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Goals with Goats

College sophomore hopes to expand her farming operation in the future STRAFFORD, MO. - Tucked deep within the Ozarks countryside in Strafford, Mo., is a once-defined “hobby farm” making waves.  Addy Crocker, a Missouri State University student, along with the help of her parents, has started a small goat farm with big dreams for the future. Just before COVID became rampant...

Officer and Budding Entrepreneur

Emma Robinson earned a spot on the State FFA Officer Team and has her own pork business  REPUBLIC, MO. - At just 18 years old, Emma Robinson of Republic, Mo., has amassed an impressive number of accolades. She was named a 2024-2025 Missouri State FFA Vice President in April.  “There was a long interview process that began at the area level,”...

Finding Their Place

The T Bar C Ranch has a cow/calf operation and offers farm-raised beef MOUNTAIN HOME, ARK. - Kris and Jamie (Turnbo) Cooley have more than five generations of farming and ranching in their blood. Both grew up on farms and watched the struggles and successes of running large and small ranches. Yet, even with all that history, when the Cooleys started the...

Getting Better

Miller Angus Ranch focuses on generations of quality females and quality bulls SPOKANE, MO. - Recently, Rick Miller, owner of the Miller Angus Ranch near Spokane, Mo., took his mare and showed his cutting horse skills in the Intermediate Amateur division in a competition in Fort Worth, Texas.  “Professionals ride every day and train horses,” noted Rick. “Amateurs like me might...

Keeping it Local

Johnny and D’Lyna Bell own and operate a large hay operation, a feed store and other businesses  PANGBURN, ARK. - In the tiny town of Pangburn,  Ark., there’s a big attraction that serves the local agricultural community and catches the attention of people in nearby towns and sometimes even tourists.  Main Street Feed has been in Johnny and D’Lyna Bell’s family...

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Emily Castillo

Age: 18 Hometown: White Hall, Ark.  Parents: Thomas and Carla Castillo Sibling: Taylor Castillo What is your involvement in agriculture?  “I have been a member of the White Hall FFA Chapter and Livestock Show Team for the past four years. I currently hold the sentinel officer position. I have shown chickens for four years, and raised and shown lambs for two years. I don’t...

Jessica Eubanks

Hometown: Waggoner, Okla.  Family: Husband, Bobby Eubanks; and children, Josie Pruitt, Layne Eubanks, and Abbie and Mayzi McCarthy In Town: Jessica Eubanks is a transportation officer at the Oklahoma School for the Blind. She has been in her position with the state for about eight months.  In the Country: Jessica and her family have a small show pig operation. “My two oldest daughters started it with their...

Shined to Perfection

Conway County, Ark., museum boasts a look at history through automobiles  When Winthrop Rockefeller started the Museum of Automobiles in October 1964, the now late governor of Arkansas could not have imagined, it would still be providing entertainment and education to so many 60 years later.  Located in central Arkansas on Petit Jean Mountain in Conway County, the museum boasts 50...

Miller’s Quality Processing

Location: Dardanelle, Ark.  Owners: James and Tiffany Miller History: Gordan Miller started Arkansas Quality Processing more than 25 years ago in Dardanelle, Ark. His son James worked at the facility as well.  “Gordan retired eight years ago, and we bought the business from him,” Tiffany Miller, James’ wife, explained. “This is all my husband knows.” Products and Services: Miller’s Quality Processing offers custom beef, pork...

Princeton Jordan

Age: 14 Hometown: Conway, Mo.  Parents: Brad and Zanadu Jordan Siblings: Peyton and Paris Jordan FFA Chapter: Marshfield FFA FFA Advisors: Justin Cron and Tanner Koenig 4-H Club: Farm and Field 4-H Club 4-H Leaders: Jeremy and Joni Day What is your involvement in agriculture?  “I am in Dairy Cattle Judging in FFA. On the farm, I usually wash and dry out my show cattle and walk them...

Amanda Bradley

Hometown: Conway, Mo. Family: Shane Bradley; and sons Nolan and Wren Bradley  In Town: “I’m heading into my third year teaching English at Conway High School. For the past nine, years I’ve been involved in education in some way, whether through homeschooling my own children, working at their preschools, subbing in Marshfield public schools, or in the case of the last two years, teaching high...

Developing Dairy Heifers

There are many factors to consider when raising or buying dairy replacements  The historically low cattle inventory across the nation has some cattle producers looking...

The Influence of Nutrition on Birthweight

Moderation is key to easy births and healthy calves The way producers manage the nutrition of pregnant dams can impact calves’ birthweights and their ability...

The Fly Battle

Methods to combat horn flies in cattle herds The horn fly is an important pest due to the negative impact it can have on cattle...

Testing the Waters

Producers should be proactive in testing water sources Livestock producers invest money and time into providing the best forage, feed rations and supplements for their...

Potential Hazards Lurking in Pastures

After years of drought, poisonous plants and weeds could be emerging This spring the beauty of green pastures throughout the Ozarks is a special view...

Managing First-Calf Heifers for Optimal Performance

Management is far from over after heifers calve Producers who raise their own replacement females invest a significant amount of time and money to develop...