Missouri agriculture is in the midst of changes. Traditional marketing channels are proving to be tough sledding for many independent producers, so they're taking matters into their own hands. Farmers are joining together to process and market their products. Each month, host Kyle Vickers looks at some of Missouri's producer-owned projects. He will be joined by some farmers and others who are right in the middle of the action, taking charge of their own future.
April 4 at 8 p.m. and April 7 at 6:30 p.m.
(Repeat from February)
Kyle Vickers looks at the Affordable Care Act with the help of Timothy McBride, from the The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI). McBride, chairman of the Medicaid oversight committee for Missouri is from Washington University, has advised political leaders on the health care legislation.
We also get a health care practitioners view on this subject by visiting with Bryan Coffey, Chief Executive Officer of the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, Missouri. He believes that the Governor's expansion of Medicaid and adoption of the Affordable Care Act is the only way his hospital and many others can continue to provide care in their communities.
About your host
Kyle (right, with Smiley) is a farmer in Vernon County, Missouri, who's farm is a diversified grain and livestock family operation. He received a B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, helped organize the Missouri Farmers Union, served as chairman of the Missouri Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Committee and went on to serve eight years as Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.