• Mindy Ward

    March Madness: FFA Contest Practices Underway

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 25, 2013

    The digital thermometer in my car calculated that the temperature outside was 26 degrees Fahrenheit. As I drove north on Highway 65 near Marshall, out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of Carhart jackets and wool caps hovering around a freshly dug soil pit. It was official; FFA contest practice season was well underway. Students from across the Show-Me state are gearing up for the state's biggest showdown in the FFA arena, the Missouri FFA Convention, April 18-19 in…

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    My Barn: A Life Or Death Experience

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 20, 2013

    During lambing season, I make my morning trek to the barn to see if we had any additions over the nighttime hours. I look forward to enjoying the sights and sounds of newborn baby lambs. Then there are those mornings when you crack open the barn door and realize--today will not be that day. After identifying a ewe having difficulty delivering, I find myself at the backend trying to assess the situation. First, there is the visible sign that there is no water bag, just remnants of the…

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    Celebrate Women In Ag

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 8, 2013

    They are the often unseen cogs in the wheels that make a farming operation turn smoothly throughout the day. Whether it is tending to newborn calves, running to town for parts or cooking the noon meal, women play such a vital role in agriculture. This year the Missouri State Fair and Monsanto are teaming up to honor those women who make a difference in Missouri agriculture. The Women in Agriculture contest was recently launched by the Missouri State Fair in an effort to acknowledge…

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    Fighting Snow, Restoring Power

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 1, 2013

    A blanket of snow began to form across our farm. The small light, picturesque flakes turned to large flakes mixed with pellets of ice. It quickly accumulated on the ground, trees and power lines. The livestock took shelter in the barn and the family retreated to the house. Then it happened. A flicker, then another, one more, and then the lights went off. Our electricity was out. I live in the southwest corner or our county. The closest town is 15 miles away. Living in a rural area…

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