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Overcoming Injury

Oklahoma native Rodney Huffer says a 2010 accident serves as a reminder of dangers on the farm MARSHALL, OKLA. - Seventy-four old Rodney Huffer adjusted the brim of his hat as he drove down the road in his Ford F-350 flatbed, on a warm, windy afternoon. He was on his way to ensure the safety of a cow that was...

Doing What Works

Aaron and Teresa Johnson go from a dairy operation to feeder cattle PLEASANT HOPE, MO. – After decades in the dairy industry, Aaron and Teresa Johnson decided in 1993 that it was time to make a change, but they still wanted to remain in the cattle industry. Taking advantage of the facilities they had in place for the dairy cows,...

Feeding The Local Beef Economy

Crescent M Farms and the Hartley family added a feeding facility to finish their own cattle  FAIR GROVE, MO. - Mason Hartley and his family are in the business of beef at at Crescent M Farms. With their farm and feed lot in Fair Grove, Mo., Crescent M Farms has supplied approximately 250 beef to Missouri Prime Beef Packers in...

Full Circle at Wilmoth Ranch

The Wilmoth family not only raises cattle, but also offers their beef to customers at their businesses MOUNT VERNON, MO. - The picturesque Wilmoth Ranch is located where the Plains meet the Missouri Ozarks, in Mount Vernon, Mo. The WR was built by Greg and Brent Wilmoth, sons of Dwight and Helen Wilmoth and is managed by Jeremy McBride. The...

Providing Opportunity

Missouri Prime Beef Packers spearheads a Missouri-born, grown, finished and processed beef program PLEASANT HOPE, MO. - The Ozarks has a reputation for being cattle country. Thousands of acres of pastureland, an abundance of forages and a generally favorable climate make the area ideal for cattle. However, cattle born on operations in the Ozarks generally don’t stay in the Ozarks....

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Vincent Boggs

Hometown: Ozark, Mo. Family: Wife Kimberly, adult children Derek and Jessica, and four grandchildren In Town: Vincent Boggs spent 30 years as a project superintendent with Springfield Builders in Springfield, Mo. On March 1, however, he began a new career as the facilities director at Encounter Cove, formally Windermere Baptist Conference Center in Roach, Mo., was purchased by the Encounter Ministry in late 2021. Vincent and...

The Story of a Courthouse

The current structure on the Mount Vernon, Mo., square replaced two previous buildings MOUNT VERNON, MO. - The historic courthouse located on the Courthouse Square in Mount Vernon, Mo., was built in 1900. It is a rectangular, 2 1/2-story Romanesque Revival stile limestone building which measures 101-feet-by-81-feet and 2 inches. It features a central clock and bell tower upon which...

Dairy Lane Feeds

Location: Richland, Mo. Owners: W.T. and Tori Carnes, with son Adam Carnes History: The Carnes family started Dairy Lane Feeds after disbanding their dairy herd in 2015. “We were selling mineral and quit milking, but we had the commodity barn,” W.T. said. “We had people ask if we would mix them some feed, and it has gone from there. Now we are custom...

Kaden Roberts

Hometown: Lebanon, Mo. Parents: Andrew and Cathrin Letterman, and Tommy Roberts Siblings: Mackenzie Roberts and Lilly Letterman Involvement in agriculture? With FFA, Kaden has been involved in SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) summer projects. In the fall of 2021, he competed in a speaking contest, with his topic being about the shortage of bacon in California. On the family farm, he’s known as “the worker.” He...

Kendall Hays

Hometown: Winslow, Ark.  Family: Wife Janet; daughters Kendal Grace and Kaylea; and son Eber In Town: “I started to work for Ozarks Electric right after high school because I liked being outside and knew it would be a solid career with a great company. I have been there for 26 years and began by trimming trees in the right-of-way department. Now I am one...

The Stone Church on the Hill

Cayuga Splitlog Mission Church was constructed by the Seneca Tribe Chief Mathis Splitlog GROVE, OKLA. - Nestled near the Elk River and Grand Lake in Grove, Okla., amid acres of lush foliage, tourists to the area are often surprised to find a century-old stone church among the lake cabins and boats sitting on top of a hill. The gray limestone church’s...

Remodel or Raze?

Experts recommend producers evaluate several factors Whether a producer should renovate an existing structure or tear it down and build a new one, depends on...

Are You Ready for Joint Replacement?

Talking with an orthopedic surgeon will help patients decide when the time is right Farmers value independence. It’s one of the benefits of the job....

Tick-Borne Illnesses on the Rise

Tick bites can cause a life-threatening food allergy Imagine grilling steaks for dinner and suffering from hives by bedtime.  Ticks are already thick this year, and...

An Easy Trip to the Doctor

Producers can visit their health-care provider and never get off the tractor  Many of today’s farmers rely on technology. GPS applications are helping them get...

Beefing Up Rate of Gain

Increasing pounds on calves Improving the rate of gain in calves requires a balanced approach. Before taking any action, first look to determine if the...

Testing Proven Bulls

Strategies to ensure breeding soundness in older bulls Many producers managing cow/calf operations rely on herd sires to do their part to keep the operation...