Like all young farmers and ranchers in a challenging climate, Scott and Amy Welch were looking to expand their diversified cattle and farming operation — into a vertically integrated butcher shop and processor.
When Neodesha, Kansas, native Ashley Chandler crossed the stage at the 93rd Annual Kansas FFA Convention to accept her role as the 2021-2022 Kansas State FFA President, it was the culmination of several years of personal hard work and a lifetime family history.
I want to share with the local Kansas farming community a picture taken from this year wheat harvest that symbolizes the struggles and triumphs of farmers. This picture was the last load of a hard fought harvest to be in before the rains started to come the week of June 25th.
Picture Lucille Ball’s infamous chocolate assembly line debacle. Exchange the industrial scenery for a shady pecan grove, the bonbons for quarter-sized blueberries and the result is an accurate picture of most of Outback Farm’s youngest clients.
With over 60% of the 2021 Kansas corn crop already in the ground, farmers are beginning to see the results of a timely planting without flood-level rains soon after.
Four State Farm Show’s first year at the new Pittsburg State University venue, kicks off Friday, May 21 and continues May 22 and 23. Show hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The fifth annual Ozark Spring Roundup — a free agriculture, equine and urban trade show — is making its return to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri, on March 26, 27 and 28.
Frequently somewhat hyper, the buckskin mare Maggie’s tenseness was most apparent with blustery heavy downpour on the indoor arena.
The Livestock Indemnity Program provides assistance to livestock owners and contract growers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality as a direct result of an eligible loss condition. An eligible adverse weather event is one that is not expected to occur during the loss period that…
Four State Farm Show organizers are once again planning to hold the three-day event on the campus of Pittsburg State University in May after having had to cancel last year’s show due to the pandemic.
With over 20 years in the livestock industry and five years with High Plains Journal as a livestock marketing consultant, Jeff Nemecek brings a wealth of industry-specialized experience to the Farm Talk team.
Fresh insights and opportunities are on the horizon for Farm Talk in 2021 as newspaper industry expert Robin Phelan joins staff as advertising director. Phelan will oversee and advise Farm Talk’s advertising department.
Right to repair advocates exist in every industry from tech to tractors with one common goal — widespread consumer access to critical repair information and tools.
No year is “normal” in farming — and especially not 2020. Farmers in the Four States spent half of the year praying for the rain to stop and the other half praying for it to start up again.
Small town folks pursue projects with passion — not for the promise of fame and fortune — but mostly because tasks must get accomplished and they might as well be done right.
Coyotes are an elusive and challenging predator, especially for cattlemen. But beyond the sharp howls and missing calves, coyotes are cunning canines that make population control much more complex than point and shoot methods can mitigate.
In a few short weeks, the premier agricultural event in the Ozarks will return to Springfield, Missouri. The 41st annual Ozarks Fall Farmfest will be held Oct. 2, 3 and 4 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
Tylen and Ryley Layton are local kids turned cattle industry veterans on a new adventure with their purchase of South Coffeyville Stockyards.
QUAPAW, Okla. — After traveling more than a thousand miles in livestock trailers over 28 hours, a herd of 31 bison from Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona have a new home with the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma.
The Crowder Aggies are already off to a running start this school year with the seventh annual Roughrider Scholarship Rodeo. Proceeds from the professional rodeo are used to support the Crowder agriculture students in contests and other activities.
County fairs are the highlight of the year for many 4-H and FFA members and others in the community, and after nearly a year of preparations, the 108th annual Labette County Fair is almost here.
Utilizing an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality, dairy farmers facing financial challenges have held tight to their roots in labor and love. On Earl Dotson’s southwest Missouri dairy, family roots, community support and hard work have allowed the farm’s survival.
Few businesses have stood the test of time to last 100 years. Nixa Seed and Hardware, however, has exceeded the 100-year mark and is celebrating its 120th year in 2019.
For 18 years, Martin Manufacturing has been building truck beds and cattle equipment for farmers and ranchers. However, the company has expanded with Genesis Fire Equipment, a line-up of custom firefighting equipment built to provide quality products to fire departments at an affordable price.
As consumers grow increasingly interested in how their food is produced, many search for a connection to local farmers as they plan family gatherings during the holidays.
Increasing demand for agricultural mechanics and a shortage of skilled employees willing to live and work in rural areas continues to plague small-town equipment dealerships.
The 2017 Labette County Fair never really ended for fair board members and community supporters — who gave tirelessly of their time, money and talents to unveil a brighter future for local youth in 2018.
Two principles guided Nevada, Missouri, native Paxton Dahmer along his road through high school and the state FFA officer selection process: Get involved, and be yourself. In the coming year, Dahmer will be able to impart those guiding principles, along with the values of the National FFA Or…
Thirty high school sophomores were recently selected to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy. Students selected will spend the first week of June in the St. Louis region exploring various facets of agriculture.
In Mount Vernon, Missouri, Rockin’ D Leather brings to mind images of an Old West leather shop and saddlery, where Dean Woody makes custom boots as well as gun holsters, horse tack and other leather goods.
Spring is right around the corner. Wheat is starting to green-up rapidly. Lawns are looking greener but if a dear friend is correct, it is the weeds rather than the grass making it that way. There is a perception that we have had a cooler than average winter so I thought I would investigate.
In a generation where kids know more about software than hardware, agricultural science teachers have a critical role teaching students life skills, leadership and work ethic.
Growing up in Missouri, I’ve heard a lot of jokes about the temperamental weather in the state. One day is 70 degrees, the next is freezing and snowy.
In an era when large corporate firms dominate the seed business, Johnston Seed Company — the oldest and largest independently owned seed supplier in Oklahoma — takes pride in being family run, service oriented and community minded.
Crowder College is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Crowder College Roughrider Scholarship Rodeo, Roughrider Arena, Aug. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Roughrider Arena is located at 608 Field Ave., Neosho, MO 64850.
The opportunity to see agriculture on the nation’s western edge provided a fresh perspective on farming in southeast Kansas for Altamont farm owners Craig and Lori Carnahan.
A unique Made-in-Oklahoma yogurt is showing up in select stores, restaurants and coffee shops around the region and introducing locals to a rare taste of old-style European dairy craftsmanship.
Terry Sears typically drives hundreds of miles a day, working 10- to 12-hour days on the road, and he’s never worked a day in his life. The DM&D Milk Haulers owner and driver doesn’t consider driving around with the radio on and meeting with friends and neighbors as his job — it’s more l…
Tony Barros, founder of Amelia Natural French Style Yogurt, center, holds up a sample of the product. His business team includes, from left, son-in-law Daniel Forster; factory assistant Amanda Bowden; daughter Juliana Forster; General Manager Jenefier Wickham; daughter Mariana Breech and son…
After building their business selling naturally grown certified, animal welfare approved beef, pork and lamb to online consumers, corporate clients and the nation’s servicemen and women, fifth generation farmers Kevin and Cherie Schenker are re-focusing on their hometown.
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