The lower Mississippi River may soon experience record low levels last seen in the 1930’s. That’s according to the Army Corps of Engineers, who are responsible for the Lock and Damn system which keeps the upper Mississippi navigable despite the drought.
This year's drought has taken a toll on a crop that gets more attention this time of year: Christmas trees. But one expert says it has not affected sales.
"There is no shortage of trees, there's plenty to be had and the price hasn't gone up. What has gone up is basically based on inflation- nothing more. At least that's been my experience with people I've talked to in the industry," said David Daniken of the Illinois Christmas Tree Association.
Daniken works on a tree farm in Pocahontas, which is 40 miles east of St. Louis.
The McDonough County Comprehensive Plan Committee made some last minute changes before sending the plan to the full county board for its approval.
Most significantly, almost all references to “land use” were removed. Some committee members and the McDonough County Farm Bureau Board of Directors treated the seven letter phrase like a four letter word and feared it would eventually lead to the “z” word: zoning.