Ozarks Roots-Blown Away to a New Breed

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Farmers know firsthand that sometimes life will hand you more than your fair share of lemons. 2006 and 2007 brought Don and Kathy Sissel’s thriving cattle farm a devastating tornado, draught, and the crippling Ozarks’ ice storm.  Farming hasn’t been easy for Don and Kathy, especially the last couple of years; nevertheless, they’ve done what good farmers do – adapted, persisted, and focused on the things that mattered most. 

Marketing the Whole Goat

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When Chuck and Lacey Donaldson moved from South Carolina to their farm in Laclede County, Mo., in December of 2000, it was “a life-change," said Lacey.  She said that she grew up as a city girl, but spent summers on her aunt’s farm near Poplar Bluff, Mo.  Chuck, a native of Wisconsin, spent several years on his grandparents’ farm when his mother contracted tuberculosis while he was a young boy.  Due to his experience with severe winter weather, Missouri was as far north as he cared to move.

Short but Sweet

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On 19 acres in Dallas County, 21-year-old Tara Carter trains miniature horses and ponies, and loves every minute.  Although living with her parents, Roy and Barbara, Tara is very independent.
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