MU Extension project helps 93-year-old farmer – Houston Herald

Farmers like 93-year-old Harry Keutzer don’t quit just because their body parts slow down.

His hens, cows and pets depend on him. So do customers at the Kansas City-area farmers markets where he sells produce, eggs and hand-loomed rugs.

The Missouri AgrAbility Project, through University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, provides aging farmers with information, referrals and a variety of resources to keep working.

Lincoln University Extension farm and AgrAbility outreach worker Susan Jaster carried out an assessment of accessibility at Keutzer’s Lafayette County farm and made recommendations on how to make the home safer and more accessible.


Harry Keutzer


MU Extension state health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch said AgrAbility helps farmers with disabilities caused by age, injury or illness to keep farming. The program provides research-based information and appropriate referrals to other agencies as needed.

America’s farm population has been aging rapidly over the last 30 years. According to the USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, released in 2014, the average age of U.S. farmers is 58.3 years. There are now more farmers over 75 than between the ages of 35 and 44, Funkenbusch said.

Keutzer and his daughter-in-law, Stacy, grew 3,000 tomato plants in a high tunnel last year. They also planted a three-acre garden and put in a large plot of potatoes on a neighbor’s garden spot. Stacy picks all of the produce and Harry sorts it. Both wash and pack it.

Mobility is a challenge. When it rains, Keutzer has to stay inside and can’t work. But Keutzer’s energy level and stamina during the three-hour farm assessment surprised Jaster.

“He has the energy and deserves to be able to carry on his active life,” she said.

AgrAbility recommended a different type of scooter to reduce fatigue and help him maneuver around the farm over muddy and rough ground. The program also recommended a hydraulic lift to move pallets from the ground to make it easier to load produce onto the enclosed truck the Keutzers take to farmers markets.

Harry’s weathered hands are rarely idle and his mind remains active with farmer ingenuity. He finds it increasingly difficult to plant, so he and his son, Virgil, built a transplanter for their small tractor. It plants and waters the plant plug and lays weed-barrier plastic.

He uses his scooter to check on 100 chickens and takes buckets of water to livestock. He milks a three-teated cow that provides milk for two calves and a gallon a day for milk, butter, homemade ice cream and tapioca for the Keutzers.

He still enjoys cutting wood. He makes wine and helps his daughter-in-law cut fabric strips to make into loomed rugs. In October, he assisted a calving cow with a difficult birth.

Keutzer grew up working with his brothers on his father’s 500-acre farm at Creighton, Mo. He was so small when he started milking cows that his father had a special milking stool made for him.

He went to a country school until eighth grade. He said boys carried .22-caliber single-shot rifles to school, shooting rabbits and squirrels along the way to feed their families. And all boys had a two-bladed pocketknife, he says, to skin wild game and play “mumblepeg” at recess.

After school each day, he listened to 15 minutes of the Tom Mix cowboy show on the radio before starting chores. The radio wasn’t turned on again until 9:30 p.m., when the family listened to “Amos ’n’ Andy” and the news.

He farmed with a team of horses before buying his first tractor, a Farmall F-20. In 1942, Harry bought his second tractor, an Allis-Chalmers WC, at auction for $870.

He and other farmers anxiously awaited electrification through REA. On Jan. 7, 1945, he and his wife, Johnnie, celebrated her birthday in nearby Clinton. They returned home to a house lit with electricity, and their new Montgomery Ward refrigerator was plugged in and running.

He, his wife and a hired hand traveled the area baling hay from spring to fall. His wife drove the tractor as he put the 8 ½-foot wires into the baler. The hired hand tied the bales. It was hard work, but Keutzer and his wife made enough money to buy a new Kaiser automobile with cash.

In 1952, the Keutzers moved to southern Minnesota, where his uncles lived. He rented 320 acres on shares and was one of the first to plant soybean. Corn was selling for $1.25 a bushel under a government price-protection system.

Times were different then, Harry recalls. Farm implement dealers and oil companies helped young farmers get started by extending credit until crops were sold. He bought a four-row cultivator, planter, disk, a new corn picker and two new tractors – a John Deere 720 diesel and an IH Farmall 400 – on credit.

