Closing Missouri's meal gap

Drive to feed kids folderlogoWith the 2019 Drive to Feed Kids campaign now under way, Missouri agriculture is banding together once again to provide food for hungry children and stand in the gap for those who face food insecurity.

According to recent data from Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap,” more than 240,000 children in Mis­souri do not know where their next meal will come from. One in five children in our state regularly face hunger, and rural Missouri counties have the highest rates of food insecurity, affecting one out of every three children.

“We continue to see food insecurity grow in rural areas,” said Gary Marshall, Missouri Farmers Care chairman. “Through Drive to Feed Kids, we have the opportunity to raise awareness, while showcasing the tremendous work of farmers and ranchers who leverage sci­ence, technology, their expertise and natural resources to provide food for the world.”

In 2018, farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, FFA members and legislators supplied more than 100,000 meals, donated 18,932 pounds of canned food and packed 2,000 backpack meals for Missouri children. In addition, the drive raised more than $160,000 for Missouri’s six regional food banks to pur­chase child-friendly meals.

“Kids Feeding Kids” is the focus of this year’s campaign, re­flecting the role of youth volunteers such as FFA members who contribute to the cause. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, hundreds of FFA members from across Missouri will again work side-by-side during their “Food Insecurity Service Day” to pack more than 100,000 meals for Drive to Feed Kids at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

That day is also Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive $2 Tuesday. Fairgoers can enter the Mis­souri State Fair for $2 with a minimum do­nation of two canned food items. MFC will present a check from this year’s campaign to Feeding Missouri during the Brothers Osborne/Ashley McBryde concert at the fair on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Companies, farms, individuals and civic groups can participate in the Drive to Feed Kids by becoming a sponsor. If you would like to partner with MFC to benefit the Drive to Feed Kids, contact Ashley McCarty, MFC executive director, at ashley@ Individual donations can be directed to or text Drive2 to 44321. All donations will be dedicated to Feeding Missouri’s network food banks that work daily to alleviate childhood hunger.

To learn more about Drive to Feed Kids, visit online at

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Seeking stellar stewards

LeopoldAward ScherdersRecipients of the 2018 Missouri Leopold Conservation Award were John and Sandy Scherder along with their daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Curtis Delgman, of Frankford, Mo. Also pictured are the Delgmans’ children, Wyatt, Roxie and Bailey. Together they accomplish major conservation practices utilizing innovative seeding methods, cover crops and crop rotation.Missouri farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding steward­ship and management of natural resources will have an oppor­tunity to win a $10,000 award for their efforts.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Missouri Leopold Conservation Award Program, recognizing those who make extraordinary achievements in vol­untary conservation. Nominees will be evaluated on such criteria as conservation ethic, innovation, adapt­ability, resilience, leadership and communications.

The Sand County Foundation, a nonprofit conser­vation organization, presents the Leopold Conser­vation Award to private landowners in 14 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Missouri, the award was presented for the first time in 2017 in conjunction with Missouri Farmers Care and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. Previous winners of the Missouri Leopold Award are the Scherder family of Frankford in 2018 and the Lambert family of Laclede in 2017.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes those who inspire oth­ers with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

“The Leopold Conservation Award highlights the great work of Missouri farmers, ranchers and for­esters,” said Gary Marshall, chairman of Missouri Farmers Care. “These efforts are firmly rooted in enhancing the stewardship of farming and ranching operations. This program highlights farmers’ best practices and purpose to meet an ultimate goal: leaving the land in better shape for the next generation.”

Nominations may be submitted on be­half of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. All applications must be submitted or postmarked by Friday, July 12. The application can be found online at Email applications to MFC Outreach Coordinator, Kari Asbury, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to Missouri Farmers Care, 4481 Brown Station Road, Columbia, MO 65202. Finalists will be announced in November with the award presented in December 2019 or January 2020.

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MFA offers new premium equine nutrition, chicken feeds

Kalm N EZTribute Kalm ‘N EZ is among the new line of premium horse feeds offered through MFA locations. This pelleted feed has low levels of non-structural carbohydrates and is formulated for all classes of mature horses. MFA will also be carrying three other Tribute equine products.Horse owners looking for premium equine feeds now have more choices from MFA.

Nationally recognized Tribute® Equine Nutrition has been added to the product lines at MFA Agri Services, AGChoice and local affiliates. Tribute Equine Nutrition products are manufactured by Kalmbach Feeds, a family-owned business based in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

Although well known among professional equestrians, Tribute has only been widely sold east of the Mississippi River until now, said Mike Spidle, MFA Incorporated strategic feed specialist. This partnership will be Kalmbach’s first big push into MFA territory.

“We’re always looking for ways to add value for our customers, and Tribute is a name that’s recognized in the industry for top-of-the-line nutrition and outstanding results,” Spidle said. “Kalmbach’s ionophore-free manufacturing facili­ty is impressive, and their feeds include prebiotics, probiotics and optimum levels of antioxidants—similar to what we’re doing with Shield Technology.”

MFA will carry Tribute Kalm ‘N EZ® Pellets for all classes of mature horses, Kalm Ultra® high-fat pelleted feed for mature horses, Seniority® complete feed for mature and senior horses and Essential K® supplement to balance rations for all horses including idle, breeding, grow­ing and perfor­mance horses.

Tribute products have low levels of starch, sugar and non-structural carbohydrates (NSC). Low NSC levels are beneficial for hyperactive or excitable horses or those that suffer from metabolic conditions such as insulin resistance, Cushing’s disease or laminitis.

Additionally, for customers who want Non-GMO Project Verified chicken feeds, MFA is now offering the Healthy Har­vest® brand, also manufactured by Kalmbach. Included in the Healthy Harvest lineup are Starter Grower, Layer Crumbles and Layer Pellets. Spidle said these products are tar­geted to meet the needs of the dis­cerning backyard poultry enthusiast.

“We’re excit­ed to work with MFA because we share so many of the same values,” said Kalmbach Feeds’ Chief Learning Officer, Paul Kalmbach Jr., during an introductory presentation to MFA employees on March 28. “We believe in quality products that produce vis­ible results for the animal and exceptional customer service for their owners. We work hard and do the right thing. We feel like there’s a good foundation for this relationship to be successful.”

His grandfather, Milton, a poultry nutritionist, established Kalmbach Feeds in 1963 with a small grind-and-mix mill that sold bulk feed by the truckload. Since then, the company has grown to be a regional leader in animal nutrition with six feed mills and 600 employees.

The Tribute Equine Nutrition brand was launched in 2007, and the Healthy Harvest brand debuted in 2017.

“Just like MFA, we’re working every day to deliver value to our customers by investing in research, technology and qual­ity products that will help our customers succeed,” Kalmbach Jr. said. “We believe that people are the most important part of what we do; we have a great team, and I think it shows in what our company has been able to build.”

For more information on Tribute or Healthy Harvest prod­ucts, talk with your local MFA feed experts or visit online at

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