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Winter meetings, a staple of Extension teaching, don’t get easier. Meetings are informative, invigorating and for farmers, profitable. But winter makes them difficult. Nasty weather … more
It’s easy to be pessimistic about life. Pessimism is safe and easy. And it’s all around us. It’s a well know fact that negative news gets attention — and sells more than just … more
To the Editor: Regarding your editorial on Jan. 1, 2020 and the editorial by Ralph Voss on the same page, I would like to see other points of view other than full out support of Donald Trump and … more
Cattle and grass make big advantages for Missouri. We’re near the top in cow numbers. Probably tops on cows per-acre basis. We’ll never top No. 1 Texas. Missouri’s green hills were … more
It has been 15 days since my family gathered at our home after Christmas eve Mass and commemorated the birth of Christ with good food and the opening of presents. Our house will soon be back to … more
President Donald J. Trump was impeached last Dec. 18 by the U.S. House of Representatives. The next morning – Thursday morning – many daily newspapers around the country ran a story … more
The word for the day is “manure.” Look it up in your dictionary and you may be as surprised as I was to learn the meaning. I thought I knew. I’ve used it in ag journalism forever. I … more
The impeachment of President Donald Trump in December was inevitable. It was preordained, written in the stars and proclaimed by Democrats before any investigation or any evidence was presented. In … more
Farmers don’t get snow days when they can’t go to work. Dairy cows need milking at least twice a day. Beef cows need fed when pastures are covered in snow. But even farmers with … more
Tradition. Tradition. Tradition. America is full of them. Traditions give order to the world around us, especially now at Christmas time. Without traditions our lives would be…chaotic, and as … more
No dancing in the aisles at the sale barn Saturday at Palmyra. But, there was jubilation after 229 heifers averaged $2,017. Top price hit $3,000. This hit well above prior sales this fall. These … more
Francis B. Church, editor of the New York Sun in 1897, printed his re-ply to a little girl’s question, “Is there a Santa Claus?” And “Yes, Vir-gin-ia, there is a Santa … more
Dear Editor, After reading Charlotte Schnieders rebuttal to my recent letter to the editor, I feel I have a right to rebut. Talk about picking and choosing whatever meets your love of Trump. I … more
To the Editor: The writer asked what is Socialism? The easy answer: every policy the Democrats have proposed to win the 2020 elections. Let’s review: Democrats have stated they want to … more
Dear Belle, Last week I attended the special meeting of the Belle Board of Alderman to discuss whether or not they will contract with the Maries County Sheriff to start providing police coverage … more
In the last two weeks we went through several “named days” including Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and one I’ve never heard of, … more
In the last two weeks we went through several “named days” including Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and one I’ve never heard of, … more
Being in the beef business is not a get-rich-quick career. Building a quality cow herd takes time; requiring breeding cows, waiting nine months for a calf and then the calf is raised to be sold. All … more
On Oct. 13, 2015 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said in an interview on CNN that “We should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden.” I agree with Sanders, we need to be … more
As I type my weekly column I hear clicking sounds from the laptop keyboard, I’d never heard before. In the second day of wearing hearing aids, the sounds may drive me crazy. I hear the … more
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