Debate about Missouri River spending roils farmers, environmentalists

Saturday, March 3, 2012 | 5:07 p.m. CST; updated 5:28 p.m. CST, Saturday, March 3, 2012

KANSAS CITY — A boost in proposed spending for environmental projects along the Missouri River is angering farmers who claim last year's flooding is evidence that the spending focus needs to shift to flood protection. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers disputes the idea that flood protection is taking a backseat to the environment.