• Mindy Ward

    Climate Change Weight Loss

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     by Mindy Ward
     on June 25, 2013

    Today, I am eager to try the new climate change weight loss program that is so widely successful in bison. Apparently, as the temperature rises, bison lose weight. In this sweltering Missouri heat, I should be good for losing a few pounds—I think. Researchers at Kansas State University examined how climate change during the next 50 years will affect grazing animals such as bison and cattle. Joseph Craine, K-State research assistant professor led the study which included 22 bison…

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  • Mindy Ward

    Hitting The Road

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     by Mindy Ward
     on June 17, 2013

    As my family drives down Interstate 70 heading west toward Sedalia, my mind races. Did I remember to pack the blower, clippers, spray adhesive, wool cards, sheep coats, buckets, feeders, health papers, and registration papers? And that is just for the sheep bedded down in the stock trailer. The show season is in full swing. Whether your child shows cattle, swine or sheep, as a livestock show mom (or dad) this is the time of year you long for. The countless hours you spent in the barn…

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    Just Keep Swimming

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     by Mindy Ward
     on June 11, 2013

    As I leaned down to take a photo of a soybean plant submerged in water, all I could think of was the animated Disney movie Finding Nemo. Then I began to sing the angelfish Dora's famous line---"just keep swimming, just keep swimming." While soybeans are resilient, the reality is that there are feet upon feet of water burying some of these plants and the likelihood of recovery is getting slimmer with each passing rain shower. And the corn, well, there will be…

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