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In a recent article by the nationally syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker she says, “Biologically, life begins at conception. Full stop.” Now, “full stop” is an emphatic … more
I bet you’ve never considered this before — but if you think about it you would admit it — you read a newspaper as much for the advertising as you do the articles. Why? … more
At the start of his farm economic outlook for Missouri Ag Lenders Conference, Scott Brown said: Agriculture outlooks get harder when things are in flux. He cited volatility in many issues. You … more
For those of you who were unable to read my column last week, June 7 was Connie and I’s 33 wedding anniversary. As luck would have it, it fell on a Friday this year giving us a chance to take a … more
 Every weekend, I dredge my mind for ideas for this weekly column. It’s something I’ve done every week at this time for some 26 years that I’ve written a weekly column. At … more
In just two days — Friday, June 7 — Connie and I will celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary. We have enjoyed a wonderful life together with three beautiful children. I feel so blessed. … more
A couple of storms stir things up. In Columbia, we stayed on alert last Wednesday as media tracked a flurry of tornados. The storm sirens sounded just at bedtime. I turned on my portable radio to … more
Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County has been serving our community for the last 17 years with a goal of making sure no one goes without food in our community.   Over the years … more
Over Memorial Day weekend, many of us, my family included, enjoyed a good old fashioned American bar be que. In our case it was brats and hamburgers — something simple. Maybe you had a pork … more
Now I know what farmers complain about in spotty rains. Last week a spotty rain fell on my head. When I looked out to go to work, bright sunshine was everywhere. By the time I picked up my laptop … more
Did you make it to work on Monday? Apparently several million U.S. employees missed work on Monday for what I consider one of the most lame excuses ever concocted. According to cleverism.com … more
 As we get close to Memorial Day, we remember our loved ones who have passed away, often honoring them by placing flowers or decoration on their graves. The big cemeteries are manicured, … more
Missouri has lost one of the most successful and charismatic House speakers I’ve covered in nearly one half century. Kenneth Rothman, who died late April, served as speaker from 1977 to … more
The Affordable Care Act, having been savaged during the process of political approval, still leaves nearly 30 million Americans without health insurance coverage. As a consequence, we are the … more
For those over the age of 50, you can probably remember taking a typing class in high school. After the advent of the computer, students learn to type at a much earlier age.  Many of … more
Rain after rain stops crop planting. Not getting seed in the ground worries farmers and forecasters don’t offer reassurances. A drive from Columbia to Cape Girardeau and back gave a good … more
It was the fall of 2003 when Connie became the librarian at Owensville High School. Part of her duties as the librarian was teaching a class on videography. Because of that class, and other duties, … more
What we eat affects what farmers grow. Feedback to farms runs slow, but it alters farming. I’ve watched farming and consumers long enough to see changes. When I began reporting, pork … more
In January President Donald Trump welcomed the 2018 national college football champions, the Clemson Tigers, to the White House. Trump bragged that he served the team hamburgers “piled up a … more
Carryover stocks were mentioned by most of the speakers at the MU FAPRI farm outlook meeting last week at Bradford Farm. Agriculture has lots of meat in the freezer and crop farmers have lots of corn … more
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