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by Chris Replogle and creplogle@schurz.com | January 21, 2013
MARIONVILLE, Mo. -- The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of 27 head of cattle from a farm near Marionville. The cattle rancher reported the theft January 18.  The thieves stole two white steers and 25 black steers.  The sheriff's department is warning farmers to lookout for strange or unusual activity in the area.
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and KY3 Reporter | December 18, 2012
ROGERSVILLE, Mo.-- Even in a record drought year, farm equipment sales are actually up.  Although, the drought made it an especially challenging year for farmers,  places like S & H Farm Supply saw a good one. Presidet of S&H Farm Supply, Eric Schnelle says, "We had that dry spell from June to August and on, and what's nice is when we did get the weather after that, there was the need for a lot of hay to put up, and there were a lot of farmers that...
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | July 25, 2011
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A rash of hay bale fires are frustrating farmers who've spent many days and dollars to put up hay for their cattle.  The West Republic Fire Department fought the latest fire on Farm Road 174 just past Wade Chapel Church on Thursday Morning.  Alan Mooneyham was wakened around 4 a.m. after a passerby saw the bales on fire and called firefighters.  Mooneyham's loss is the latest of many.  "Yes, it happened right up the...
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by Paula Morehouse and Robin Yancey, KY3 News | June 7, 2012
OZARK -- It was anything but business as usual in front of the Christian County Health Department Thursday night.  Eric Vimont and his family were delivering their unpasteurized milk to customers. "I believe God gave the right to produce food as a farmer for my neighbors, if they want it," said Vimont.  Although he thinks it's his God-given right, it's against the county's ordinance. "If you're a Grade A raw milk retailer you can sell in Christian County--if you get a food permit.
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KY3 News | October 3, 2011
Farmers in the Show-Me-State are seeing an uptick in customers at farmers markets and more farmers are selling at the community events, as well. The Missouri Department of Agriculture says currently, there are 203 active farmers markets in the state, and that number has been growing by 10% each year. Farmers say the boom in markets is due to people being more health-conscious, while trying to pump their money back into local economies instead of going to supermarkets.
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by Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | February 1, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Some of the 100 or so local produce and meat vendors involved with the Greater Springfield Farmers Market said they were kicked out of the organization after declaring their intentions to sell their goods at a new marketplace proposed to be set up about two miles away from the Greater Springfield market. "That's where we get our customers. That's where we make the most of our sales," said Adam Millsap, a local producer, about the Greater Springfield Farmers Market.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | January 4, 2011
CASSVILLE, Mo. -- Farmers in the Ozarks are facing a growing problem: a disease that's keeping their cows from delivering calves.  It's a disease caused by a parasite that used to be only in western states. Trichomoniasis is now spreading throughout the Ozarks.  Infected bulls pass trich onto cows, and the disease causes those cows to lose their calves, resulting in lost profits. Carroll Craig, 70, has raised cattle all his life and never seen something quite like this.
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Edited News Release From The Missouri Department Of Agriculture | September 16, 2013
(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) - Missourians planning to purchase chemicals, such as herbicides and insecticides, should be aware of a new scam. The Department of Agriculture has received several reports from farmers, gardeners and homeowners across the state of an over-the-phone chemical sales scam.   This recent scam features a telephone solicitor offering what they claim to be a high-quality herbicide, comparable to name-brand products, below store prices. The Department suggests consumers ask any person selling agricultural chemicals for a copy of the product label.
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by Jay Scherder and jscherder@ky3.com | April 19, 2011
FAIR GROVE, Mo -- It's another sign that spring is here--farmer's markets across the state are opening up. They are selling fresh produce and products all coming from local producers. In Fair Grove it should be another exciting year. It won the 2010 Farmer's Market of the Year award--beating out markets all over Missouri for the top spot. There are more than 20 vendors this year. They are selling everything from tomatoes and radishes to starter plants to help you get your garden off the ground.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | January 21, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Finding fresh food in the winter just got a little bit easier. Saturday marks the beginning of the Winter Farmer's Market. The market will offer locally grown produce every other Saturday through March. The market opens Saturday morning at 8:30, in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.  That's near Battlefield and Glenstone.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | August 31, 2012
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -For months now, chit-chat between farmers at West Plains MFA has centered on the hard times.   “It has been a bad deal for us,” explained Dustin Wright, a farmer who is also a salesman at the MFA Agri-Services center. “We have been praying for rain all summer.”   On Friday, that rain began to fall from the heavens, providing a much needed moral-boost.   “Nearly half of the farmers we had six months ago don't have cattle…they have just thrown in the towel and sold their cattle,” Wright stated.
