Morning Minutes: Dairy farmers ponder future, Burns & Mac goes global

The Brandt Dairy in Osage County is growing while the number of dairy farmers overall is declining. | Courtesy of Bell Johnson
Missouri dairy farmers and industry advocates say Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act could spell trouble for the future of the state’s dairy farms. | Courtesy of Bell Johnson

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Dairy farmers see future in jeopardy without insurance subsidy

The Missouri Legislature’s failure to override the veto of an agriculture bill could jeopardize the future of dairy farms in the state, farmers and industry advocates say. The Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act would have allowed the state to pay a portion of the insurance premiums in the federal farm bill’s insurance program.

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Fed opens economy museum near Gateway Arch

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has opened an “Inside the Economy” museum on the ground floor of its downtown office building. With the Great Recession seared so deeply in the public consciousness, the St. Louis Fed designed its $3 million museum to focus on the economy, with information about scarcity, markets, unemployment, inflation and banking.

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Burns & McDonnell launches international division

Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City’s largest engineering and architecture firm, announced today it is creating an international division headed by Mike Brown, currently vice president of global facilities. Brown said the international division is being created to address infrastructure needs in developing nations around the world.

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A-B InBev announces new North American president

Anheuser-Busch InBev has promoted North America zone President Luiz Fernando Edmond to head of global sales and appointed João Castro Neves to take his place.

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Prolific apartment developer foresees more growth in KC market

Although the Kansas City-area apartment pipeline continues to swell, with about 8,000 new units scheduled for delivery in 2014 and 2015, the managing partner of Cityscape Residential said the supply still has not met the demand for luxury apartments.

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