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From the highway, Murphy Orchard combines a homey, inviting storefront with a long row of pristinely cultivated apple trees. But the drive-by experience fails to disclose the more than 100 carefully curated fruit varieties the orchard produces each year or the personalized approach the growe…

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Bryan Jones’ “The Farming Game” anecdotally paints sheep producers as people drawing sympathy from their neighbors while secretly raking in profits from some of the smelliest, stupidest critters around. And yet — Porter, Oklahoma, sheep producer Joe Hopping farms by its philosophies and keep…

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If Welch, Oklahoma, FFA member Maddi Gilman knows how to do one thing right, it’s showing livestock. The 18-year-old woman first started showing when she was 9 and now it’s become a beloved hobby she doesn’t want to leave behind.

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In a few short weeks, the Ozarks’ largest agricultural event will make its return to Springfield, Missouri. Make plans now to attend the 39th annual Ozark Fall Farmfest on Oct. 5, 6 and 7 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

Today, in response to worsening drought conditions throughout the state, Governor Parson announced the availability of water for family farms at 28 Department of Conservation areas and five Department of Natural Resources state parks. Governor Parson also announced the creation of a lottery …

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Farm Talk Newspaper Editor Samantha Athey sat down with Lance Markley, Four State Farm Show coordinator and Farm Talk Newspaper publisher, to discuss the decision to move the Four State Farm Show to May in 2019.

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New features — including golf cart rentals, drone demonstrations and added cooling areas — at this year’s Four State Farm Show were a hit with visitors.

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After 48 years, a member of the agricultural community in southeast Kansas has decided on his next chapter: Retirement. Phil O’Malley, owner of O’Malley Implement in Pittsburg, has sold his business to Heritage Tractor.

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Despite advances in technology, farmers today face challenges previous generations never anticipated — in addition to the age-old difficulties Mother Nature brings to the table.

Since the devastating 2012 drought, farmers spent the past five seasons rebuilding their herds and getting back to a sustainable level. Many have just started to feel like their feet are back under them. But with the dry months of summer now setting in, many Missouri cattle farmers are strug…

When swarms of hundreds of deer decimated a Louisiana farmer’s 406-acre corn crop, the resulting lawsuit against his landlord became a landmark case for farm lease law — and served up some hard-learned lessons on word choice and divine intervention.

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When the Laytons first started raising show pigs about nine years ago, they didn’t know exactly what to expect — and selling a Champion Yorkshire boar for $150,000 at the 2018 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, wasn’t even on their radar.

A large crowd turned out last Saturday for the last field day to be hosted at the Kansas State University Pecan Experiment Field near Chetopa by Bill Reid, who plans to retire next month.

In the eastern part of the state when it comes to trees or wooded areas on agricultural land, there are usually two types of people: those that fire up a chainsaw every opportunity they have and those who see all trees as potential wildlife, primarily deer, habitat. Neither side can quite un…

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These days it seems like our entire world revolves around electronic devices — smartphones, computers and tablets. From Facebook and Instagram to emails and text messages, we’re constantly checking and updating information.

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Have you noticed an influx in the number of solar panels around the Four States? From ground-mounted arrays to solar panels installed on the rooftops of homes, barns and businesses, it seems the Four State area is going green.

As expected, drought conditions continued to expand last week after rains two weeks ago resulted in a brief halt to worsening drought in Oklahoma. The latest Drought Monitor indicates that 34.8 percent of Oklahoma is in D3 (Extreme) and D4 (Exceptional) drought including 10.7 million acres o…

Women’s diverse roles in agriculture were reflected in the presentations during the 10th annual Women in Agriculture Conference at the Southeast Research and Extension Center in Parsons, Kansas. Topics ranged from state legislative updates, identifying and reporting meth labs, and lease laws…

The East Newton FFA hosted its annual judging contest on Friday, April 6 where nearly 800 students were registered to compete. The event was held at East Newton High School near Granby, Missouri. The contest is one of students’ last chances to hone their skills before heading to the Southwes…

Those who gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Oklahoma State University’s new state-of-the-art dairy barn — a highlight of animal science alumni weekend last week on the Stillwater campus — said the much-needed refresh will help the university keep pace with a rapidly changing industr…

As the gavel dropped, the fifth annual Calf Auction Fundraiser came to a close at Joplin Regional Stockyards on Wednesday, March 28. The grand total for the campaign topped $15,000 which included the sale of the heifer, donation bids made at the auction, pre-sale donations and sponsorships f…

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When Mark Morgan’s grandfather returned from World War II, he bought a fresh piece of ground near family land at the base of the Ozark National Forest, and settled in to producing one of the few crops the rocky soil could sustain — peaches. Today, Morgan represents the fifth generation of fa…

Due to the dynamic fire weather forecast for late this afternoon through Friday, citizens are requested to postpone all outdoor burning activities for the next few days. Fire weather conditions today are expected to be very high to extreme which will allow any wildfire that starts to be very…

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers approved legislation Monday aimed at attracting large chicken-processing plants to their state, six months after opposition in one Kansas City-area town stymied a $320 million project.

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For brothers Chris and Shan Wilson, horses have been a lifelong passion — one that has developed into a business and put them in the top tier of Arabian horse trainers.

The days are getting longer and temperatures are giving us all hope for spring. This is also the time of year that producers start asking about the outlook for wheat diseases in Kansas.

Recent rains eliminated or greatly reduced drought in the eastern half of Oklahoma but conditions in the western half of the state continue to worsen. Nine counties of northwestern Oklahoma and the panhandle have gone 155 days or more with less than 0.25 inches of rain. According to the Okla…

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