Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 5

RM

| PERSPECTIVES

H A RT TO H E A RT

Power for a real winter
by Barry Hart | bhart@amec.coop

I

t's been a long time since Missouri had a real
winter, but 2018 is certainly going to qualify.
The New Year ushered in temperatures that were
below zero. My friend Duane Klute, a director
at Atchison-Holt Electric Cooperative, saw the mercury drop to minus 15 at his farm near Westboro.
Around the state cold weather was the rule and it
settled in for an extended period of time. Dramatic
wind chills made it feel much colder.
That resulted in a new all-time peak for the electric cooperative grid of 4,691 megawatt-hours set on
Jan. 1. The next day that record fell when members
used 4,848 megawatt-hours between 7 and 8 a.m.
Prior to that, the record for electricity use was
4,598 megawatt-hours set on Jan. 6, 2014.
When temperatures are this extreme, your electric cooperative pulls out all the stops in order to
ensure you have the electricity you need to stay
warm. That includes sending linemen into the fray
to repair damage to power lines.
But the effort to keep the power flowing began
long ago when leaders at Associated Electric Cooperative made critical decisions to ensure there would
be sufficient power - no matter the temperature.
Associated started supplying power to electric cooperatives in 1966 with just one coal-fired
power plant. Today, it has a diverse mix of generation sources, including coal, natural gas, wind and
hydro.
This "all of the above" power generation strategy
ensures your electric cooperative can meet your
needs without having to buy extremely expensive
power on the open market.
On those cold January days, Associated met
your cooperative's needs with coal units at Thomas
Hill and New Madrid (2,333 megawatt-hours); three
large natural gas plants located in Missouri, Arkan-

sas and Oklahoma (1,680 megawatthours), smaller peaking gas plants in
Holden and Maryville (284 megawatthours) and renewable power from
hydroelectric dams (478 megawatthours) and wind farms (26 megawatthours).
As you can see, the coal units supplied the most electricity. Carefully
maintained, and equipped with the
latest clean-coal technology, these
plants have been workhorses year
after year. Most of the time they are
the least expensive sources of power
and are the reason Missouri enjoys
rates that are much lower than many
other states.
In more recent years Associated
made the strategic decision to add generation from natural gas. Three large
combined-cycle plants, along with smaller peaking
units, add to the diversity and offer an opportunity
to take advantage of low prices on natural gas in
recent years.
Having natural gas in the mix means not only
keeping you supplied with a reliable source of electricity, but also supplying it at the lowest possible
cost. These units can be started quickly and shut
down just as fast when the weather moderates.
There's also the renewable resources, including hydropower from the federal projects in Missouri and Arkansas. In the days before Associated
was organized, electric cooperatives fought hard to
ensure these projects became reality because they
knew they would be an excellent source of clean,
low-cost electricity.
Likewise, when the first wind farm was proposed
for Missouri, the state's electric cooperatives were
quick to sign a contract for the entire output. Over

time, more wind energy has been added to the mix,
including power from projects located in Kansas
and Oklahoma.
If you study the figures above that show how
Associated met the demand for electricity on those
record-setting days, you will see that no single
source of generation would have met the entire
load. It took "all of the above" to ensure you and
hundreds of thousands of other electric cooperative
members stayed warm.
Hats off to everyone involved in the process of
powering Missouri, from the train crews that deliver
the coal, to the employees that keep gas flowing in
the pipelines, to the lineworkers who work in the
cold to the operators at the power plants. We appreciate what you do.
Hart is executive vice president of the Association
of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.