He and Johnnie also opened their home to 50 foster children during their time in Minnesota. The dinner table was often set for more than 20. He taught the children the value of rural life, hard work and being self-sufficient.

In 1959, his father quit farming and he returned to Missouri. Harry rented the farm next to his father’s and had 1,000 acres of South Grand River bottomland.

They farmed the home place until 1972, when Truman Reservoir took much of their land. They sold out and returned to Minnesota to a 45-head dairy farm.

His son met Stacy and married. She wasn’t a farm girl but quickly learned how to care for 45 bucket calves. They farmed there until Harry’s wife died, then moved to Iowa. He worked until he was 81 as a night watchman for Spee-Dee Delivery Services before moving to Napoleon.

Keutzer’s farming practices and lifestyle evolved as times and technology changed. He keeps current with technology by following farm auctions and news online.

Just as he learned to incorporate new farming methods throughout his life, he has learned to adjust as a farming nonagenarian.

AgrAbility gives him the resources to continue doing what he loves to do-provide food to feed America.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an agency of USDA, administers the AgrAbility Project.

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'Big, black, makes a mooing sound': Missing cow eludes authorities in Metchosin – CTV Vancouver Island

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Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:53PM PDT

Last Updated Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:51PM PDT

A “rare” search is unfolding in a rural Vancouver Island community, and officials say it’s no bull.

The hunt is on for a cow that’s been missing in the District of Metchosin for more than two months and seems to have no intention of being called home.

Officials say the 16-month-old black heifer escaped its farm on Happy Valley Road in April and the elusive animal has yet to be found – though it has been rearing its head in unexpected places.

“Only recently we’ve been getting reports of this animal scaring people, for one, because it’s out at dusk and kind of looks like a bear,” said CRD bylaw officer Don Brown. “It’s also been harassing other animals like horses, for example.”

The cow’s owner told CTV News it’s been spotted infrequently in the area ever since it went missing.

“I was just out there and I had her in the pen and she just jumped the pen and kept on going,” said the cow’s owner Mike, who declined to give his last name.

Brown said the owner has been trying to apprehend the cow for months with no luck because it seems to have become adapted to the environment.

“There’s lots of grass to eat. It seems to be quite happy not to be caught,” he said.

Neighbour Eko Chashai said he’s also seen the cow running around the area, through neighbouring properties and surrounding roads.

“I’ve seen the cow. The cow is black and she’s running like crazy, she’s all over the place and she likes all the vegetation everywhere, so she can eat everywhere and drink everywhere,” he said.

With few leads, authorities are pulling out all the stops to try to find the animal on the loose.

“Usually you can entice them with food or sometimes with another animals,” said Brown. “Maybe a George Clooney kind of bull, I don’t know.”

While bylaw officers say there can be a $100 daily fine for an animal-at-large, authorities are instead working with the owner to bring the feisty heifer back home. 

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Muslim dairy owner beaten up, house set on fire in Jharkhand on suspicion of cow slaughter – Hindustan Times

A Muslim dairy owner was critically wounded and his house set on fire by a mob in a Jharkhand village after a headless carcass of a cow was found near his home, police said.

Thirty police personnel were injured as a frenzied crowd of around 1,000, including some self-appointed cow protectors, laid siege to 55-year-old Usman Ansari’s house in Giridih district’s Bariabad on Tuesday afternoon.

“Police had to resort to lathi-charge and air firing to quell the mob so that the victim and his family could be saved,” Giridih superintendent of police Akhilesh B Variar said on Wednesday, adding around 25 people were detained.

Ansari was being treated in a hospital and his family moved to a safer location under police protection.

North Chhotanagpur zone DIG Bhim Sen Tuti reached Giridih on Wednesday as hundreds of police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel were rushed to the area.

The incident is the latest in a string of attacks, largely against Muslim and Dalits, reported from across the country in the name of cow protection.

A Haryana teenager was lynched allegedly by his co-passengers in a train on June 22 after an argument. The crowd allegedly called him and his two brothers, who were injured, as beef-eaters.

