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Scenes from Missouri River flooding at BoonvilleScenes from Missouri River flooding at Boonville

Photos show gut-wrenching views of the devastation as far as the eye can see.

Mindy Ward

June 10, 2019

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This year’s flood is taking its toll on farmers and ranchers in Missouri. Since March, more than 50 federal and nonfederal levees have either breached or overtopped, allowing the Missouri River to inundate farm fields and small towns across the state.

Click through the slideshow to get a look at Missouri River flooding at Boonville as of June 5. The spread of the water is into Howard County. Farm fields, roads and even some local businesses are underwater.

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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