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Missouri Is Among Top States For Farmers Markets According To USDA

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Missouri is among the top 10 states in the number of farmers markets with 245 listed in the National Farmers Market Directory.

Since 2008, farmers market establishments in Missouri has grown by 74 percent.

"Part of the Department of Agriculture’s mission is to provide value-added opportunities for Missouri’s producers to connect with their customers,” Director Richard Fordyce said. “Farmers markets are one way we can build that relationship between those who grow the food and those who eat it.”

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Nixon Delivers Message About The Situation In Ferguson - Issues Statement About Bob McCullough

Below you can read Gov. Nixon’s message.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Following Nixon’s address to Missourians he released the following statement regarding St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

“From the outset, I have been clear about the need to have a vigorous prosecution of this case, and that includes minimizing any potential legal uncertainty."

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency, puts curfew in place to protect public safety and security in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency and authorizing the Missouri State Highway Patrol to put in place a curfew within the City of Ferguson in order to protect public safety and security. Tonight, the curfew will begin at midnight and expire at 5 a.m.

The Governor announced the actions from Greater St. Mark Family Church, where he was accompanied by local elected officials; the superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Col. Ron Replogle; and Patrol Troop C commander, Capt. Ron Johnson, who the Governor has placed in command of directing security matters in Ferguson.

Miss Warren County Crowned 2014 Missouri State Fair Queen

Miss Hanna Keene from Warrenton was named the 2014 Missouri State Fair Queen.  Miss Keene received the highest score of 58 contestants vying for the title in the competition.  Miss Keene will reign over the remaining State Fair events and be an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri agriculture throughout the coming year.

SEDALIA, Mo. –Miss Hanna Keene from Warrenton was named the 2014 Missouri State Fair Queen in a ceremony held yesterday, Aug. 8.

Miss Keene received the highest score of 58 contestants vying for the title in the competition held at 3 p.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.

Miss Keene will reign over the remaining State Fair events and be an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri agriculture throughout the coming year. Winning entries have also been announced in the Fine Arts Department and Opening Day Parade.

Gov. Nixon Orders Comprehensive Review So Missouri Lottery Keeps Promise To Public Schools

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that he has ordered the Office of Administration to conduct a comprehensive review of the Missouri Lottery’s operations to assess its ability to carry out its voter-approved mandate to provide a stable funding source for public schools.

Gov. Nixon said, “For more than two decades, Missourians have counted on the lottery to help provide the resources our schools need to deliver the high quality education our kids deserve,”

Gov. Nixon Denies Clemency of Convicted Murderer John Middleton

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  A former methamphetamine dealer, John Middleton,  was executed Wednesday for killing three people in rural northern Missouri in 1995.

Earlier this evening the Governor’s Office released the following statement by Gov. Jay Nixon regarding his decision on the petition for clemency from John Middleton.

Nixon said, “After a final briefing from my counsel and a comprehensive review by my office, I have denied the petition for clemency from three-time convicted murderer John Middleton. Each request is considered and decided on its own merit and set of facts, and this is a process and a power of the Governor I do not take lightly.”

Gov. Nixon Says Special Interest Tax Breaks Jeopardize Outdoor Economy

Special sales tax breaks would drain $245.7 million over the next decade from voter-approved resources for conservation, parks and soil and water districts.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The series of special interest sales tax exemptions passed by the General Assembly in the final hours of the legislative session would reduce funding for wildlife conservation, state parks, and soil and water conservation efforts by $245.7 million over the next decade and undermine Missouri’s thriving outdoor economy, Gov. Jay Nixon said today.

“For decades, these voter-approved resources for conservation and state parks have helped make Missouri a national leader in wildlife and soil and water conservation and outdoor recreation,” Gov. Nixon said. “Unfortunately, the grab bag of sales tax breaks passed by the General Assembly would siphon these resources away from our parks and conservation areas, and redirect them to a select few special interests.”

Nixon Vetoes SB 493 - Calls On School Leaders To Support State Plan For Struggling School Districts

Senate Bill 493 fails to address challenges resulting from existing transfer law and instead would create even more problems for students and families, Governor says

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon yesterday vetoed Senate Bill 493, which would have diverted public, taxpayer dollars to private schools and exacerbated the hardships faced by students in struggling districts and their families. The Governor called on school districts in the region to support the state’s plan to improve the financial stability and academic performance of troubled schools.

“Senate Bill 493 would make a difficult situation even worse by diverting public funds to private schools and imposing new financial hardships on students and families,” Gov. Nixon said. “Not only does Senate Bill 493 fail to solve the school transfer problems it was intended to address, it would create new problems and exacerbate the hardships faced by children who attend unaccredited schools. Senate Bill 493 would undermine our schools, shortchange students, and impose new financial hardships on families. It cannot become law.”

Gov. Nixon Says Study Shows Medicaid Inaction Is Costing Missouri Jobs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today issued a statement regarding a report from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) showing health care job growth in Missouri is falling behind its peer states that have moved forward on Medicaid.

According to MERIC, health care job growth in Missouri has slowed to half what it was in 2011 and 2012. In addition, since January the average health care job growth rate in peer states that expanded Medicaid was more than double that of Missouri’s.

BREAKING NEWS: Governor Nixon Signs Bill Prohibiting Protests During Fallen Soldier Funerals

Photo taken during the 2010 Memorial Day ceremony at Jefferson Barracks.(Courtesy of Scott Holste Press Secretary for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today signed House Bill 1372 to protect the families of fallen Missouri soldiers at funeral services.

The bill, which was passed unanimously by both the Missouri House and Senate, is patterned after a local Missouri city ordinance that was upheld by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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