Where We Stand

By MFA Oil President and CEO Jon Ihler What an interesting spring it’s been. While the coronavirus outbreak shut down large portions of the country and the economy, MFA Oil remained open as an essential business so that we could…

A Safe Haven for Kids

Just north of Harrisburg, Mo., there’s a home that serves as a refuge for children who have been mistreated or neglected. Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home offers children a safe, loving home environment and an opportunity for stability. “The kids…

Targeting Optimum Cow Size

K-State beef cattle specialists discuss factors that influence the most efficient cow size Genetics, feed resources and calf marketing windows are just some of the influencing factors that determine the optimum size for cows to grow, according to the Kansas…

Man on a Mission

Tom Cushing climbs out of a propane bobtail truck, unfurls its heavy hose and stretches it toward a customer’s nearby tank. The way he moves it’s hard to tell the man once sustained a back-breaking injury that would lead to…

Embracing the Art of Teaching Ag

Ag Educators Series Life changed in spring 2020. People stopped going to work, the movies and restaurants. They even stopped hanging out together. It was literally a matter of life and death. But ag workers kept working. You don’t get…

White Gold

The Erickson family has filled a farming niche in northwest Missouri Most of the year, an Erickson family cornfield looks like any other around the small town of Tarkio, Mo., practically a stone’s throw from the Iowa border. In the…

Levee Repairs Progressing

Last spring’s floods along the Missouri River and its tributaries ravaged dozens of levee systems, and many have yet to be repaired. As of May 1, at least 28 levees that are managed by the Kansas City District of the…

Ed & Joette Reidy of Happy Apples

Apple Ambitions

A ‘happy accident’ 50 years ago launched a legacy Few foods are as synonymous with a season as the lauded caramel apple. For a handful of weeks each autumn, this timeless treat — with its classic combination of tart apple,…

Crude Crash

The Day the Crude Futures Market Broke

On April 20, the energy market did something we’ve never seen before. Futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange for May contracts of West Texas intermediate crude oil, or WTI, traded to a low of -$40.32 per barrel and settled…

How the Coronavirus Outbreak Upended the Meat Supply Chain

The protein production pipeline is backed up and the repercussions are already being felt by farmers and consumers. Grocery store meat cases are emptier, some fast food restaurants are unable to offer standard menu items, and food prices are up…