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Room to Grow

Couple turns to direct marketing to increase their ranch’s revenue LAMAR, MO. - Cameron and Jacquelyn Whetten tried ranching with Cameron’s family in his native Mexico after they were married, but it was tough.  “There just isn’t enough grass,” Cameron said. “A cow/calf pair can rotationally graze 2, 3 or 5 acres here, but down there, you are lucky to have...

A Passion and Calling

The Peterson family strives to produce quality products with integrity and tradition  MOUNTAIN GROVE, MO. - “The Same Beef We Feed Our Family” is the slogan of 7P Farms, a family-owned and -operated farm just outside of Mountain Grove, Mo.  Although the owners, Jacob and Emily Peterson, raise livestock of all kinds, their primary focus is high-quality, farm-raised beef. Jacob and Emily...

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...

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Kailey Doehring

Age: 14 Hometown: Conway, Mo. Parent: Becky Doehring Siblings: Hailey and Ady Doehring 4-H Club: Beef Kids 4-H  Club Leader: Becky Doehring What is your involvement in agriculture? “My involvement in agriculture consist of being an active member and officer of our 4-H club, The Beef Kids. I also raise my own cattle on our family farm in Conway, Mo. My herd consists of registered Brahmousin...

Teresa Stout

Hometown: Drury, Mo.  Husband: Randy Stout, as well as adult children, grandchildren and two great-grandchildren In Town: Teresa Stout has been in the financial/lending industry for several years. She has been with FCS Financial in West Plains, Mo., and serves as a financial services specialist.  “I assist in taking applications and processing farm/ag loans,” Teresa explained. “Some I can do from the beginning; others I...

Quality Meat Co LLC

Location: Seymour, Mo.  Owner: Marcus Knepp History: Marcus Knepp started Quality Meat Co LLC in October 2017. “I was looking for something to start for my family and this seemed like an opportunity in this area,” he said. Around the same time, Marcus said others also saw the need, and custom processors began to spring up. He said the first couple of years...

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...

Brooke Shepherd

Hometown: Jasper, Ark. Parents: Bill and Sarah Shepherd  Siblings: River and Spring Shepherd FFA Chapter: Jasper FFA Chapter Advisor: Mason Dorrell What is your involvement in agriculture?  “Two years ago, I would have laughed if you had told me I would be a strawberry farmer. My dad gardens, so I started gardening, too. I have been doing it for about a year and a half, and the first year is...

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,...

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...