• Mindy Ward

    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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  • Mindy Ward

    Right To Farm

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     by Mindy Ward
     on May 31, 2013

    With the ceremonial toss of the papers in the Missouri House of Representative Chambers, the 97th General Assembly session ended. As an intern for the Missouri House Information office during my college years, I witnessed first-hand the roar of the legislators as the final gavel struck. Then simultaneously there was the throwing of papers filled with hand-written notes and proposed bills From my balcony viewpoint, it was interesting to see their faces. Some were pleased, some angst…

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