2005
Sidney F. Clarke was living in Oklahoma City when a Kansas City Journal correspondent contacted him and asked him for his statement or account of Quantrill's Lawrence Massacre in 1863. In doing so Clarke...
The Harvest Is In At the City Market
This article describes the fall season at the City Market with the fall's unique produce and activities for the whole family. Approximately 75 to 100 family farmers come every Saturday to sell their crops,...
They Had a Dream: From Sharecropper to Landholder
May 31, 1975
Vertical file contains a portrait and biographical article about Junius Groves (1859-1926), a pioneer African American landholder of Wyandotte County, Kansas. He was born as a slave in Kentucky and joined...
January 4, 2004
Article features five local people who are working to make the community and world a better place. They include: farmer Diana Endicott, pediatrician Monica Pierson, architect Bob Berkebile, minister Ervin...
Troubles Never Ending for America's Black Farmer
July 27-August 2, 2007
Article reports on the plight of African American farmers in the United States, whose numbers have declined rapidly in the last century, and attempts to enact legislation that would provide much needed...
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