Missouri Farm Bureau recently celebrated Thank A Farmer Week. Many people across the state saluted farmers that week and joined Missouri Farm Bureau in collecting food for Ronald McDonald House Charities across the state. In light of Thank A Farmer Week, I just want to take a moment to thank all of the farmers who read our paper. Not only do you provide food, shelter and fuel to the world but without you Ozarks Farm & Neighbor wouldn’t exist. Farmers not only read our paper but purchase from our advertisers or even advertise with us themselves.
OFN strives to show our appreciation for farmers all year long. Our paper is dedicated to you. It is our pleasure to share the stories of Ozarks farmers and discuss topics that will assist farmers out in the field.  
I am grateful to have the opportunity to travel across the Ozarks meeting different farmers. I am humbled that they take time from their busy schedules to open up their farms and lives with our readers.
As spring approaches now is the time to start thinking about your summer and fall grazing systems, which is exactly what this issue is dedicated to. The Feed and Forage Issue features farmers with unique forage systems, along with advice on planting common forages, implementing a new grazing system and tips for improving your soils through the use of cover crops.
Don’t overlook the Spring Farm Finance Section in the middle of this issue. We’ve featured great advice from tax advisors, lenders and credit analysts on everything from preparing your taxes to asking the right questions when selecting a bank.
As I sit here and write this column snow is coming down so, it’s hard to believe that we are already featuring spring stories and thinking about summer grazing. Warm weather will be here before we know it. Stay warm and be careful out there.
Best wishes,


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