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A One-Man Operation

Young producer Beau Smith operates a multi-species farm DEER, ARK. - “I do it all myself,” Beau Smith said of his farming operation. The young farmer has heritage-breed chickens, purebred Wagyu, rabbits and “Ozark Mountain cattle.”  From the tiny town of Deer, Ark., Beau grew up farming from the beginning. His love for everything in the livestock industry began on his...

Deeply Rooted in Agriculture and Farming

Hoskins Cattle Company has a long history in Arkansas CHELSEA, OKLA. - Chris and Ashley Hoskins continually claim they didn’t do anything special.  The family farm, Hoskins Cattle Company, however, is something special as it was named the 2023 District 6 Farm Family of the Year. “We were very fortunate, humbled to be picked,” Chris said. “We’re not a large-scale full-time operation....

Building a Farm and a Market

Family utilizes multiple species and sells directly to consumers CONWAY, MO. - Sometimes, it isn’t about how much land you farm but how you farm your land. Joe and Kelli Hernandez are making the most from their 40-acre farm with a multi-species operation and direct marketing of their farm products. They purchased the farm in 2019, and 2023 was their first...

Constantly Evolving

Caleb Simpson says joining FFA showed him more about agriculture  BOLIVAR, MO. - Growing up, Caleb Simpson was no stranger to the agricultural way of life. He didn’t live on a farm, but his grandparents, Billy and Kay Dryer, own a Polk County, Mo., Century Farm, where Caleb spent a great deal of time helping out with the cattle operation. When...

From Montana to Missouri

Family finds the climate in the Ozarks more hospitable for cattle production CROCKER, MO. - Nearly seven years ago, Jim and Stephanie Bailey decided they had endured as many Montana winters as they could stand. With that decision, they moved from the Billings, Mont., area to 150 acres in Pulaski County, Mo., outside Crocker. “Stephanie has relatives nearby, and we’ve been...

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A Love for the Mother Road

Couple renovates former Marathon Gas and Oil Station in Miami, Okla.   MIAMI, OKLA. - The saying “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” comes alive as a young couple in Northeast Oklahoma work to uphold the tradition of the Mother Road. Eli Chenowith, along with his fiance, Tori Lofgren, have revitalized two 1920s era gas stations along Route 66 in Miami,...

Roberts Feed

Location: Clinton, Ark. Owner: Brock Roberts History: After working in a feed store during college, Brock Roberts thought it would be a business he would enjoy, but he didn’t want to start one from scratch. On Feb. 1, 2023, Brock got his opportunity to become a business owner by purchasing French Feed in Clinton, Ark. “When I got out of college, it...

Paige Yarber

Hometown: Russellville and Ozark, Ark.  Family: Husband Corey Yarber and son Tate (1) In Town: Paige Yarber is the Farm Service Agency County Executive Director for Franklin, Johnson and Logan counties.  “I’ve been in Ozark for about a year, but I have been with FSA for about four years,” Paige said. “I am on the farm program side, and what we do...

Kirsten Keck

Age: 15 Hometown: Conway, Mo.  Parents: Jason and Mary Ann Keck Sibling: Hunter What is your involvement in agriculture? “I raise and show registered Shropshire Sheep with my family as part of RoKaJo. My first ewe lamb was given to me by my grandpa, Bob Johnson. I have exhibited at local, state and national level shows. Through these experiences, I met Bret Oelke, a...

Jaclyn Carroll

Hometown: Montrose, Mo. Family: Husband Austin; daughter Paisley (2); and parents Kelly and Carmen Smith In Town: Jaclyn Carroll is the farm business counselor for the New Growth Community Development Corporation, a rural community development non-profit corporation based in west central Missouri. She had held the position for two years.  “A lot of my time is spent working one-on-one with small farm businesses,”...

Mansfield Feed & Farm Supply

Location: Mansfield, Mo.  Owners: Scott and Lisa Connell History: Scott and Lisa Connell opened Mansfield Feed & Farm Supply in September 2022 to serve farmers and ranchers of their community.  “We started the business from scratch,” Lisa explained. “We’re farmers and  we know how difficult it is to get the supplies you need.” Products and Services: Mansfield Feed & Farm Supply carries a...

Catching a Buzz

Bees can boost pasture and forage growth, nurturing sustainable agriculture For farmers, bees prove to be valuable allies, fostering thriving pastures and bountiful forage crops...

Biosecurity Plans

The importance of implementing biosecurity in cattle operations to prevent and reduce disease  Keeping cattle healthy and free of disease requires a variety of management practices....

Reducing Stress

Limiting stressors on cattle can make a positive impact on reproduction  Stress takes its toll on cattle in many ways. One of the consequences of...

Utilizing Colostrum

Management practices to keep in mind when feeding colostrum to calves There are many ‘must-have’ supplies for every cattle operation. But when it comes to one...

Short Takes, Thoughts and Stuff

Things to keep in mind in the new year  Here’s some early year thoughts relative to farming, ranching, agriculture and life in general. Goal Setting: We...

Mare and Foal Care

Horse owners should understand the needs at and after foaling When striving to master foaling, horse owners need to understand the basic needs of their...