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Farmer Jeff Jones and his daughters feed grain to their foraging cattle once a day in Callaway County, Mo. (File: Kris Husted/Harvest Public Media)
Farmer Jeff Jones and his daughters feed grain to their foraging cattle once a day in Callaway County, Mo. (File: Kris Husted/Harvest Public Media)

Critics of the so-called Right to Farm amendment to Missouri’s state Constitution brought their case to the state Supreme Court Wednesday. 

The amendment is meant to protect Missouri farmers from new laws that would change current farm practices.

Critics of the amendment, including many small farmers and animal rights groups, say the wording of the statute opens the door for foreign corporations to exploit Missouri farmland. The ballot language voters saw in November 2014 specified protection for “Missouri citizens.” But the actual amendment language does not.

(Will Curran/Flickr)
(Will Curran/Flickr)

Egg cartons can have a baffling variety of labels, each making claims about how the eggs were produced. Pinning down the definitions of these labels is hard. A little research reveals that the definitions are often open to interpretation, even by the producers themselves.

Here's what we found about cage-free, free-range, organic and natural eggs.

The Republican River basin provides irrigation for millions of acres of farmland in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. Management of the river is governed by a compact signed by the states in 1943. (File: Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)
The Republican River basin provides irrigation for millions of acres of farmland in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. Management of the river is governed by a compact signed by the states in 1943. (File: Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday ordered Nebraska to pay the state of Kansas $5.5 million in the latest chapter of a long-running legal dispute over water use in the Republican River.

Kansas and Nebraska have been battling for years over the water in the Republican River, which runs from Colorado to Kansas, through Nebraska. Farmers in all three states depend on the Republican River to irrigate their fields.

Kansas alleged Nebraska was negligent when it allowed irrigators to use more than its share of the river basin’s water in the dry years of 2005 and 2006, which left less water for Kansas farmers and ranchers.

An arbitrator known as a special master found in 2013 that damages to Kansas amount to $3.7 million and ruled that Nebraska should pay an additional $1.8 million penalty.

The Supreme Court agreed and upheld the special master’s recommendation.

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