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It’s National Ag Day! Missouri style.

Time for farmers and ranchers to take a bow for producing food, clothing and fuel for the entire world.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

March 21, 2023

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Bruce Mershon dumping mineral into the cow feeder
DAILY CHORES: There is no task Bruce Mershon will not do on his Bucker, Mo., cattle farm. Here, he dumps mineral into the feeder as cows look on. Mershon is one reason Missouri ranks third in the nation for cow numbers. His dedication to providing beef to consumers is the reason we celebrate National Ag Day. Mindy Ward

Today, is National Ag Day! But we don’t need to look to those large agriculture production states such as California, or our neighbors in Iowa and Nebraska, to find a reason to celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture. No, all we need to do is look within our own state.

Missouri farmers and ranchers pulled in a whopping 12 appearances on the Top 10 lists for agriculture.

Here is the list:

I’m sorry, but you don’t get into those top spots without hard work, dedication and passion, so it is worth celebrating.

For those who don’t raise your own food, thank a Missouri farmer in person or on social media. They work hard to put food on your table, clothes on your back and fuel in your tanks — so you don’t have to.

And to my farmers and ranchers — while most of us were taught not to boast, this is a day to take pride in your role in our state and national food system. But if you feel the urge to brag, go right ahead. There will be no judgment here. It is time you step into the spotlight and receive the recognition you deserve.

While I don’t have a proper award, I hope this serves as a "thank you" to all Missouri farmers and ranchers for what you do not only on National Ag Day, but also every day to feed our nation.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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