• Mindy Ward

    The Farmer Gets A Christmas Bonus

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     by Mindy Ward
     on December 27, 2013

    As I sat Christmas Eve in an emergency veterinary hospital, I could not help but wonder how we, as farmers, get ourselves into these situations? It all started back in October when I wrote the blog Don't Worry, The Farmer Will Care For Your Abandoned Dog. Yes, there was a stray dog. This time a black lab broke our perimeter woven-wire fencing system. He interacted with our 7-year-old chocolate lab. Now, our farm family sits in an emergency veterinary hospital the day before Christmas. Our…

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    A Farmer Shall Lead Them

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     by Mindy Ward
     on December 20, 2013

    I first met Missouri’s new department of agriculture director, Richard Fordyce, back in 2008 on his farm outside of Bethany. That year the agriculture industry was at the height of the food versus fuel debate. He was one of hundreds of farmers across the state, straddling the economic fence. While his grain crops were experiencing a boom in price, his cattle operation was suffering due to high feed costs. At that time, he was also battling rising crop input costs. Standing in his fields…

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    You Might Be A Hay Waster If…

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     by Mindy Ward
     on December 13, 2013

    This past weekend I sat through yet another talk on hay waste. This is not my first time hearing about the profit-robbing problem for livestock producers in the Midwest. However, every time Justin Sexten, University of Missouri beef nutritionist, offers solutions to the problem, livestock producers are slow to put them into practice. And by producers, I mean myself. Sexten constantly informs livestock producers that how they feed hay in the winter months will determine how much money they will…

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    Ag Supports Mizzou Tigers All Season

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     by Mindy Ward
     on December 6, 2013

    I should be writing about the dramatic change in the weather from sunny and 75 degrees F last weekend to 7 degrees F wind chill and inches of snow today. However, I would rather write about the dramatic change in the football program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. It is a lot more exciting and positive subject. It was just one year ago that many of Missouri’s so-called “faithful” questioned the move by MU to the SEC. But just like our state’s famous weather, if…

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