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Spring and Easter are times of renewal. We think of baby bunnies and chicks, smells of fresh-cut grass and floral scents from blooming flowers. We celebrate the risen Christ with special church services, dinners with family and egg hunts for the children. However, this time of year has brought me a heavy heart over the past eight years. more
“The only thing we have to Fear is Fear Itself.” — President Franklin Roosevelt, March 4, 1933. more
Moveable electric fencing has become an important grazing management tool for cattle producers over the past half-century, or so. more
“Because that’s how it’s always been done” is a terrible phrase. Everything about it goes against the grain of improving upon the work for which we are responsible. Innovation is stifled and progress is delayed because of such expressions. If farmers lived that way, they would still be putting seeds into the ground by hand one by one. If farmers never adapted to changing practices and technology, the world would not have the abundance of food, fiber and fuel it enjoys today.  more
I grew up in Dallas County; however, I now live in California and have for many years. I would like to express how much I enjoy reading the Buffalo Reflex each week. My husband, a California native, enjoys the editorials and all the other articles, also. more
I graduated in 1979. I lived through the ’70s during my school days. Today, many everyday 1970s objects are considered out of fashion or extinct. So let’s look at consumerism from the eyes of that kid who wanted to grow up, have a wood-paneled living room, and eat as many Lifesaver Cremesavers as she could manage. more
Isn’t it scary that our political leaders can pick which incidents they choose and make criminal offenses of them. I guess it depends on who is involved, but it is definitely used as a political ploy. more
A couple of weeks ago, my wife, Carol Ann, and I made a trip to northeast Missouri for her to check up on one of her public administrator’s wards and visit with the MAC (Missouri Association of Counties) immediate past president, who is the county clerk for Scotland County. We experienced something along the way that got me to thinking and comparing a portion of the drive to the facets of life. more
Before this latest freeze, I thought I felt a touch of spring in the air. more
As the legendary college football coach Lou Holtz once said, “How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.” Last week was the annual legislative spring break, marking the symbolic halfway point in the 2023 spring legislative session. Looking at the first half, we saw progress on a number of Missouri Farm Bureau priority issues.   more
Though I’ve yet to settle on what I want to be when I grow up, I’ve never wanted to be anyone other than me. more
Monday morning, the 20th, I looked and my front yard was full of robins — dozens of them. I had always heard that seeing the first robin was a sure sign of spring. Here is what one Internet site said, “Some people believe that the robin is a promise of new beginning and renewal, just like how plants begin to grow and bloom in springtime. Seeing a robin may encourage the observer to make positive changes in their life, let go of any grudges and follow their dreams.” Whatever the belief, it was absolutely amazing to see that many robins. more
The 1955 American country song written by Jerry Reed starts, “If God is willing and the creek don’t rise …,” which was the song that played over and over in my head on Friday as a group of crazy women in purple and red hats made a pilgrimage to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. more
I’ll admit I’m not a Buffalo native. more
How many times have you heard that we should learn how to bottle up the energy of a 3-year-old, sell it and make a million dollars? I heard that statement many times while my children were little, and I heard it again recently about my youngest granddaughter. She runs and squeals, enjoying life in front of her.  more
I’m often asked about my work in hospice, which many people misunderstand if they’re aware of it at all. Like my colleagues, I’m passionate about my work, and we continuously try to help educate patients, families and other health care professionals about the benefits of hospice. more
From the time they were big enough to make their own beds, my girls always had rooms of their own. more
I just received the news that an old friend has left us for his eternal home. Many locals probably knew him. His name is Raymond Lowe. He was a kind, polite and caring individual who possessed a hardworking ethic and always tried to give 100 percent. Raymond and I have been friends for five decades. We weren’t soldiers together, but longtime co-workers in the trenches of hard labor. more
What would you do with $1,000 for your favorite charity? more
Farm Bureau hosts or promotes many noteworthy events throughout the year. Watching nearly 100 tractors cruise in a single file line along county roads in northwest Missouri is always a sight to see. Teeing it up at our annual golf outing that supports the great work of the MOFB Foundation for Agriculture inevitably brings a lot of laughs. Getting 1,500 members together for three days at the Lake of the Ozarks for our annual meeting provides time for camaraderie and hard work to shape our organization’s future. more
A couple weeks ago, I sat in my “mobile office” looking out the window after completing my morning farm chores. I paused to take in the beauty of the fresh snow that blanketed the ground. The pure white snow touched everything in sight. The ice crystals sat light as a feather on every strand of barbed wire and on every tree branch. Moments like that bring a sense of appreciation to reflect on the past and look forward.  more
I never truly appreciated as a boy the gift of living in the country. more
Texting is commonplace in today’s world. I get more texts than phone calls. At least today, the texts are part of my phone plan. When this phenomenon started, my teens paid a quarter for every text. more
I took a little trip the other day. One I have taken many times in my life. The difference now, is that I can only take it in my mind of memories. I’m talking about a visit to my past and my grandparents’ farm. more
In 1988, “Lamb Chop’s Sing-Along, Play-Along” unveiled a four-line chorus, and just by those few words alone, you might already be experiencing hives, a rash or eye twitching from the memories spilling back into your head. “The Song That Never Ends” was something kids sang on repeat, because, as the title says, it’s the song that never ends.  more
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