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Missouri Mile: You just never know what will show up on the farm while you’re away.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

August 4, 2023

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Elsie Cope has a sense of humor. She must. The 94-year-old has allowed a large bull to stare through her kitchen window for more than 20 years.

Placed there by her son, Harry Cope, the Montgomery County matriarch of the family farm can still laugh about the night she pulled into the drive and couldn’t believe her eyes. Click on the above video to hear the entire story.

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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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