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Passion, Precision, Perfection

The Eagleburger family is upping their quality and genetics with careful breeding and selection BUFFALO, MO. - Some say the Eagleburger family is in the business of perfection. Broken E Farms has a passion for supreme genetics, and it shows in their herd. Jeff Eagleburger, owner of the 400-acre cattle farm in Buffalo, Mo., puts in long hours to ensure he’s producing...

Worth the Work

The incorporation of a laying operation has allowed Paul Schneider the opportunity to farm fulltime WALKER, MO. - A happy hum almost musical in quality greeted Paul Schneider, of Walker, Mo., as he showed one of his chicken barns containing about 5,000 Hyline Brown hens. The reddish brown and white feathered chickens lay a brown egg. Paul, his wife Krista, and...

In Her Genes

Kyla Moore says competitions and FFA made her an advocate for ag ANDERSON, MO. - To say Kyla Moore was born into agriculture would be an understatement. It was a part of her genetics long before she was a twinkle in her mother’s eye.  She really had no choice about the matter, as her grandpa, Larry Keaton, was a county extension agent...

One Small Farm, Multiple Operations

Jay and Dawn Remotti reclaimed 10 acres and turned it in to a diversified farm ROLLA, MO. - The old folks say you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear but they never met Jay and Dawn Remotti.  On a piece of Phelps County, Mo., property near Rolls that was once a well-tended garden belonging to a university...

Diversifying to Stay Profitable

The Thornburgs source farm-fresh products for their growing customer base JOPLIN, MO. - About eight years ago, Dan and Kelli Thornburg and their children moved from Indiana to Southwest Missouri to continue their work in youth ministry. After three years, they decided to push forward toward something different and started selling beef. Dan’s grandfather was a dairy farmer with three...

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Amber Hardison

• Hometown: Elkland, Mo. • Family: Husband, Jeffrey; daughters, Brynlee and Saydee; and sons, McKoy and Kolsyn In Town: For Amber Hardison, her work outside the farm is right inside her home. With a toddler and a newborn in tow, she’s a home educator for her two oldest children. Amber said the ability to homeschool on the farm is a true blessing because the children get to...

Ozark Berry Farm

• Owners: Alan and Lil Collins • Location: Leasburg, MO History: Ozark Berry Farm has been operating for more than 10 years as a u-pick/we-pick berry farm. Owners Alan and Lil Collins became interested in having a blueberry farm around 2008 when they first grew some bushes around a house they had.  “We decided to look around and started scoping out all the properties...

Rescuing History

The Plaza Theater and the Barco Drive-In continue to entertain  LAMAR, MO. - The Plaza Theater in Lamar, Mo., originally opened in 1934 with the movie Student Tour. The theater ran until Christmas 1985 when a fire broke out next door at the Mode O’Day clothing store, causing severe smoke damage to the theater. The theater was thoroughly cleaned and reopened, but...

Braden Shotzman

• Age: 16 • Parents: Kevin and Holly Shotzman • Hometown: Charleston, Ark. • FFA Chapter: County Line FFA • Advisor: Ron Koch What is your favorite aspect of agriculture? “I really life beef production because there are so many ways to produce better quality meat and more of it. We have to be able to feed the world which means quality and quantity.” Who is...

A ‘Fix-it Witch’

Clarence Woodward began working on “everything” at a young age  STILWELL, OKLA. - When Clarence Woodward of Stilwell, Okla., was in third grade, he moved from Red Star, Ark., to an old house on 80 acres outside of Stilwell, Okla., where his father purchased a farm. While his mother Gladys was from Kentucky, his dad Earl was pure “Arkie.” His...

Catlett Brother’s Feed

• Location: Boonville, Ark. • Owners: Bradley Catlett (left) and Herbert Catlett (right) History: The Catlett family has been involved in the livestock feed and supply business for decades.  Catlett Brother’s Feed Mill was started by Herbert Catlett and his brother J.D. Catlett about 40 years ago. Today, Herbert’s sons Bradley and Herbert own and operate the mill. “I’ve been here since the...

Calving in Clean Pastures

Why keeping it clean creates healthier calves and cows A tried-and-true strategy for giving newborn calves a good, healthy start in life, is creating a...

Cattle ID Methods

Freeze branding versus hot iron branding The proper identification of animals in a herd creates a variety of benefits for producers. One of the primary...

Improving Conception Rates

Steps to achieve optimal reproductive performance in a cow herd A heifer or cow’s overall reproductive success hinges on many factors that weave together to equip...

Cleanup Bulls

Selecting and managing cleanup bulls  The role of a cleanup bull can sometimes be under appreciated. But a cleanup bull is a part of a...

A ‘Ticky’ Situation

The Asian longhorned tick makes its way to the Ozarks A tiny pest, with origins in eastern Asia, has made its way into the Ozarks....

Improving the Health of Newborns

Tips to give calves a good start Fall calving season is right around the corner. As producers prepare for another round of calves to enter...