MO farmer talks issues at State Fair

Vernon Hart is a northwest Missouri farmer who took part in Farm Family Day – He says weather is a huge issue for farmers, especially for his friends south of St. Joseph, dealing with floods. And, he says there are a number of other issues Missouri farmers are dealing with… the overreach of the EPA… Read more »

State Fair = Family Vacation

The Missouri State Fair in Sedalia is a great agriculture showcase – and for many – a tourist destination. On Ag Day at the fair this week, a Centralia farmer and his wife said they made it their family vacation by camping at the fairgrounds with their three young children. Brownfield caught up with farmer… Read more »

Showing a steer for the first time

A Benton County boy showed a hereford steer Monday at the Missouri State Fair, his first time showing livestock.  He had his older brother and uncle to help him along. Grant’s first showing of Big Red was in the Coliseum for the On-Foot Open Steer Carcass Show & Live Evaluation Contest. AUDIO: Bryan Bahrenburg (1:30 mp3)  

Savor the Flavor

The Indiana Farm Bureau played host to an event to highlight Indiana grown foods at the Indiana State Fair.  In its second year, the “Savor the Flavor: A VIP Taste from Indiana Farms” featured beef, pork, duck, lamb and fish and Indiana grown fruits and vegetables for a locally grown treat.  The event challenged teams… Read more »

Iowa farmer-legislator fights for agriculture

Betty De Boef, a farmer from What Cheer, Iowa, has represented District 76 in the Iowa legislature for 11 years.  In this Iowa State Fair interview, De Boef says her number one mission is “to keep Iowa friendly to agriculture.”  AUDIO: Betty De Boef (3:02 MP3)

Celebration of Agriculture awards

Demonstrating leadership to maximize the potential of Indiana agriculture.  That’s the criteria for the AgriVision award presented at the Celebration of Agriculture event earlier this week at the Indiana State Fair.  Lt. Governor Becky Skillman said Dr. Vic Lechtenberg of Purdue was a logical, natural choice because of his decades of work helping to make Indiana agriculture… Read more »

An exciting time for this Iowa FFA’er

This is an exciting time for Marshall Hay of Lynnville, Iowa.  Not only has Marshall has been very busy at the Iowa State Fair this week in his role as South Central State Vice President for the Iowa FFA Association, but his Ag Mechanics project at the fair received first place in the ag welding division and a… Read more »

Talking with Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture

At the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, we had the opportunity to visit with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.  We covered a wide range of topics, including the condition of the state’s corn crop, an apparent trend of more young people returning to their family farms, and President Obama’s recent comments about biofuels—urging less… Read more »

First Iowa Limousin Hall of Fame inductees

Exactly 40 years after its formation, the Iowa Limousin Association inducted its inaugural class into the Iowa Limousin Hall of Fame during the Iowa State Fair this week. Don and Dorothy Faidley of Colfax, Dr. Fred Wood, DVM, of Osceola, and Leland Dudley of Hampton (posthumously) were honored at a barbecue Sunday and at the… Read more »

MO State Fair Grand Champ steer winners

The 2011 Grand Champion Steer at the Missouri State Fair belongs to Bailey Dent of Rolla, a member of the 4-H Wranglers. Her steer weighed 1,325 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer honor goes to Evan Kempker of Jefferson City whose animal weighed 1,295 pounds. Evan is a member of the Eugene FFA Chapter. The… Read more »