Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Deadline to apply is August 28, 2020

CFAP provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities.

Non-specialty crops eligible for CFAP payments include malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, and hard red spring wheat. Hard red winter wheat and soft red winter wheat are currently ineligible for CFAP. Producers will be paid based on inventory subject to price risk on hand as of January 15, 2020. A payment will be made based 50 percent of a producer’s 2019 total production or the 2019 inventory as of January 15, 2020, whichever is smaller, multiplied by the commodity’s applicable payment rates. Livestock eligible for CFAP include cattle, lambs, yearlings and hogs.

The total payment will be calculated using the sum of the producer’s number of livestock sold between January 15 and April 15, 2020, multiplied by the payment rates per head, and the highest inventory number of livestock between April 16 and May 14, 2020, multiplied by the payment rate per head. For dairy, the total payment will be calculated based on a producer’s certification of milk production for the first quarter of calendar year 2020. For eligible specialty crops, the total payment will be based on the volume of production sold between January 15 and April 15, 2020. A full list of eligible crops can be found on

All production, sales, and inventory of eligible commodities and livestock must be subject to price risk as of January 15, 2020. Unpriced inventory or production subject to price risk means any production, sales, and inventory that is not subject to an agreed-upon price in the future through a forward contract, agreement, or similar binding document. The producer’s eligible commodity and/or livestock must still be at risk of price fluctuations after January 15, 2020 to be eligible for the payment. Producers can apply for assistance now.

Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020. The Bates County FSA office is open for business by phone appointment only. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone and using online tools whenever possible.

More information, the CFAP application and eligibility forms, please visit For questions please contact the Bates County office at 660-679-6112

The Missouri Grown Market mobilizes for the Missouri State Fair

The Missouri Grown Market will be back for the 2020 Missouri State Fair Youth Livestock Show! The mobile market will be located on the fairgrounds near the Historic Administration Building and open to the public on Aug. 12-20.

The Missouri Grown Mobile Market will feature many of these products grown and produced by members across the state, including sauces, jams, meat sticks, pickles and nuts, to name a few. New this year, the market will offer “I am Missouri Grown” t-shirts for customers to express their Missouri Grown pride.

Fairgoers will have the opportunity to shop for snack foods and take-home ingredients from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Please note the market will accept cash and credit card, and has a limited product supply.

Missouri Grown’s mission is to connect producers to consumers and consumers to agriculture. From pears to pork, hundreds of fresh and nutritious products are grown by the men and women of Missouri agriculture. When you pick Missouri Grown products, you show your state pride and support your neighbors — the farmers and business owners who make Missouri so great.

Butler Youth Center Will Not Open This Fall

The Butler Youth Center will not open this fall.  According to Kris Jenkins, president of the BCYAC, “We feel it would be irresponsible to open the Center in light of the current health conditions. It was not a decision that was made lightly.” The Center, operated by the Bates County Youth Advocacy Council, provides recreation, food, and adult and peer mentoring for area children and is located on the Butler R-V high school campus.
Kelly Stark, manager of the Center,  added, “We hope to return as soon as it possible. We miss our kids and worry about them.”

Clinton Police Officer – Gone But Not Forgotten

Today we remember an officer whose sacrifice changed our community and the culture of this department forever. Every Clinton Police Officer will forever carry Officer Gary Michael Jr.’s legacy. We strive every day to live up to the expectation he set for all of us- selfless duty, unwavering honor and fearless service. “Service Above Self” is the height of the bar set before us by 321.

On August 6, 2017, Officer Gary Michael Jr., radio number 321, stopped a vehicle in the 100 Block of East Green Street for operating without headlights. Officer Michael was ambushed on his initial approach and was shot. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Michael returned fire and in turn wounded the suspect, effectively stopping the assault and rendering the suspect incapable of any possible further assault on other responding officers.