The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting farm income will increase significantly this year, but that’s only because of unprecedented government payments that could top $40 billion.

The latest Farm Income Report from the USDA shows net income will total $102 billion, a 23% increase over last year. But 36% of that money is coming from federal subsidies intended to make up for coronavirus losses.

Without that aid, net farm income would be down more than $10 billion this year.

The U-S-D-A approved Missouri’s application for additional federal food aid for low-income children Monday.

It’s money meant to pay for meals students would’ve eaten at school in March, April and May. But the Missouri Department of Social Services won’t say how much assistance eligible families will receive. Brent Schondelmeyer of the Local Investment Commission, a Kansas City nonprofit, says there are low-income families who haven’t received any pandemic aid yet.

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The Lincoln University Cooperative Extension hosted their seventh annual Minorities and Limited Resources Farmers and Producers Conference at the Southeast Missouri State University regional campus in Sikeston last week.


In the past, the event has touched on topics such as soil fertility and season extension, but this year, marketing was its main focus.


Food safety regulators are hoping new rules will reduce the number of Americans sickened by salmonella bacteria found on the chicken they eat. Currently, salmonella is estimated to cause about 1 million illnesses a year.