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Going Direct to Consumers

Brian and Sarah Gripe focus on developing high-quality beef for the best price LOCKWOOD, MO. - After working in the food industry, Brian Gripe and family moved back to Southwest Missouri a few years ago to be closer to family, near to the farm where he was raised. Today, Brian and Sarah Gripe and their children Liam and Amelia live on...

For the Love of Katahdins

A surprise from her husband has brought Sharon Corum decades of joy WILLARD, MO. - Career educator and self-described animal lover, Sharon Corum, cited love of her sheep as the primary motivating factor that has kept her shepherding her Katahdin flock for almost 20 years. Larry and Sharon Corum live on a farm in rural Willard, Mo., where they also have...

Coming Home to the Farm

Michele Broxton returned to her family’s farm, changing it into a profitable venture ROLLA, MO. - Michele Broxton of Phelps County, Mo., is a very busy lady.  In 2009, when her dad Floyd Huffman, who operated Huffman Mobile Homes for many years, got sick, she quit her job in human resources in Nashville, and moved home to Rolla, Mo., to follow...

Building a New Program

Cattleman John Murphy spearheads a new agriculture minor at Southwest Baptist University BOLIVAR, MO. - Southwest Baptist University Associate Biology Professor John Murphy has a passion for agriculture, a passion he is now bringing to the students of the private-Christian university in Bolivar, Mo.  Armed with a Ph.D. in agronomy from Kansas State University, a master’s in biology from South Dakota...

Family Ties

Generations of the Wrinkle family has raised cattle in Laclede County, Mo.  LEBANON, MO. - Aaron Wrinkle and his family, including the generation before and the one coming after him, stay busy on their century farm of 70 acres in eastern Laclede County, just outside of Lebanon, Mo.  They have a cow/calf operation of approximately 30 head, which includes both...

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Hannah Fehring

• Age: 16 • Hometown: Neosho, Mo. • Parents: David and Julia Fehring  • Siblings: Austin Fehring and Alec Fehring • FFA Chapter: Neosho FFA • Chapter Advisors: Kelin Kruse, Austin Steele and Jennifer Thogmartin What is your involvement in agriculture?  “I grew up on a registered Holstein and Brown Swiss dairy farm in the little town of Rocky Comfort, Mo. We later moved to Neosho where my family started...

Dr. Katie Peterson

• Family: Husband Andrew “Pete” Peterson, son Case (8) and daughter Zella (6)  • Hometown: Mountain Grove, Mo.  In Town: Dr. Katie Peterson is the owner and dentist at the Katie D. Peterson, DDS, PC clinic in Mountain Grove, Mo. Katie grew up in her grandfather’s dental office in her hometown. When she left for college at Missouri State, she knew she...

Joplin Greenhouse and Coffee House

• Owners: Curt and Jill Carr • Location: Joplin, Mo. History: Curt Carr and his wife Jill opened the Joplin Greenhouse in Joplin, Mo., in May 2001 with a retail garden center, adding a full-service florist the same year. Curt had previously worked as a salesman for a large grower in the area that shipped all over the United States.  “I wanted to...

Magic in the Minerals

Fair Haven Park was once the site of a mineral spring that drew crowds FAIR HAVEN, MO. - What did people use for medicine in 1885 when there were no antibiotics or any of what we call modern medicines?  They sought natural remedies, and mineral springs became popular places for healing. On Aug. 8, 1885, a town was laid out at...

Nicholas Harris

• Age: 11 • Hometown: Fayetteville, Ark. • Parents: Nathan and Jody Harris • Siblings: Natalie, Mallory, Michael • 4-H Club: Washington County Goin’ Showin’ 4-H Club • Club Leader: Amy Horn What is your involvement in agriculture? “Currently, I have a poultry project and vegetable garden for 4-H. I have raised 12 Plymouth Rock laying hens and six Bova laying hens. I was able to take four pens of chickens...

Evans Feed Store and More

• Owner: David Evans • Location: Green Forest, Ark. History: Evans Feed Store and More began in 1947, and is a four-generation family business. Owner David Evans said his great-grandparents, Roy and Emma Humbard, and grandparents, John and Noreen Evans, started the store, which initially opened in Oak Grove, Ark., but moved to Green Forest, Ark. His parents, Bill and Carlyn Evans,...

Winter Annuals

Filling the forage gap As the cooler months creep in, warm season forages may start to wane. In the Ozarks, producers have the opportunity to...

Hypocalcemia in Beef Cattle

Underlying symptoms that should be on a producer’s radar Traditionally, producers running dairy operations are the ones monitoring their cows for symptoms of hypocalcemia. However,...

Preparing for Winter

Taking steps to maximize productivity in your herd or flock It’s never too soon to start preparing for the future. This may be especially true...

Prussic Acid Poisoning

Keeping herds safe from the deadly plant poison During stretches of drought or a frost the likelihood of prussic acid building up in Johnsongrass increases....

Changing Minerals with the Seasons

Deficiencies in certain minerals can have adverse effects on herd health As the season changes from summer to fall, livestock nutrition experts recommend producers consider...

Marketing Livestock and Farm Products

Tips from experts on developing a marketing strategies  Consumers today are eager to know where their food comes from and how it is produced. The...