Next week, the Missouri Farm Bureau is celebrating Thank a Farmer Week.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the farmers I've interviewed during the past year.
I didn't grow up on a farm and never took an agriculture class in school. But I've found myself writing more and more stories about agriculture.
After becoming the business writer here at The Southeast Missourian, it didn't take me long to figure out that agriculture was big business here in Southeast Missouri.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentional breach of the Birds Point levee last May--flooding 133,000 acres of Southeast Missouri farmland--drove this point home to me even more.
I've written dozens of articles about local agricultural issues this year, from dust regulations to corn prices to the soybean harvest. These stories wouldn't have been possible without local farmers who took the time to explain these situations to me.
Although I didn't have much background knowledge on farming, I've enjoyed learning about this industry and look forward to learning and writing even more.
Here are links to a few of my favorite ag-related stories from the past few months in case you missed them. And thanks to all the farmers who I interviewed!
Bloomsdale couple expanding goat's milk cheese operation
Floodway farmers begin harvest of soybeans planted after levee breach
Corn yields in Missouri hurt by hot, dry weather
Buyers not put off by rising price of Southeast Missouri farmland
Proposed USDA cattle rule would hurt meat quality, area producers say