Zach Smith

Back to J.C.

Back to J.C.

Young leaders return to the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience  When Twin Rivers High School student Hannah Patterson found out she’d been selected by her local co-op to spend part of her summer vacation in Jefferson City, she admits she didn’t...

A Class Act

A Class Act

Energy in Today’s Classroom celebrates 10 years energizing educators For 20 teachers from Missouri and Iowa, the 2022-23 school year started a few weeks early at the University of Missouri-Columbia for Electricity 101 — cooperative style. Their class marked the 10th...

“Fin”ishing School

“Fin”ishing School

For the better part of 135 years, the mouth of Hearrell Spring has fed millions of fish to the nation’s streams through the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. Established by an act of Congress in 1888, it’s the oldest federal hatchery in operation today and since that...

Bring On The Broadband

Bring On The Broadband

For many residents of rural America, the idea seems like a pipe dream: High-speed internet that brings with it not only the creature comforts of fast downloads and reliable streaming connections, but also the power to improve their quality of life. Even for some...

Casts From The Past

Casts From The Past

by Kenneth L. Kieser  |  info@ruralmissouri.coop Branson’s History of Fishing Museum features a collection of lures and other items valued at $6 million. Curator Bill Bramsch makes a visit there more enjoyable with amazing stories about this vintage tackle and those...

Storm Safe

Storm Safe

Ozark Border Electric teams up with first responders to safeguard community The ice storm of 2009 may be a bad memory, but it’s never far from the minds of residents in southern Missouri. That may be especially true for anyone in the 11-county service area of Ozark...

Summers On The Vine

Summers On The Vine

Droke Family Farms fuels Missouri’s melon mania Missourians are accustomed to seeing school buses in the summer. In the Bootheel, they’re likely to be found parked in the middle of a field or traveling country roads between farms. These buses are slightly modified,...

Fun at Fellows Lake

Fun at Fellows Lake

For Matt Taylor, the magnetic draw of the lake is in his blood. As a two-year-old he played on the bank while his father fished. A decade or so later, Fellows was where he developed a lifelong love of sailing. “This lake is incredibly fickle,” he says, with a smile...

Backyard Paradise

Backyard Paradise

John Hess explores Brawley Creek Every day of every season, there’s a play unfolding on the banks of Brawley Creek in Johnson County. John Hess is there, camera in hand, watching the actors. Today he might have his eye on the Virginia bluebells, tomorrow a luna moth...

On the Banks of Deer Creek

On the Banks of Deer Creek

​Bev McCulloch rebuilds 1829 log cabin When Benjamin Fry built his log cabin south of the town that would one day become Plattsburg, northwest Missouri looked a little different. In 1829, the cabin was on Missouri’s frontier. The Platte Purchase had not been made,...

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