Agricultural stores keep local producers supplied

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
MFA employee Megan Lyons stocks product, which local producers rely on each day to ensure the success of their operations. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

MFA employee Megan Lyons stocks product, which local producers rely on each day to ensure the success of their operations.

Cassville MFA worker Dean Myers operates a forklift to transport bags of animal feed. The store sells a variety of feed by bulk and by the bag, gate and fencing, plant fertilizer, chemical applications, rents sprayers, offers soil testing for surfaces through its Nutri-Track program, animal medications, seeds, clothing, boots, garden tools, bee supplies and crop and livestock insurance. Deadline to apply for insurance is March 15. The store is located on Highway 248 in Cassville. The USDA is currently offering assistance to producers through its Conservation Stewardship Program, which helps landowners build their business, while utilizing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Tractor Supply cashier Cindy Cornelison, right, provides customer service with a smile. Local agricultural stores and current USDA programs help producers be successful. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Farm supply stores do their part to support local producers each day with a wide range of agricultural and livestock supplies, including animal feed and supplies, veterinary medical products, tools, field supplies, workwear and boots. The USDA helps, too, with ongoing programs to support producers, including a recent one offering $200,000 in grants to partners who will promote public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill conservation activities. For more information about the application process, people may contact Karen Brinkman at Karen.Brinkman@mo.usda.gov, or by calling 573-876-0909. In photo, Cassville Tractor Supply Team Leader Steve Erway helps carry a bag of animal feed for a customer. The store is located at 1011 Old Exeter Old. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Cassville MFA Store Assistant Manager Misty Townsend assists a customer at the store. Agricultural and livestock supply stores like MFA help keep local producers in business with a wide variety of supplies and services, including animal feed, veterinary products, tools, field supplies, workwear and boots and crop and farm insurance. The USDA also helps support producers in many ways, including through a recent program offering $200,000 in grants to partners who will promote public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill conservation activities. Applications for the grants must be received by Friday, Feb. 23. For more information about the application process, contact Karen Brinkman at Karen.Brinkman@mo.usda.gov, or by calling 573-876-0909. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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