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Critics say Missouri bill would protect big ag and hurt small farmers

I recently penned an article regarding a Missouri House bill that would amend the state constitution (if voters pass it) to prevent any regulation of agricultural technology or modern farming methods – aka genetically modified seeds (GMOs) and concentrated animal … Continue reading

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Growing fodder for the homestead

Feed cost is the biggest ongoing expense for a farmer. So any time he/she can reduce feed costs, even by a little, he/she will do so, if he/she is smart. I’ve been researching ways to cut our feed costs, and … Continue reading

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Monsanto Update

My favorite seed provider – Baker Creek Seed Company – provided the following article on its website. It details a pre-emptive lawsuit against Monsanto regarding some of the issues I mentioned in my previous post. It is to the advantage … Continue reading

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Kaiser Ozark the Mouser

I’m so proud of my pup. He’s really the best pup. Oh, I know he has some excitability issues; we’re working on that. And he does occasionally pull clothes off the line; we’re working on that. And every once in … Continue reading

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The Road to Raw Milk, or, Gertie’s Gettin’ Knocked Up

There are two ways to get a cow pregnant. 1) Identify when the cow is in “standing heat” — when she’ll stand and let a bull breed her — and then put her in a chute, and pay a professional … Continue reading

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Ruminating: bovine pregnancy, goat hernias, and fall gardens

Fall’s cool whispers are winding their way through the Ozark hills. They remind us that summer is not forever and redemption is like rain. The Midwest Dust Bowl of 2012 is beginning to subside, and the newly moistened soil beckons … Continue reading

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Taters and Colors

TATERS?! WHAT’S TATERS, PRECIOUS? That’s a quote from Golum, in Lord of the Rings. The answer to his question might be, “The thing we now have a lot of!” Yesterday, we were given a gift that only a few happy … Continue reading

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Produce

Riesenstraube, anyone?

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Baby Chicks!

New life has emerged on the farm! Yesterday, our hens’ hard work (and surely sore bottoms) finally paid off, and we are happy to report that the chicks are hatching! If I remember correctly, we placed at least six eggs … Continue reading

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My Raw Milk Article

I recently wrote an opinion/news article about the injustice that occurred this spring in Missouri, concerning a dairy farm that was wrongfully indicated in an e.coli investigation. Check it out! http://lakeexpo.com/news/top_stories/article_16a2eae6-dcc4-11e1-823e-001a4bcf887a.html

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