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The Ripple Effect

A headline in a regional newspaper last week declared “Drought is proving costly for crops.” It’s true. Most of western and south-central Kansas has been declared by the National Weather Service under some level of drought. The lack of rain has … Continue reading

The building of a Disaster

This Memorial Day weekend I traveled to Casper, Wyoming to see my brother and his family. It was a long 7 hour drive, but I was entertained following the scenic North Platte River. In recent Nebraska news, the North Platte … Continue reading

A snowball bloom

For a couple weeks every spring, I am a flower farmer.  No, I’m not selling cut iris’ or potted geraniums.  My fruit farm becomes a fragrant explosion of cherry, apple, and plum blossoms.  Mother nature has awoken my trees to … Continue reading

Are You Food Insecure?

Did you know roughly 343,000 Missourians are experiencing hunger?  Did you know when it comes to hunger, rural regions have the highest concentrations of high need counties in Missouri?  I didn’t either until this week. This morning I traveled …

Tractor Grease

Farm boys and hicks ”smell like tractor grease.”  “Country music is all my momma, my truck, and my tractor…” Not too long ago I headed back to work after having our daughter.  I teach Biology at our local high school … Continue reading

St. Louis Comes to the Farm

Yesterday our family hosted seven remarkable guests from St. Louis, Missouri on our hog farm. It was an amazing opportunity for my family and for our guests and we all had a great time. We are very proud of the … Continue reading →

How High’s the Water Momma?

For the past few weeks we have seen some unbelievable and frightening weather across much of the South. From huge, devastating tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to torrential rain in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi and now river flooding … Continue reading

How High’s the Water Momma?

For the past few weeks we have seen some unbelievable and frightening weather across much of the South. From huge, devastating tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to torrential rain in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi and now…

When a Tree Falls – MythBusters Style

  Public relations is always an interesting job and when the phone rings, there are times you have no idea who’s going to be on the other end of the line.  That was certainly the case back in September of last year when Eric Haven, associate producer of the MythBusters television show called.  Eric had heard…

Does Your School Have an Ag Class?

Our daughter, Rachelle, was so excited for this quarter of school to begin. She had waited all year for 4th quarter, not because it meant school was almost over, it was because she got to take Ag class with Mr. … Continue reading