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Missouri Ruralist: 12 favorite stories of 2023

From new cropping ideas to young farmer features, Missouri Ruralist brought you the latest in ag news.

Mindy Ward

December 28, 2023

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What a year! 2023 brought with it a drought and a few crop diseases to Missouri farms and ranches. Despite a few struggles, farmers found a way to overcome them. Here’s a look back at the favorite stories from the year – along with a few inspirational ones to get you in the right mindset for 2024.

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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