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Severe winter weather continues to challenge beef herd owners, forecasters and young drivers. Quick changes in icy weather also stress school administrators deciding to cancel school. After a … more
Everyone remembers the first presidential election they voted in. I was 20 years-old and in college when I had the privilege to vote for the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. … more
Winter meetings are a major part of MU Extension educational events for farmers. This year, meetings collided with winter. For 10 years winters seemed to get warmer, I don’t recall many winter … more
It may come as a surprise to some of the younger readers of this column but in the last century, when I was attending college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, there was no such thing as … more
Dear Editor, I am writing to thank Owensville residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in … more
To the Editor: Last year, the Missouri legislature made great strides in the area of government labor reform. Many employees, including teachers, now have added power to decide whether a union … more
Farmers never get snow days. I stole that wisdom from a Tweet last week. That applies especially on cattle farms. Cows bred nine months ago are calving now, no matter the weather. Herdsman must … more
For the first time in my life I rooted for the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl, and I enjoyed it. The Super Bowl is the first pro football game I’ve watched this year. It’s … more
Organic chemistry is a tough course in college. The toughest. As a journalist, I couldn’t hack it. I’m a word guy, not a molecule counter. As an ag journalist I needed to know organic … more
Last week most of the national news centered around a group of teenagers from a Catholic High School in Covington, Texas, and a confrontation in Washington, D.C., while at the annual Pro-Life March. … more
Tradition provides building blocks, the foundation of our future. Tradition ties us to the past, slowing of forward progress. Ideas hit extremes as the MU animal science department struggles with … more
Who are the real climate deniers? That is my question for this week. Last week the big climate news was a report claiming that the oceans are warming 40 percent faster than predicted five years ago. … more
Weather ain’t normal no more. A double negative may be best in describing recent weather. Two negatives make a positive. Negatives often describe Missouri weather. A story from University … more
Many times the weather forecasters have predicted a snow Armageddon. Most of the time they are wrong. Not this time, giving Connie and I the perfect excuse to remain safely inside our humble abode … more
Get ready for a big word: Heterosis. I heard that word at meetings of cattle farmers this weekend. I haven’t heard that word used much in farm meetings for several years. It’s coming … more
To the Editor:   Many people have experienced the Rosebud Community Fireworks show. It is without a doubt one of the best fireworks shows and it draws thousands of people to our little … more
We are a nation of immigrants, but our laws, and our borders, must be respected. A government that cannot secure its own borders is a government that isn’t doing its job. Whether it’s … more
I was first introduced to the famous motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar during the summer of 1980, when I sold books door to door in West Virginia.  Zig — I’m sure … more
I heard a news report when I started my car. The tail end of a brief said that Sears would close over 200 more stores in 2019. My clue of a problem was a recent visit to Columbia Mall. Brown paper … more
An important word in any language is thanks. In Spanish it’s gracias. The French say merci or merci beaucoup for thank you very much. Italian is close to Spanish with grazie. Germans say danke … more
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