GUEST COLUMN

More funds for farming
by Jill Wood | info@ruralmissouri.coop

I remember as a child coming home from a half
day of kindergarten and going straight to the barn
ello! My name is Jill Wood and I am the to help wean pigs. My brothers and I had daily
new executive director of the Missouri chores on the farm, so it would not be unusual to
Agricultural and Small Business Develop- find me scraping barns or giving vaccine shots to
pigs in cutoff shorts and gum boots.
ment Authority. I was raised
It feels great to be working at the
on what is now a seventh-generation
Missouri Department of Agriculture,
hog farm in Henry County and graduwhere I'm surrounded with people who
ated from the University of Missouri.
can relate to my upbringing, value
I've lived in Jefferson City for nearly
hard work and are passionate about
15 years with my husband, Chris, and
agriculture as a whole.
our three children, Ty (13), Madelyn
The Missouri Agricultural and
(11) and Brody (8). Jefferson City's
Small Business Development Authorproximity to Mizzou tailgates and ball
ity's purpose is to promote the develgames really helps make it feel like
opment of agriculture and small busihome.
ness by providing additional sources
I spent the previous 13 years of
of financing.
my career working at the Missouri
Like many of you, I feel that this
Department of Labor and Industrial
Jill Wood
is a mission that is really close to my
Relations, but my passion and roots
heart. MASBDA has several programs
have always been in agriculture.
If I'm being completely honest, I have to admit that benefit agriculture and complement local bank
that it took me some time away from the farm, out financing.
Our newest program, the Meat Processing Facilin the real world, to find a true appreciation for
the hard work that was instilled in me from a very ity Investment Tax Credit, launched in January
2018. This tax credit may be claimed by a taxpayer
young age.

H

for meat processing modernization or expansion at
their processing facility, covering up to 25 percent,
or $75,000, of the upgrades.
The Beginning Farmer Loan Program is another popular MASBDA program. It assists beginning farmers in acquiring agricultural property at
reduced rates. Bonds are issued and the interest
rate on the bonds are exempt from federal and state
income taxes, which allows the bank to pass on a
lower rate to the borrower.
The Animal Waste Treatment System Loan
finances up to 100 percent of waste systems for
independent livestock and poultry producers. This
loan can be amortized for up to 10 years with a current interest rate of 5.02 percent.
I look forward to sharing with you the entire
financing portfolio MASBDA has to offer in a future
issue of Rural Missouri. As the new executive director, I'm excited to hear directly from producers,
learn about their needs and explore ways that MASBDA can help them meet those needs.
In the meantime, visit Agriculture.Mo.Gov to
learn more about producer financing options.
Wood is executive director of the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority.
FEBRUARY 2018 | RURALMISSOURI.COOP

5


http://Agriculture.Mo.Gov http://www.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - February 2018

Contents
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - Cover1
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - Cover2
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - Contents
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 4
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 5
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 6
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 7
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 8
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 9
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 10
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 11
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 12
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 13
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 14
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 15
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 16
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 17
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 18
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 19
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 20
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 21
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 22
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 23
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 24
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 25
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 26
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 27
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 28
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 29
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 30
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 31
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 32
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 33
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 34
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 35
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 36
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 37
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - 38
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - Cover3
Rural Missouri - February 2018 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202104
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202103
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202101
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202012
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202011
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202010
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202009
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202008
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202007
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202006
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202005
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202004
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202003
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202002
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202001
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201912
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201911
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201909
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201908
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201907
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201906
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201905
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201904
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201903
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201902
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201901
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201812
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201811
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201810
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201809
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201808
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201807
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201806
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201805
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201804
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201803
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201802
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201801
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201712
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201711
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201710
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201709
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201707
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201706
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201705
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201704
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201703
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201702
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201701
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201612
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201611
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201610
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201609
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201608
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201607
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201606
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201605
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201604
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201603
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201602
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201601
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201512
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201511
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201510
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201509
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201508
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201507
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201505
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201504
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201503
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201502
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201501
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201412
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201411
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201410
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201409
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201408
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201407
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201406
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201405
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201404
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201403
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201402
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201401
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201312
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201311
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201310
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201309
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201308
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201307
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201306
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201305
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201303
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201302
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201301
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201212
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201211
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201210
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201209
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201208
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201207
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201206
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201205
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201204
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201203
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201202
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201201
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201111
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201110
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201109
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201108
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201107
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201106
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201105
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201104
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/videotest
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201103
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201101
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201012
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201011
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201010
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com