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Creating a Standard

Small family farms join together to form Ozark Standard Farming Community PHILLIPSBURG, MO. - What are the odds three families would relocate to the Ozarks around the same time, become neighbors, start small farms, and then partner in a farming cooperative? If the families have common goals, then the odds are good.  Cody and Anna Long, Vitaly and Dina Nikulin, and...

Setting Priorities 

Improving soil health and animal welfare are the aim of Air2Ground Farms SQUIRES, MO. - Rich McGlamory, a veteran of the United States Air Force, and his wife, Shelley, transitioned from military life to a new endeavor focused on health and sustainability. In response to growing interest in self-sufficiency amidst the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, they founded Air2Ground Farms...

Hatching Quality

C&C Farm of Everton Ark., began raising purebred chickens about five years ago EVERTON, ARK. - After making a couple of trips to Arkansas to visit her father, Katlynn Cusick decided the Ozarks was the place for her. The region, she said, suited her, her love of the outdoors and horses, much better than her native New Jersey. Today, Katlynn, her...

It Started With 40 acres

Family grows more than 2,000 acres of sweet corn, watermelon and cantaloupe  WEBBERS FALLS, OKLA. - Bill Shelby had some long nights growing up. As soon as he was old enough, he found himself sitting on the side of the road with his cousins hocking his family’s sweet corn to passing motorists in Webbers Falls, Okla. “What we did with the...

Growing Cattle and Grass For Decades

After returning to Arkansas from California, Mike Reed partnered with his father to create Reed Cattle Company  CANEHILL, ARK. - Mike Reed grew up in Northwest Arkansas but when he got the chance to go to California, he jumped at it.  “I’d graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in mechanical engineering and I knew I didn’t want to...

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Byram Feed

Location: Sheldon, Mo. Owners: The Mike and Megan Byram family History: What started as a way to get quality show pig feed became much more for the Byram family.  “Our daughter, Kaleigh, started the business,” Megan explained. “She was a sophomore in high school, and it was her SAE project in FFA. Kaleigh was competitive with show pigs, and we had trouble...

Lena Stricklin

Age: 17 Hometown: Rolla, Mo. Parents: Ken and Alicia Stricklin 4-H Club: Little Piney 4-H Club Leader: Joyce Williams FFA Chapter: Rolla FFA Advisor: Cord Jenkins What is your involvement in agriculture? “I have been in 4-H for seven years; three years as president, three years as vice president and then one year as secretary. I’m the current president of the Phelps County 4-H Council, and I served one...

The Giant Hamburg

Red’s is a beacon of nostalgia in the Ozarks SPRINGFIELD, MO. - Springfield, Mo., the proud birthplace of Route 66, holds a special place in the hearts of travelers seeking an authentic slice of Americana. As the original creator of the iconic highway, the city has preserved its rich history, and one of the most revered symbols of that era is...

Stacy Eagleburger

Hometown: Elkland, Mo. Family: Husband Jason and daughter Kassidie In Town: Stacy Eagleburger has been a stylist since 2008 and opened her own salon, The Best Lil Hair House, in 2010. She moved the salon to her Elkland, Mo., family farm seven years ago.  In the Country: Stacy grew up in Kansas, and her family moved to Missouri in 1993.  Growing up, her family...

Kiersten Priddy

Age: 17 Hometown: Nashville, Ark. Parents: Neil and Lauren Priddy Siblings: Gatlin, Wade, Blair and Cora FFA Chapter: Spring Hill FFA Chapter Advisor: Shane Plyler 4-H Club: Nevada County 4-H Club Leader: Stacey Stone What is your involvement in agriculture? “My first exposure to agriculture occurred when I was 5 years old. At this time, I was living in the suburban area of Katy, Texas, and my grandparents gave...

Shelby Jackson

Hometown: Salem, Ark., and Flippin, Ark.  Family: Husband Tyler Jackson and daughter Rainey Jackson (2) In Town: Shelby Jackson is a farm loan manager with the Farm Service Agency.  “I oversee the farm loan officers within the five counties I’m over, which are Sharp, Fulton, Izard, Cleburne and Stone, and I assist with making guaranteed and direct loans to our borrowers for real estate purchases, operating expenses,...

Pollinators and Agriculture

Many plants depend on pollinators for seed production When producers consider all the work required for operations to be successful in the agriculture industry, they...

Reducing Dependance on Chemical Fertilizers

Other methods and new management practices can help reduce your fertilizer bill Whether the motivation is for economical or environmental reasons, producers looking to reduce...

Impact of Herd Health on Carcass Quality

Healthy cattle have the opportunity to perform to their highest potential  No matter where a producer’s operation falls on the cattle production spectrum – from...

Recycling Old, Spoiled Hay

There are beneficial uses for older, leftover hay As sprigs of spring’s green grasses start to emerge from the soil, the bright, freshness from the...

What’s Your Type?

The impact of soil composition on crop productivity in the Ozarks The differences in soil types across the Ozarks are quite drastic. Stark variations can...

Using Poultry Waste as Fertilizer

Nutrient management planning is essential With the Ozarks currently ranked as the top region in the nation for poultry production, local farmers continue to meet...