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Grater ambitions: 1936 initiative paved the whey for better cheese

Missouri is nacho ordinary state when it comes to the cheese industry. From the existence of the massive Springfield underground warehouse serving as dairy storage for Kraft, to the use of Provel that makes St. Louis-style pizza a unique signature dish, there are many interesting facts about cheese in our state. Here’s another bit of trivia that dates back more

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A Top Agriculture Commodity: Data

For decades, companies have been collecting data to improve their brand and connect better with consumers. Computers and the internet have blazed a trail for what is being called “the Digital Age” or “Information Age.” Humanity’s ability to collect and store data continues to expand exponentially. The consumer’s desire and competitive advantage’s reliance on new information both advance this data

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Data Dive: An investment in our future

By Nick Hartman Research and development spending is critical to our state’s economic future. Fortunately, Missouri’s private businesses and universities have made our state a leading location for this type of forward-thinking investment. Spending on research and development has seen a consistent rise. According to the Missouri 2030 Dashboard, Missouri ranks 16th in research and development as a percentage of

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“We don’t give up” — Facing floods, excess rain and a trade war, Missouri farmers plow forward

Andy Clay had an eerie feeling coming into this spring. This past winter, federal officials began telling farmers to expect high water on the Missouri River, which runs adjacent to the rich bottomland that Clay and his family have been farming for seven generations — before Missouri was even a state. Sure enough, by May the water was quickly rising

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Welcome to 39 North: Plant science companies bloom in St. Louis’ growing ag tech innovation district

When a farmer plants a cover crop in between the year’s two cash crops, it protects and enriches the soil, but that off-season crop typically doesn’t yield a profitable harvest itself. That’s where a plant such as CoverCress comes in. For six years, a team of scientists has been developing the new species based on the native pennycress plant. Not

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Automation experts: HTE Technologies helps make automation a reality

Visiting HTE Technologies on April 2 was a little like stepping into a scene from “The Jetsons.” Automated carts delivered drinks to attendees. A pallet-carrying robot moved back and forth between destinations, avoiding people and finding alternate routes if blocked by a crowd. Another device piggybacked a robotic arm on top of an autonomous cart — the system safely moved

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Powered up: Grid overhaul provides a boost to businesses across Missouri

Legislation passed in 2018 promised to modernize Missouri’s electrical grid. Today, that’s becoming a reality as our state is undergoing its biggest across-the-board power system upgrade. The work is massive in scale and amounts to more than a billion dollars in investment each year for Missouri. Yet, for most consumers, the changes happening so far are largely invisible — even

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Venture Capital Checkup: Young companies illustrate improving entrepreneurship climate

Weight, blood pressure, wellness questions — a visit to the doctor’s office today generates a lot of data. Although this provides crucial insight into a patient’s well-being, it’s only a snapshot. Relying on this episodic information alone can leave caregivers blind to daily changes or concerning trends that develop between visits. Blake Marggraff wants to fill in those blanks. The

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Fintech in Missouri: Finance institutions increased tech workforce 19 percent in past five years

Along with research released in the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Technology 2030 report earlier this year, Economic Leadership LLC conducted a spinoff study focused on Missouri’s financial tech industry (fintech). As explored in Technology 2030, the technology sector offers great economic opportunity for Missouri, a state that remains a low-cost location compared to coastal cities. Technology work in the financial sector

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