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Posted by Kristy Schiebel and kschiebel@schurz.com | August 31, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Farmers buying hay from southern states to help feed their livestock need to be on the lookout for an unwanted guest.  The University of Missouri extension says red imported fire ants are hitching a ride on hay.  Recently, hay imported from Florida to a farm in Ozark County was infested with the ants.  The farmer was stung several times.  Hay sold where red imported fire ant populations are present must be USDA-inspected and...
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August 28, 2012
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate. Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $2 million program a month ago in which the state would cover 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems. But demand far exceeded expectations, and the governor expanded the program. Nixon's office says 5,885 applications ultimately were approved for grants totaling about $29 million.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | August 28, 2012
EVERTON, Mo.-- The list is long and the workers few for people who need new wells drilled. Local drilling companies are slammed after a state government program to pay for 90-percent of the cost for farmers who qualified.  Some of those who qualified might still not get a well because of a September 23 deadline. "It's like you can drill 10 wells and you've gotten 20 behind," said Jerry Bader, owner of Southwest Missouri Well Drilling Company, LLC. His list of people who need a well is getting about as deep as this 465 foot well.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | August 21, 2012
WALNUT GROVE, Mo. -- State funds to drill deeper farm wells are drying up.  Now federal officials promise to send Missouri farmers some financial help.  Some say it's too little too late. David Tiller, a farmer near Walnut Grove, says he is one of the lucky ones.  He's approved for  some state money to help drill a new well, but he's been waiting for a month.  Until help arrives, he's been hauling water four times a day, seven days a week, traveling eight miles one way. His labor of love is turning into straight labor.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | August 21, 2012
LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. - Its feeding time on the Atkinson farm.  Instead of a bale of hay, or a bucket of grain, Danny carries a chainsaw as he trudges through his drought stricken pasture. Because of the lack of rain, drain and grass is harder to come by.  However, Danny Atkinson has come up with a way to keep his livestock fed. “We have resorted to cutting trees,” explained Atkinson. Since there's nothing green on the ground to eat, he's turning to the green growing on trees.
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by Linda Russell and KY3 Reporter | August 1, 2012
MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo.-- There's no doubt many people have joined farm families all over the Ozarks in praying in earnest for a major weather change.  In one community, they decided to stop at mid-week and implore Heaven to let it pour.  "I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him," read Preacher Justin DeVries at Mountain Grove's First Christian Church.  Those gathered in the church Wednesday afternoon wait for an answer to their prayers.  "Father,...
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by Linda Russell and KY3 Reporter | July 30, 2012
FAIR GROVE, Mo.-- An emergency program is trying to help Missouri farmers get access to water so they don't have to downsize their livestock herds.  Keeping cattle watered and fed is proving more challenging this year.  "This year, we've faced a lot of, well I'd just call them struggles, and it's been tough.  Normally, as recently as two years ago, we mowed hay all summer long," says Greene County farmer Lincoln Hough. Lincoln Hough is just one of the many Missouri farmers trying to make sure his cattle have the necessities, as his ponds are drying up.  "We called a backhoe, a friend of ours, and had him dig a line that's a few hundred yards long to start watering cattle off the well that should just be servicing the house, but now is having to relieve some of the pressure on that pond," says Hough.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | July 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order authorizing a program that will provide $2 million of unallocated State Soil and Water District Commission funds to make sure farmers have the water wells they need. The executive order comes as many farmers say they are having trouble finding water for their livestock. At the Francka dairy farm in Polk County, the crops have stopped growing, and the feeding bill is mounting higher every day. "This year, instead of making hay, putting up hay; we've been feeding hay, feeding a lot of hay right now, kinda like it was the middle of January," David Francka explained.
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by Paula Morehouse and Justin Haase, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | July 23, 2012
STONE COUNTY -- The drought's costly ripple effect is reverberating on farms across the state.  The price of feeding cattle has nearly doubled for Stone County farmer Danny Burton. He said range cubes have gone from about $10 to nearly $20 for a bag. Burton relies on the supplement, because hay prices have doubled and it's getting harder to find. "If you can even get it. You can't even buy it now around here. " The pastures where his livestock usually graze this time of year are nothing but parched fields.
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