A Little Texas in the Ozarks

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Along a stretch of Ozarks highway, just west of Lebanon, Mo., a small herd of beautiful Texas Longhorn cattle graze in a summer-green field filled with wild flowers, tempting any amateur photographer to stop and capture a scene that speaks of the Texas prairie 100 years ago.

It’s Not Junk

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"It’s all born of laziness,” said Larry Marah in reference to his farm equipment inventions. “I got old and tired of doing everything by hand. Maybe if I was easier to get along with, I wouldn’t have to build so many one-man machines,” he chuckled.

Diversifying an Operation

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A self-proclaimed Wisconsin “Cheesehead” has found a new home away-from-home in the Missouri Ozarks, complete with rolling hills and plenty of room for cattle to graze, as well as a new agritourism venture.

Making a Connection

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AgButler launches mobile app to connect farmers/ranchers with skilled laborers Developing an app and embracing “gig economy” wasn’t something Kevin Johansen thought about in college.  “I...

They Know Genetics

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Howard Phillips has always been involved in agriculture. He began as an AI technician in Kansas in 1959. In 1967 he became the District Manager of American Breeder Service in Missouri. In 1975 he became a distributor for Select Sires in Missouri. Howard retired in 2000, but still does AI for individuals and for breeding programs.

Recruiting the Right Breed

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Mark Gronniger grew up in Dallas County but went into farming with a plan, as he put it, while he was still serving with the Marines. Kim, originally a city girl from Iowa, stated she met her husband while living on an Iowa farm, when he was working as a Marine recruiter there. “He recruited me, too,” she laughed. Afterwards, Mark and Kim came home to Dallas County where they raised four children on their 420 acres, outside Long Lane, Mo. Today, all but one has left home. Mark and Kim are raising 110 momma cows, calves and Red Angus bulls.

Producing Bulls for All Cattlemen

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Lucas Cattle Company cattle manager Jeff Reed said there are both purebred and commercial cattle operations with the Lucas name in Hickory County, Mo.


Perseverance and Determination

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11-year-old John ‘L.J.” Isbell enjoys life on the farm and showing livestock FALCON, MO. - Eleven-year-old John Isbell is one of many young people in the...

Family Ties

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Generations of the Wrinkle family has raised cattle in Laclede County, Mo.  LEBANON, MO. - Aaron Wrinkle and his family, including the generation before and...

The Colored Side

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With names like Southern Comfort and Bourbon on the Rocks, a new client of Stacy and Jerimiah Gan knows from the beginning that Blackberry Ridge Boers is a unique Boer goat undertaking that includes a good bit of fun as well as being a serious family-run livestock operation.

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