Missouri agriculture is in the midst of changes. Traditional marketing channels are proving to be tough sledding for many independent producers, so they're taking matters into their own hands. Farmers are joining together to process and market their products. Each month, host Kyle Vickers looks at some of Missouri's producer-owned projects. He will be joined by some farmers and others who are right in the middle of the action, taking charge of their own future.
June 20 at 8:30 (and June 23 at 6:30)
2013 National Cattle Dog Finals
Working dogs have been developed over centuries to help folks carry out their daily lives. Border Collies are especially bred to herd livestock and are arguably one of the smartest and most trainable breeds. Some of the best Border Collies in the world were recently right here in Central Missouri for a competition to exhibit the skills of both dog and trainer.
Joining Kyle in the studio is Thad Fleming, Organizer of the2013 National Cattle Dog Finals. We also visit with the "Hub" Holmes, President of the US Border Collie Handlers Assoc. and this year's Open Champion.
July 18 at 8:30 (and July 21 at 6:30)
Alpacas at Hasselbring's Harmony Ranch
Bred for their fibrous coats, Alpaca come from South America, but do exceedingly well in our Midwestern climate. Both profitable and ecologically friendly, these mild-mannered creatures are a growing sector in U.S. agriculture.
Joining Kyle in the studio is Patty Hasselbring, of Hasselbring’s Harmony Ranch in Concordia, MO. She also joins us in the field for Harmony Ranch’s shearing day. This annual event allows the Hasselbring’s to harvest the finest in Alpaca fiber and allows the community an opportunity to learn more the industry.
About your host
Kyle (right, with Smiley) is a farmer in Vernon County, Missouri, who's farm is a diversified grain and livestock family operation. He received a B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, helped organize the Missouri Farmers Union, served as chairman of the Missouri Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Committee and went on to serve eight years as Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.