The Centre has restricted cattle trade and several BJP-ruled states have come up with stringent punishment for smuggling or slaughtering cows, considered holy by Hindus.

The opposition and right activists have accused the BJP of pursuing the Hindutva agenda of its ideological parent the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Singh and targeting Muslims and Dalits through its cattle-trade rules.

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On Tuesday afternoon, villagers in Bariabad, which is around 250km from the state capital Ranchi, found a carcass that was missing its head and assumed that Ansari had slaughtered the cow, police said.

A mob carrying sticks and stones descended on his house and beat him up. When police reached the village, the crowd had surrounded the house. The mob clashed the police team and set the house on fire.

Police had to ask for reinforcements and it took them two hours to bring the situation under control, Giridih deputy commissioner Uma Shankar Singh said.

The violence comes less than a month after paranoid mobs lynched nine people on suspicion of child lifting in separate incidents in the tribal state. The panic was triggered by widely shared messages and videos that warned of kidnappers on the prowl.

A police probe found that four of the five Muslim men killed were cattle traders.

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Why were police chasing cows through the streets of North Palm Beach? – Palm Beach Post

It’s not unusual to find police chasing a suspect through the streets of Palm Beach County.

It is unusual when the suspect is a cow.

That’s what happened in May 1999, though. We’ll let former Post reporter Joe Brogan tell this “Holy Cow!”, only in weird Florida tale:

An 800-pound Black Angus cow and her 3-week-old calf led a frantic posse of police and paramedics on a slow-speed stampede through the streets of North Palm Beach Monday before they jumped off a sea wall into the Intracoastal Waterway.


Police borrowed a boat and finally managed to rope the animals as they swam toward Singer Island.

5/3/99 – North Palm Beach police officers rope the mother cow after its jump into the water. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

The animals, who had walked away from a pasture in Riviera Beach, were rounded up unharmed. But a North Palm Beach officer got kicked in the rear by the calf while loading him onto the boat. He wound up with ripped pants and slightly wounded pride, but still managed to milk some humor from the ordeal.

“In 20 years of law enforcement, I’ve never had to do anything like this,” Sgt. Tom Parks said. “I’m just glad I had clean underwear on because it’s been hanging out ever since I wrestled that calf.”


The chase, bizarre even by South Florida standards, began at about 7 a.m. when callers alerted police that the cows were on Lighthouse Drive. Sometime earlier – police don’t know when – the pair had escaped through a cut fence from a pasture near Blue Heron Boulevard and Congress Avenue, about 3 miles away.

Authorities found out later that the pair had wandered into the village public services yard on Prosperity Farms Road and damaged a garbage truck.

5/3/99 – Ralph Rossini in shorts, helps North Palm Beach police officers rope the mother cow after its jump into the water. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

Prodded by freedom, and perhaps by fear, the cows headed east through more than 2 miles of neighborhood streets. A half-dozen police and rescue vehicles tried to bottle up mom and son, but the cows dashed through gaps between the cars.

“We rolled everything we had to try to corral them,” Parks said.

Katie Hawkins, 17, was driving to class at Palm Beach Gardens High School when she saw blue lights flashing down the street, without sirens. She pulled over and the cows ran by her car.

“I thought I was still asleep, dreaming,” she said. At school, she told her boyfriend what she’d seen.

“He was like, `Cows?’ ” she said. “I was like, `Yeah.’ He was like, `OK.’ ”

Police blocked traffic on U.S. 1 to allow the cow and calf to safely cross from Anchorage Drive, Parks said.

With flashing blue lights still behind them, they legged it through a condominium parking lot, leaped off the sea wall on Paradise Harbour Boulevard and began swimming.

North Palm Beach boater Bill Messer took Parks and officers Tom Santiago and Tom Fitzpatrick aboard his fishing boat.

5/3/99 – North Palm Beach police paramedic Thomas Fitzpatrick calms the runaway calf after it was pulled from the Intracoastal Waterway.(Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

The four caught up with the calf off the southern tip of Munyon Island, about three-quarters of a mile from the west shore. They roped him and pulled him into the boat, but had to restrain the animal when he tried to jump out again, tearing Parks’ pants.

