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Hedging on Red

Broken S Land and Cattle is developing quality red SimAngus genetics  AURORA, MO. - Three cattlemen with different ideas and backgrounds have developed a partnership that continues to grow and diversify Broken S Land and Cattle.   Based in Aurora, Mo., Jody Sparks started the Broken S in 2012 as a backgrounding operation. In 2015, Jody rented land from Michael Singer,...

Faith, Family, Farm and Spots

Drew and Melissa Jett say their operation is about more than money ASH GROVE, MO. - Drew and Melissa Jett have been in the swine production business since 2007. Drew’s influence in the swine industry came from his grandfather, Conley Whitehead, and his uncle, Rick Whitehead, of Whitehead-Thomas Swine.  Drew began showing pigs in 1995. Drew’s grandfather gave him Godly advice...

Happy Pigs Equal Happy Pork

Educators return to Arkansas to begin a small, productive farm BIGELOW, ARK. - “It tastes like sunshine.” That was the only way Holly Payne could describe what bacon tastes like. But not just any store-bought packaged product. Holly was referring to the unique flavor that she and her husband, Aaron Baldwin produce on Porch Swing Farms near Bigelow, Ark. “There’s a richness...

Sunny Side Up

Couple takes their experience back to the farm ELKINS, ARK. - Hospitality and food preparation has been a part of Brian Foster’s life for as long as he can remember. Both he and his fiancee, Becca Davis, spent many years in the restaurant and bar industry.  Now, the couple, who are partners in owning Sunny Acres Farms outside Elkins, Ark., hope...

Modern and Traditional Ranching

Clear Spring Ranch focuses on soil health and sustainability MOUNTAIN GROVE, MO. - Just a few miles outside of Mountain Grove, Mo., is a beautiful piece of the Ozarks named Clear Spring Ranch.  Owners Bob and Ann Demerath came to set roots in Missouri in 2014 after spending a great deal of their lives in Nebraska. While in Nebraska, Bob and...

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Riley Martin

Hometown: Galena, Mo. Age: 17 Parents: Riley and Laurie Martin Sibling: Cole Martin FFA Chapter: Galena FFA Chapter Advisor: Anna Barnett What is your involvement in agriculture?  “I am a fourth-generation farmer on my family’s small operation. We run 50 head of beef cattle. My role on the farm includes feeding, vaccinations, tagging and taking them to market when needed. I also own a horse and...

Kristen Obley

Hometown: Urbana, Mo. Family: Husband Zach; children, Harper and Evey; parents, Robert and Regina Blair; and mother-in-law Gayla Obley In Town: Kristen Obley has been a nurse for nine years, working at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Mo., for eight years. “I recently took the utilization review manager position, so I deal with insurance most of the day now, but I’m still a nurse and do...

Keeping the Arts Alive in Ava, Mo., Since 1978

Venue provides local artists with resources and a place to showcase their creations AVA, MO. - The Ava Art Guild in Ava, Mo., has been a staple for artists both  young and old since the late 1970s.  According to guild President Caryl Posada-Stillings, the original mission of the guild, at its inception in 1978, was to foster an appreciation of the...

Cooper’s Southwest City Auction Services, LLC

Location: Southwest City, Mo.  Owners: Dallas Cooper; his wife Misty; their three sons; Denton (Sarah), Austin (Kalli) and Sterling History: The Cooper family purchased the former Southwest City Sale Barn in October 2023 and held their first sale in the facility, which had been sitting vacant for about six or seven years, the week before Christmas 2023.  “We run a small farm operation,” Dallas...

Hannah Walker

Hometown: Henderson, Ark. Family: Husband Cody; daughter Claire; and son Charlie In Town: “In August of 2022, I gained the opportunity to start new employment with the Mountain Home Public  Schools Special Education Department as their financial secretary. My job consists of budgeting local, state, and federal funding; staff attendance; payroll, all department ordering; and Medicaid billing, just to name a few.” In the...

A Long-Standing History

Former hotel houses a museum filled with local artifacts POTEAU, OKLA. - If hotels had been given rankings in 1922, Hotel Lowrey in Poteau, Okla., would undoubtedly have been a 5-star establishment with its air-cooled rooms and private baths.  Wiley W. Lowery built the three-story structure on what is described as “prime real estate property” between the KSC and Frisco rail...

Staying Safe

Health and safety experts offer strategies for reducing farm-related injuries Working in agriculture can be a risky business. The daily interaction with animals, equipment operation...

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...

Spring Checklist

Management practices to implement this season to get a healthy calf crop next spring The actions producers take now can create an environment designed to...

Grass Tetany

Causes, prevention and treatment of the disease seen primarily in spring Spring brings a host of wonderful things for farmers; green grass, warmer weather and...

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...