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•Tell us a little about your family: “There’s my wife, Gracie. It’s the second marriage for both of us and we’ve always wondered why we didn’t find each other sooner. We have four children between us and five grandchildren.”

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I'm a big fan of control. I like to know what's happening and when it's happening. I love having a plan and knowing I’m ready for whatever lies ahead. The very thought of the unknown makes me cringe, but it seems like that's God's favorite place for me these days, the valley of unknown.

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Nothing in being outdoors, be you a hunter, angler, boater, biker, hiker or other outdoor pursuit, is as important as your vision. With the high sun in August the need to wear sunglasses is greater than ever.

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Late summer and fall are the prime seasons for one of agriculture’s fastest-growing segments, agritourism. Rural Missouri is full of opportunities for agritourism, generally defined as an agriculturally-based operation bringing visitors to a farm or ranch. People from all walks of life can e…

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President Trump announced Thursday, Aug. 1, the United States would put a 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. This will come into effect Sunday, Sept. 1. This came as a shock since we have started talking to China about new trade deals in Shanghai last week.

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Just before daylight last Saturday, lightning lit up the sky and the wind started up and it looked as though a planned walleye trip would be off. However, when the anglers arrived at the Roark Bluff launching ramp they met Bob Butler, as he said, “Are you ready to go fishing?”

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•Tell us about your family. “There’s my wife, Rita. Together we have two children, Aaron and Ashley. They both live in Springfield.”

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This week at the Washington Leadership Conference I had the privilege of going with 13 other members of my chapter, one of my ag advisors, three other members from Missouri and 200 other FFA members from across the United States. Together we survived the metro, had a poverty dinner, seen cou…

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Last Sunday, I returned home from a three-day trip with our 17-year-old son to visit a college campus. Tom stayed home with our other two kids while I was away, and he said it was weird to be here without me. He’s usually the one leaving for business trips while I hold down the familial fort.

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Some people will do almost anything to avoid work, but few will go to the extremes taken by an unemployed 56-year-old Austrian, as reported by Reuters news agency.  

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Water is a finite resource, meaning it has limits or bounds. Now it doesn’t really seem like it this year, as we’ve had so much rain. However, water is not only a crucial resource for water parks, keeping us hydrated, indoor plumbing and keeping us cool during the picnic, it’s a crucial reso…

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Tomorrow I’m going to watch my 12-year-old daughter take the stage. She has spent three weeks of her summer break taking theater classes, and tomorrow I’ll see the second of two plays in which she’s acting.

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Another week of blistering, 90-plus heat and no rain to slake the thirst of our Ozarks’ parched earth — it’s miserable weather for most of us, but worse for the tiny but critical percentage who feed us.

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You deserve to be happy. Maybe you’ve heard this statement said or perhaps you’ve said it yourself. It’s one of those feel-good statements we all seem to enjoy when life isn’t going our way. It’s a saying that often determines our direction, but should it?

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Fishing for a lunker fish is exciting. A big fish, caught or lost, is the subject of many campfire conversations and a source for a common bond between anglers. It also supplies a lifetime memory as a special pride in fishing accomplishment no angler can resist.

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As I watch the many tractors, rakes and other machinery work their way across the fields creating hay bales to feed their cattle or horses, I remember the first time I was asked to rake while the husband came back behind me to roll the bales.

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This last week was filled with non-livestock projects, horses, coronation, livestock and most importantly, the day all of our hard work is shown, the SHOW. The Land-O-Lakes Youth Fair is one of my favorite county fairs to go to. This year I was able to exhibit four photos for my non-livestoc…

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Last night as I pulled back the covers to climb into bed, I realized what has happened. In a sense, Tom and I have traded places with our three kids.

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How are you doing? That's the question abruptly entering my mind while my gaze was fixed on the waves pounding on the shore in front of me. I love those times of stillness in my mind and heart but could definitely live without the thoughts barging in and challenging me. The ideas removing th…

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After the Fourth of July weekend, it's easy to see boating is fun, because around 80 million people can't be wrong.

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Now judging by the title, you probably don’t see how this pertains to agriculture at all. Rural hospitals provide necessary care to our families and neighbors, but why is it important to agriculturists? Rural hospitals help provide jobs for our small towns, allowing them to grow. This in tur…

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We’re back from a trip to New York and we have the blisters to prove it. During our last night there, I took off my tennis shoes after three days of walking more than eight miles per day and saw a toe blister so big I decided to name it. Fred, the blister on my fourth toe, is the only souven…

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Hunting has changed a lot over the years in Missouri, but one kind of hunting is as good as it was when I first started hunting. Back then, a wild turkey was something I saw drawings of with the pilgrims at Thanksgiving time and a deer kill after being hit by a vehicle was news in the local …