The men then roped the cow and towed her to Lakeshore Park in Lake Park, where animal owner Larry Jarrell’s workers pulled her up a makeshift ramp to the cheers of dozens of bystanders.

Both cows appeared “extremely tired,” Parks said.

“There’s no way that cow could have made it (much longer),” Parks said. “She was just done.”

Jarrell, a construction company owner who has 350 cattle, said he didn’t know who cut the fence. He will not be fined for the animals’ escape because it was not his fault, a county animal control official said.

“This is the most amazing thing I’ve seen in my life,” he said. “They’ve never done this before.”

5/3/99 – North Palm Beach police officers rope the mother cow after its jump into the water. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

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Cattle – Iowa Farmer Today

Boxed beef cutout values this afternoon were lower on Choice and higher on Select on light to moderate demand and moderate offerings, USDA said.

  • Choice fell $1.18 to $238.57/cwt.
  • Select gained 94 cents to $217.66.

USDA posted no reportable negotiated cash sales in Nebraska and Iowa-Minnesota.

“Futures opened lower off negatively construed Cattle on Feed report but have recovered nicely as I write,” a Country Futures analyst wrote this morning. However, he said the overall trend in cattle “will most likely remain down into fall.”

August live cattle “closed limit up on the day as traders faded the Cattle on Feed report and stops were activated above Friday’s highs,” The Hightower Report said. Analyst there said the market is “vulnerable to long liquidation selling if support levels are violated.”

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Two cars crash as cow wanders onto Highway 24 – East Bay Times

ORINDA — Two cars crashed Monday afternoon on Highway 24 after a cow reportedly wandered onto the highway, the California Highway Patrol said.

Initial reports confirmed by the CHP indicated a silver Mercedes and a black Honda were involved in the crash around 12:20 p.m. in the eastbound direction just west of the Camino Pablo exit. The CHP reported that a cow ran across lanes, and that the two cars crashed trying to avoid it.

There were no injuries, according to the CHP.

It’s not the first time this year that livestock and traffic have mixed with bad results on a Bay Area highway. Three people were hospitalized and a hornless bull died March 27 after a six-vehicle crash on eastbound Highway 4 just past the McEwen Road exit.

That crash happened just days after two horses wandered away from their paddock in Alamo and walked onto northbound Interstate 680. Neither was hit by a car and Contra Costa Animal Control removed them.

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Brazilian Restaurants in US not Bothered by Beef Ban –

Brazilian restaurants in the United States have no beef with the U.S. government’s ban on meat from Brazil because the steaks they serve are all-American.

Brazil is the world’s largest meat exporter but business has been marred by scandal and safety concerns and on Thursday the United States barred imports from there.

The ban will not be an issue for American diners hungry for Brazilian dishes such as picanha, a famous cut from a cow’s rump.

“It doesn’t even come close to beef from Colorado,” Joao de Matos, one of the owners of top-notch Brazilian steakhouse Churrascaria Plataforma in New York City, said of his homeland’s beef in a telephone interview.

De Matos also buys meat from Texas, the biggest cattle producing state, and said he probably would not buy from Brazil even if the ban is lifted.

“Our supplier is the same that we had for 21 years,” de Matos said. “He doesn’t even know what Brazilian beef is.”

In Chicago, the historic center of the massive U.S. meat packing industry, managers of restaurants such as Carnivale and Zed451 said their themes may be Brazilian but the beef isn’t.

“We try to use local vendors but several chefs’ recipes are specific to Brazilian regions,” said an employee at Carnivale. “And we do have a couple of meats that come from Australia.”

Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao has more than two dozen restaurants across the United States, as well as nine in Brazil. None of the meat used at their U.S. restaurants comes from Brazil, Mary Nelson, a spokeswoman for the chain, said in an email.

A little over 7,000 metric tons of fresh beef has been imported to the United States from Brazil so far in 2017, said Eric Mittenthal, spokesman for trade association the North American Meat Institute. That is a tiny fraction of total U.S. meat consumption, he added.

