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.


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…

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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.

Though dry cows on a dairy may seem less important than those putting milk in the tank, dry cow management is an essential portion of a successful dairy.

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.

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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.

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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…

With a lifetime of agricultural experience, Shae Toburen comes to Farm Talk Newspaper as the newest member of the advertising sales staff.


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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It’s all about the kids for Mike and Mariesa Clonts, the owners of Diamond C in Granby, Missouri. The couple raises show cattle, pigs, lambs and rabbits with the intent of helping youth find success in the show ring.


For the Wildcat Extension District 4-H livestock judging team, a supreme reliance on one another and focus on a common goal has brought invaluable experiences and everlasting camaraderie.


If the 1869 homesteading Fultons could peek in on their farm today, they would see an entirely different operation than they imagined. Instead of cattle wading into the quiet creek to drink, children splash through it to the fields, gathering their arms full of corn as souvenirs. Instead of …

Rural residents in southwest Missouri need to be alert as law enforcement agencies have released information on livestock and equipment thefts taking place around the area.

It has been a dry fall and winter for a large portion of eastern Oklahoma this year. Forages such as fescue and ryegrass have not fared well, and the coming spring may end up being one of those where we are forced to feed large quantities of hay and supplement into April. If you do have a de…

Craig and Lori Carnahan, Labette County, were honored as Kansas Farm Bureau’s Farm Family of the Year for Farm Bureau’s third geographic district. The Carnahans received the award during Kansas Farm Bureau’s 98th Annual Meeting in Manhattan, Dec. 5.


Like most government service organizations, the Farm Service Agency is continually trying to achieve human interaction and efficiency using a blend of new and old school approaches. For U.S. Department of Agriculture FSA Administrator Val Dolcini, the perfect blend came in speaking face-to-f…

While this is not breaking news, water is incredibly important to not only agriculture, but society in general. In fact, water was identified as one of the five Grand Challenges that K-State Research and Extension programming will emphasize. Whereas our western Kansas brethren focus mainly o…

Southwest Missouri 4-H members Lora Wright, Ellie Wantland and Grant Groves finished first, second and third, respectively in the senior division of the Missouri State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held Aug. 20 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.


A rainbow of produce cascades through the Webb City Farmers Market as a parade of consumers sniffs, squeezes and scrutinizes its way from one end of the long, open-sided pavilion to the other.

According to the latest K-State Farm management records, it costs at least $700 or more to maintain a cow per year. I am sure everyone still reading is thinking well I spend way less than that on my cows! Did you consider costs of equipment, depreciation and repairs, unpaid operator labor, i…

If the soybeans mature as fast as the first half of the year flew by, we will be harvesting beans in no time. With spotty rainfall events, there are some producers feeling optimistic about this year’s crop and others left feeling disappointed and frustrated. Nonetheless, whether a good crop …

While the old saying may have many different versions, the one I have heard most often is “You’re two weeks from a drought and two hours from a flood.” Due to shallow soils, the water-holding capacity is very low in southeast Kansas. Even with recent rains, corn in our area has experienced v…


A rancher’s care for the land lies at the corner of gratitude and good sense —and that’s where you’ll find the Elk County Livestock Conservation Tour.


Nestled between green pastures in Barry County, Missouri, is a bright red building Edgewood Creamery calls home. In the surrounding paddocks, dairy cattle graze, chew their cud, and make the milk used in the creamery’s products.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri turkey farm where bird flu was found remains quarantined after 39,000 of its birds were destroyed as a precaution, agricultural officials said Wednesday, May 4.

A long road ahead is probably the best way to describe the aftermath of the Anderson Creek wildfire in south-central Kansas, particularly for cattle producers who have relied heavily on grazing as the main source of herd nutrition. Not only are many pastures burned in Comanche and Barber cou…

Four alleged arsonists have been arrested in connection with a fire set on the Hughes Ranch in Osage County, Oklahoma. The area of the ranch when this happened is where over 1,000 wild horses, part of the wild horse rescue program, are pastured.

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