It's all about agriculture!

Friday, May 23, 2014
Dave Phillips Publisher

The first issue of Missouri Farms, our new monthly publication serving Ag families and farmers in Saline and Lafayette Counties will be delivered to over 14,000 homes on May 28th. You'll also find local Ag stories and daily updates here, at Missouri Farms online!

Whether you're a farmer, work on a farm, provide services to farmers...or just have breakfast every day, you'll find interesting news and features about the local Ag community wherever you see the Missouri Farms name.

We've assembled a great lineup of features for you this month. Here's a brief rundown of what you'll find.

In addition to farming 2,200 acres, Shawn and Chris Livengood have started a crop scouting business using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). They share their story with us this month. Keeping with our airborne theme, we profile Blake Allred who runs an aerial crop duster business out of the Marshall airport. Allred has also started a memorial fund that benefits local schools.

We'll meet Doug Haesemeyer, a local hunting guide from Emma who has hundreds of waterfowl decoys and six blinds in Lafayette and Saline County, ensuring a successful hunt for anyone who comes out with him.

John Ortiz, owner of Basic Solutions Research, is all about making growers more efficient. In this month's Q&A he talks about using Biologicals in the fight for higher yields.

Marcia Gorrell, award-winning columnist for the Democrat-News, is back with her monthly column that takes a humorous look at life on the farm for novice farmers. Just what is a "California-Howdy-one-finger wave" that she talks about in this month's story?

Our featured farmer this month is Shannon Dowell who farms in the Miami, Slater and Mount Leonard areas.

All of our efforts to present these local stories would not be possible without the support of the Ag community and we encourage you to build relationships with those advertisers who are supporting us.

We also remind you to visit Missouri Farms online for daily updates and timely classified advertising. You can find the Missouri Farms link at or

Missouri Farms is about those of us who live in the Sweet Spot of Missouri Agriculture and we welcome your comments and suggestions about how we can make it better.