• Mindy Ward

    FFA Honors The Fallen And Faithful

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     by Mindy Ward
     on April 26, 2013

    The youth in agriculture never cease to amaze and impress me. This year at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia, members were honored for their work on contest teams, leadership experiences and Supervised Agricultural Experience or SAE. However, this year I was more impressed with what they did beyond individual and school accomplishments. When Elsberry FFA members Jessie Knox and Bo Young took to the stage as part of the talent portion of the convention, I was ready for some…

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    Spring Brings Flooding

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     by Mindy Ward
     on April 19, 2013

    My first flood warning alert came over my cell phone this week. The Missouri River at Washington was expected to rise above flood stage to 23.1 feet by Sunday evening. Then there was the call from the mayor of the small town of Clarksville asking for volunteers to help sandbag to keep the Mississippi River from inundating their town. Wet weather inundated the Midwest this week. Heavy rains in the state added to the heavy snow and rains in the northern states causing our state's two…

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    Farmers Get Season Underway, But Rain Halts Progress

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     by Mindy Ward
     on April 16, 2013

    Drier conditions across the state allowed for farmers in my area to not only work up the ground, but also fill the seed boxes. I live roughly 5 miles from the Missouri River in the southwestern edge of Warren County. So, it took just a quick drive down the road before I was met with dust flying. Farmers in this area were in the fields by April 5. Most were completing some much needed spring tillage. Still, with the sandier soils closer to the river, I spotted a few pulling a…

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    Stock Trailer Missing

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     by Mindy Ward
     on April 5, 2013

    Last week, my family and I loaded up the 4-door sedan and headed south. It was a multi-purpose trip, a time to relax and take in a college visit. There was a lot of excitement for the 18-hour drive that was to lead us from the snowy hills of Missouri to the sandy beaches of Florida. Then there was also a hint of sadness. We barely pulled out of the farm driveway when my eldest daughter announced, "This is the first time in 12 years that we have been on vacation without the stock…

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