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  • Missouri Rancher Cooks Up Support For Joplin

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    Hickory Specialty Meats in Cape Girardeau was our son's first business which he lost in a devastating fire this year. Insurance didn't cover his loss to rebuild his smoke house so Jack has been helping our family business while he regroups. When Jack heard of the Joplin devastation, he wanted to
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  • John Stossel’s Take is Just Wrong

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    John Stossel aired a program last week on Fox Business that amazed me.  The aim as he admitted on the show was to offer the idea that natural, organic, chemical laden and grassfed food is not any better or even worse than industrial factory produced foods.  He further indicated that he is in
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  • A New Generation of Grass Farmers

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    Since the time our kids were born I had dreams of them loving farm life, the animals, the outdoors, and developing a deep passion for the wonder of the land and passion for its stewardship. Simple living that feels so right to the soul and keeps you in tune with the natural order of the
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  • Family Farmed Expo 2010

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    The Family Farmed Expo was held recently in Chicago at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. It is been coined as The Midwest's Premier Local Food Event and may eventually become the nation's local food event at the rate it is growing. The Expo is spread out over three days of carefully
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  • The Farmer Can Fly

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    My husband, Mark, has always been a white-knuckled flier. It would totally unnerve him to board a plane. On an overseas flight several years ago he had to take a tranquilizer before getting on board. He absolutely hates to fly (commercially). So,imagine my surprise when about 10 years ago he
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  • Farmer Markets and Buying Direct from Local Farms

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    Chances are that at some point in your life you have had an opportunity to visit a farmer's market or roadside stand. In the last eight years, the number of farmers markets has increased almost 80% percent,and there are now over 3,000 marketsnationwide.  Approximately 20,000 farmers sell their
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  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s)

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    Community supported agriculture is an idea that is taking hold in farming. CSA denotes a community of people who pledge to support a farm so that the farmland becomes the community's farm. This may or may not entail having a legal agreement. The growers and consumers provide mutual support and
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  • The Family Farm is the Heart of America

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    Family farms are at the heart of rural communities across the country.These farmers produce high quality food and work to protect soil, air and water as well as biodiversity of crops and animals. Family farms are not able to achieve the efficiencies that come with large-scale
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  • The Family Farm Can Learn a Lesson from the Sea

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    The family farm can survive and even thrive if they look at the fishing communities in New England and Maritime Canada and learn from their experiences. Fishing was a way of life for hundred's of years for many families living on the east coast of the US and Canada.These families are
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  • Family Farm Benefits Everyone

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    Everyone would like to see the family farm survive.There is a desire to support a way of life that has existed in America for hundreds of years.Consumers should support the family farm not just because of their way of life but because there are real benefits to buying products produced on a
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