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Front Porch Chat with John

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Posted by: on April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day! The sun is shining and the grass is growing on my place. I mowed the yard last Wednesday and it definately needs to be mowed again!

I mentioned the oats we planted on our farm. Here is what young oat plants look like:

They are about 2-3 inches tall right now, but by next week, they’ll be a lot taller! Oats are part of the grass family of plants. Of course, grass is critical for beef production as feed for cattle; however, grass is also important for sustaining America’s environment! Did you know that grass helps prevent run-off of rain, helps control flooding and keeps soil in place? Grass produces oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide. It also provides habitat and food for wildlife!

Grass is a wonderful plant and serves as the foundation for our beef industry in Missouri and around the world. As I look across my fields and pastures, I get goose bumps thinking about how something as simple as grass can do so many wonderful things!

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