Hay shortage here has ag producers facing tough decisions, praying for rain

Photo courtesy Lindsay Collins. Fields decorated with hay bales have created pretty scenery lately around the county, but this year’s crazy spring weather and dry conditions have resulted in a substantially smaller hay crop than in previous years. The shortage has livestock producers scrambling to find hay to buy for the coming winter. Ozark County Extension specialist Randy Wiedmeier said that in good years, fields might produce five or six round bales per acre, but this year it’s more like two or three.

After digging out of the mud and rising from the ashes, GVFD is better, stronger one year after double disasters struck

The Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department lost its pumper and ladder trucks in last year’s flood and fire. But within a few weeks of the double catastrophe, the Republic Fire Department had offered to sell the city of Gainesville a used firetruck (left) for $25,000, and the Robertson Fire Protection District gave the department a used fire and rescue truck it had previously offered for sale for $80,000.

July 4th music, food, games planned as area residents celebrate Fourth of July

Photo /Theodosia Marina Resort A long line of golf carts ablaze with patriotic colors lines up for the annual golf cart parade at Theodosia Marina Resort. This year, the parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30 with line-up at the Fort Cook office

Ozark Countians, along with family guests and tourists, will celebrate the Fourth of July in the coming days with a wide variety of colorful events around the area.


Ozark County Times

504 Third Steet
PO Box 188
Gainesville, MO 65655

Phone: (417) 679-4641
Fax: (417) 679-3423

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