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Volume 73 | JULY 2020 | Number 7
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RM | PERSPECTIVES

We're all in this together

by Caleb Jones
cjones@amec.coop

T

he best steak I
have ever eaten
was a big chunk
of rib-eye raised
by my friend Jack Baker,
a director for Osage Valley Electric Cooperative.
Jack raises cattle on his
farm near Butler and
I can always count on
him dropping off a "care
package" around ChristCattlemen Brent and James Milligan joined with Tyler Clenin to
mas.
supply high-quality meat to families in Moniteau County.
The last few months, I
directories linking families to local
can't tell you how many times I heard
food sources. Your next tender, juicy
a friend tell me about empty freezers
steak may be as close as your local
at the supermarket. It has been the
farmers market. You might even
same mentality that happens when
live in an area where the farmer will
winter storms are forecast. "Storm
deliver it to your door.
coming? I better stock up."
It's not just meat that is being
With a couple of kids at home who
marketed locally. In many parts of
love to eat, I almost fell into the same
the state on-farm dairies are delivtrap. I ran by the grocery store one
ering fresh milk and cheese the way
night and started to get nervous. I
our grandparents enjoyed it. Nothing
had to stop, take a deep breath and
tastes better than fresh milk from a
remember all of those cold mornings
glass bottle.
before school when my brother, ClayThese days many people count on
ton, and I had to put out hay for our
income from side jobs to make ends
cattle. I called up my friend, Tyler
meet. This might be an artist who
Clenin, who owns Clenin Farm Suppaints landscapes or a neighbor who
ply in Moniteau County. He had a
makes wreaths. It could also be somepretty good laugh when I asked about
one who has a job in town and grows
the food supply. In addition to selling
sweet corn to sell on weekends. The
farm supplies, Tyler just started sellCOVID-19 shutdown really hurt these
ing meat direct from local farms to the
folks.
community.
We all have a choice on where we
When I asked if he would run out of
buy the things we need. Before you
meat any time soon, he just chuckled.
run to the store or log on to Amazon,
"If we run low on beef, I'll just round
take a minute to look around your
up another one from the Milligan
community. You may find that the
boys."
best products around aren't in some
If one good thing has come from the
fancy store, they are just down the
COVID-19 crisis it will be the knowlroad from someone you grew up with.
edge of where our food comes from. I
Shopping local is more than just savhave seen countless Facebook posts
ing time, it's helping our friends and
from farmers letting their communineighbors through this tough time.
ties know not to worry, that there is
Now, more than ever, we are all in
plenty of fresh, local food that they
this together.
can purchase from their neighbors.
It hasn't hurt that ag organizations,
Jones is the executive vice president
the Missouri Department of Agriand CEO of the Association of Missouri
culture and University of Missouri
Electric Cooperatives.
Extension have put together online
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