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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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Briana Carr

Age: 15 Hometown: Galena, Mo.  Parents: Brent and Sheena Carr Siblings: Dalton Carr FFA Chapter: Galena FFA Advisor: Anna Barnett What is your involvement in agriculture? “I am involved in agriculture through my cattle and equine athletes. I train and compete on Quarter horses, and I also raise colts. I rope calves and work cows as well. I compete in team roping, barrels and poles. I...

Renae Engelmeier

Hometown: St. James, Mo. Family: Husband Brian Engelmeier, son Lane Engelmeier and daughter Alivia Engelmeier In Town: “I graduated with my degree in psychology. I’ve spent the last 20 years in the field of social work or education in some form or capacity. I currently work at Four Rivers as a Community Health Worker, Navigator, providing services to families in need. “I...

A Trip to Grandma’s

Longtime candy shop offers something for every sweet tooth LAKE OZARK, MO. - It isn’t summer for many people until they hit the Lake of the Ozarks. For those who take the journey, a stop by Grandma’s Candy Kitchen is a must.  Grandma’s Candy Kitchen has been located along the Bagnell Dam Strip at Lake Ozark, Mo., since 1964, offering customers...

Hill’s Feed & More

Location: Mount Vernon, Mo. Owner: Scott Hill Sales Manager: Elliott McClure  History: Scott Hill bought an existing feed and farm supply business in 2016, and started Hill’s Feed & More.  Sales Manager Elliott McClure said Scott is a longtime livestock producer in the area. “He’s always been in the ag sector, and this opportunity came up for him,” Elliott said.  Products and Services: Customers at Hill’s Feed...

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...

Selecting Dairy Sires

Maternal traits should be strong in dairy bulls Sire selection serves as a critical component of every cow herd regardless of whether it’s a beef...

Marketing Dairy Males

Dairy producers have options for their bull or steer calves  The current cattle market provides dairy producers with a variety of options when it comes...

Sailing Through the Transition

The days before and after calving are important to cow and calf health The transition stage in dairy cattle consists of the 60 days prior...

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...