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When I was in college, I had a professor who often began class with a ritual. He’d shuffle to the front of the room and reach inside his tweed sportscoat to retrieve a folded strip of newspaper. Then he’d carefully unfold it, adjust his glasses and start reading in his signature monotone del…

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Earlier in the year I applied for Missouri Agribusiness Academy, or MAbA for short. I filled out the application over a series of days until it was deemed ready to go by my FFA advisor. After my application being judged against all of my fellow FFA members, 4-H members and fellow rural Misso…

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Oh, how they run... and we don’t

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Disastrous flooding. Lower commodity prices. Limited access to global markets. America’s farmers and ranchers have faced difficult times the last few years and they are in need of a dose of good news within immediate reach.

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Tonight, after a birthday dinner ending with a hot fudge sundae topped with a candle, I sat on the sofa next to Jack, our middle child who just turned 15. He wanted to watch a movie we’d recorded on cable.

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SB391 hurts Cedar County, opens CAFOs to unspoiled Missouri farm country

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Toss and turn, toss and turn. I lay wide awake, my mind spinning in circles, battling and wrestling with my thoughts, the situation surrounding me and the Lord. Maybe you’ve been there before, up all night wrestling through your struggles; whether physical, emotional or spiritual. Some night…

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Missouri is a fishing state. Nearly a fourth of the population, encompassing all ages, fishes. They spend millions of dollars on tackle and bait and several billion dollars on services and goods each year. It's a good thing for the state's economy as well as the need for recreation.

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When milk cans waited by the road

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June 16, 1996 was Father’s Day. Michael Jordan’s father, James Jordan, was shot and killed three years prior on July 23, 1993 at a rest stop in North Carolina. That 1996 Father’s Day, MJ helped his team, the Chicago Bulls, clinch another NBA title.

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In December 2003, Japan banned U.S. beef and beef products after the confirmed detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. Two years later in 2005, Japan gave back partial access for U.S. beef muscle and offal, the entrails and internal organs of an animal used for food, from catt…

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Today was my scheduled day to read picture books to our daughter’s first grade class, a fact I remembered minus one important detail, the time of the reading. After working in my home office for a few hours this morning, I checked to see what time I was supposed to be at the school, fairly c…

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As an enlisted man in the U.S. Air Force many years ago, I became accustomed to rendering a hand salute any time our country’s flag was raised, lowered or passed by, as well as when the national anthem was played.

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Squirrel, bass seasons open Saturday; camping a no-go

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Anaplasmosis, also known as yellow bag or yellow fever, is an infectious blood disease in cattle. It’s a vector borne disease and is caused by rickettsia parasites such as ticks, fleas, lice and mites; but mainly ticks. The parasites affect the red blood cells causing anemia. This disease oc…

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The Missouri Legislature has taken another step toward making broadband internet accessible to all Missourians. In early May, the legislature finalized the annual state budget, which included a $5 million appropriation for the newly-created Rural Broadband Development Fund. Gov. Parson suppo…

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Florida is not one of my favorite destinations. It’s hot and humid, with too many fun choices I cannot enjoy while working and the sales force is always on vacation either at Disney World or Epcot center.

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A wonderful thing happened Sunday afternoon. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I carried my laptop to the sofa with every intention of working and trying to get a jump on the week’s long to-do list.

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Glyphosate is the most commonly used herbicide in the United States — especially in agriculture, but it also is used in residential areas, aquatic areas, forests, roads, ornamental gardens as well as turf. Glyphosate is sprayed on leaves of plants to kill them, mainly broadleaf and grass typ…

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A lively child skips to and fro.

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This week in Youth Ministry, we put together a message called Secret Church. We blacked out our sanctuary and had nothing more than candlelight with a couple Edison lights going and began to teach the teens about the marvelous freedoms we often take for granted. Such as our freedom to worshi…