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Rolla, MO, United States

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Past articles by Jonathan:

Missouri S&T professor is looking to AI to help with kidney transplants

A four-year study will help develop AI software that will speed up the process of matching donated kidneys with patients in need, especially those not at the top of the transplant list. → Read More

A new, divided Congress will have to take on a new Farm Bill with far-reaching effects

The Farm Bill, which sets important policy on matters such as crop insurance and SNAP benefits, is up for renewal next year. The results of the midterm elections may not shed much light on how that legislation will end up. → Read More

Leaders says Fort Leonard Wood is an asset that also needs improvements

The annual meeting of the Sustainable Ozark Partnership was an opportunity to tout big projects underway at Fort Leonard Wood and also identify areas that need improvement. → Read More

State fair season is almost here. Many hope for a return to pre-pandemic attendance

While COVID isn’t as big a concern this year, fairs are keeping in place some of the protocols they picked up during the pandemic. At the same time, they are keeping an eye on other threats to crowd levels. → Read More


Beefalo, a bison-cattle hybrid, is being touted as the healthy meat of the future

Supporters cite the beefalo's hardiness, ease of breeding and the leaner, protein-rich healthier meat, but others say the costly crossbreed weakens the genetic line of the bison. → Read More

Beefalo — producers say this cattle and bison crossbreed provides the best of both

The crossbreed gained some attention in the 1970s. Supporters today say there is big potential to provide better, healthier meat by combining the best qualities of the two animals, in just the right amount. → Read More

Missouri S&T researcher is helping develop laser surgery of the future

The research done with Yale University shows the maximum amount of light energy that can be focused at a particular point through layers of other materials like human tissue. → Read More

The beef industry has big climate impacts. A new plan lays out a more sustainable path

The wide-ranging plan is entirely voluntary, but leaders say that they have buy-in and that each of the action items is economically feasible without drastic changes to beef prices or profits for producers, processors and retailers. → Read More

MoDOT is looking for public input on ramps and bridges on a 3-mile stretch of I-64

The department is studying Interstate 64 from Kingshighway to Jefferson for upgrades and repairs that could take place over the next five to 10 years. → Read More

Pork producers are taking a gamble to get more money for lobbying and lawsuits

Looking for ways to fund lobbying and legal efforts to preserve their way of business, pork producers are turning down guaranteed money that could go to advertising in hopes it will lead to voluntary donations of unrestricted funds. → Read More

Food prices will see biggest increase in 14 years, according to Missouri researchers

The University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute is projecting a trip to the grocery store will cost 5% more in 2022 compared to last year. → Read More

Farm shows are a rural tradition. But after COVID, their future is uncertain

The pandemic introduced virtual options for the farm show. With a declining number of farmers and technology improvements, some predict an eventual end to the in-person gatherings. → Read More

St. Louis group gives free Christmas trees to 15,000 soldiers

The nationwide program is based in St. Louis, and Fort Leonard Wood is one of 77 military installations around the country to get the trees. → Read More

Missouri S&T will move forward on campus improvements

The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved four major projects on the Rolla campus, including upgrading two entrance areas. → Read More

A new waterways definition could put farmers and environmentalists at odds

The Biden administration is looking to redefine what it means for a body of water to be included in the Waters of the United States, which could mean new regulations for farmers. → Read More

High-tech group will work to improve rural health care in the region

The high-tech innovation group BioSTL has opened a center to focus on bringing new technologies to the region to expand quality care to remote areas. → Read More

Students and grads are bringing attention to Rolla trades program

Current and former students are playing a role in the Rolla school district’s $25 million construction project, adding to and renovating four buildings. → Read More

Federal food benefits help rural economies more than urban ones

A new report from the USDA shows benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, have a bigger impact on rural economies. → Read More

Rolla horn player overcomes challenge to make it to the marching field

Carter Chance has cerebral palsy, but a little bit of tech and a lot of strength helped him achieve his goal of marching in the high school band. → Read More

Blunt visits rural areas to advocate for broadband expansion and vaccines

Missouri’s senior senator traveled to six small towns to talk about economic development and health care issues facing rural areas. → Read More