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    The Face Of The FFA

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     by Mindy Ward
     on April 7, 2014

    I saw the image on Facebook and had to investigate. It was of a young man whose passion for farming and the FFA was emblazoned all over his face, literally. With that one image Cade Ruether became, in my mind, the “Face of the FFA.” The idea was the brainchild of Drew Tignor, 7th grade civics teacher and yearbook sponsor at Troy Middle School in eastern Missouri. Mr. Tignor explained that there is a theme to every yearbook, this year it was “Half.” “We only see…

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    March Madness, College And FFA

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 21, 2014

    It's that time of year--March Madness. So, what college are you rooting for? Better yet, what college is your child cheering for? Because after all, March Madness for parents with a senior in high school takes on a whole new meaning other than basketball. March is the time of year when students start narrowing their college choices. And my senior really needs to start pitting one college against another in an effort to decide which one will be named "The University." TORN…

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    I Blame The FFA For Changes In Rural Youth

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     by Mindy Ward
     on February 21, 2014

    Who hasn’t driven up the driveway at least one time to find livestock standing in their front yard? But multiple times in one week can only lend itself to the family tradition of playing the blame game. It all starts with the question, “Who left the gate open?” Typically, what follows is the inquiry into who was the last one in the barn, who didn’t secure the gate with the wire or why did you not even think to stand the gate up? Then there is the denial, denial, and…

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    10 Reasons A Famer Is An Ideal Valentine

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     by Mindy Ward
     on February 14, 2014

    Famers are great Valentines. However, it takes a special person to truly understand what makes a farmer, well, so lovable. If you are searching for your Valentine, look no further. Here is the list of why a farmer is an ideal Valentine. 1. Loves animals. What is more adorable than a man who loves animals? Well, one who loves animals enough to allow you to keep not just the dog or cat, but also a calf, lamb, goat, or pig in the house. A woman can bring home any stray and a farmer will let her…

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    From A Shepherd, 'Thanks Ralph Lauren'

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     by Mindy Ward
     on January 31, 2014

    Yes, I have Olympic fever. I am amazed to watch athletes push themselves to the limit, in the freezing cold. Living in current deep-freeze here in the Midwest, it is hard enough to go outside and do chores. Their dedication to training and determination to win is inspiring. However, this year I am equally impressed with how the agriculture industry is front and center during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Last week, I wrote about Missouri’s own speed skating sensation Emily Scott…

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    Baby Farm Animals Arrive In Spring. Not On This Farm.

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     by Mindy Ward
     on January 9, 2014

    While individuals snuggle by the fireplace with hot chocolate watching their favorite movie, I am spending the coldest days of this Missouri winter in the barn. You see, young spring lambs frolicking in the green pastures are only in children’s storybooks, at least in my neck of the woods. Around here, lambs are born during an all-white winter wonderland. This latest snow blast left my barn with snowdrifts, sub-zero temperatures and wind chills reaching 25 below zero. My 5-foot-1-inch…

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    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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    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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    Give Thanks, You Live In A Small Town

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     by Mindy Ward
     on November 15, 2013

    My 17-year-old daughter, Cassidy, called crying from the car. She had pumped her gas tank full, grabbed a soda and candy bar and went to pay the cashier. Her debit card was declined. But what transpired after displays the true heart of rural America. First, this was not our daughter’s fault. The blame lies squarely on her parents shoulders. We have one daughter in college, the other a senior in high school and both using the same bank account. And with more than one account, we did…

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    Don’t Worry, The Farmer Will Work 7 Days For Your Food

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     by Mindy Ward
     on November 1, 2013

    My husband saw it first. Then he beckoned to me. As I entered my daughter’s bedroom, he pulled open the window blinds. Since her room overlooks the back pasture, I knew the view was not going to be good. There, sprawled out on the ground, was a dead ewe. I was already dressed for Sunday morning church service. My husband and I were scheduled to watch over the children in the nursery. Unfortunately, my husband had to change his plans. He put on his coveralls, donned his muck boots and…

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