Much of the Brazilian meat is imported as trimmings, which typically end up used in hot dogs, meatballs and other processed meat products.

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Two arrested in Saharanpur for cow slaughter; meat sent to laboratory for examination – Firstpost

Saharanpur: Two persons were arrested on Sunday for allegedly slaughtering a cow at Talheri Bujurg village in the district, police said.

Representational image. Reuters

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On receiving information about cow slaughter, a police team raided a house in the village. The accused opened fire on police personnel after they were cornered, Additional Superintendent of Police Prabal Pratap Singh said.

No one was injured in the incident and two of the three accused were arrested, he said, adding the third managed to escape.

“More than 15 kg of meat was seized from the house and sent to a laboratory for examination,” Singh said.

The police have also seized a knife and a country-made pitsol from the arrested persons and launched a man-hunt for the third accused, the officer said.

Cases have been lodged against the three persons, police said.

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2-year-old's stuffed cow saves his life – WMUR Manchester

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'Cow economics' are killing India's working class – The News Minute

Afroz Alam, Maulana Azad National Urdu University

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian parliament for the first time in June 2014, his inaugural speech focused on integrating and protecting India’s Muslims.

“Even the third generation of Muslim brothers, whom I have seen since my young days, are continuing with their cycle-repairing job,” he said, referring to one of the many menial jobs to which Indian Muslims are often relegated. “Why does such misfortune continue?”

But instead of “bring[ing] about change in their lives,” as Modi promised, his government has made life harder for India’s Muslims by cracking down on the leather and beef industries.

Impact on Muslim and Dalit livelihoods

Muslims and Dalits (the marginalised group once known as “untouchables” in the Hindu caste system) are among the poorest in India, and they have very little access to property. By tradition and due to a lack of other opportunities, many work in the leather sector, which employs 2.5 million people nationwide.

Over the past three years, this trade has increasingly made Muslims and Dalits the targets of so-called cow vigilantism – attacks perpetrated by Hindus on cow traders in the name of religion. And legislation adopted in May, which amends the 1960 Prevention of Cruelty on Animals Act, is set to victimise these populations economically.

Among other changes, the new rules mandate that cows, camels and buffalo may be sold to farmers only for agricultural purposes, not for slaughter.

In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, one out of every 1000 work in cow-related industries, including slaughterhouses and the leather industry. The town of Kanpur recently saw several slaughterhouses close down, putting out of work over “400,000 employees linked to leather industries”, according to a Reuters report.

The supply of local hides has declined precipitously, leading to a decrease in Indian sales of leather and leather products. From April 2016 to March 2017, total leather exports dropped 3.23% from the previous year, to US$5.67 billion from US$5.9 billion.

India also does enormous trade in meat. In 2015, the main market for its buffalo meat was Vietnam, which buys up US$1.97 million worth of it, followed by Malaysia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Last financial year, annual production was estimated at 6.3 million tonnes and exports totalled US$3.32 billion, according to a report in the Economic Times. That’s down from US$4.15 billion the year before. In Uttar Pradesh alone, attacks on cow related-businesses have already triggered losses of US$601 million on the state’s export business.

Coercive measures

States have also introduced several coercive measures aimed at people in the cow businesses. Uttar Pradesh, whose chief minister is a right-wing Hindu fundamentalist, leads the measures.

Illegal slaughterhouses have been at the core of the debate in recent months following a government crackdown in March 2017, as non-compliant facilities struggle to adapt to complex regulations, including locating shops at specific distances from religious places, getting appropriate documents from several administrations or particular freezers.

On June 6 2017, the state issued a new directive to punish cow slaughter and illegal transport of dairy animals under the National Security Act and Gangsters Act, effectively criminalising traders.

This has encouraged harassment of Muslims and Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. Even in the Muslim-majority village of Madora, residents are encouraged to denounce those who engage in slaughtering cows by the promise of a INR50,000 (US$1000) reward.

On the west coast state of Gujarat, cow slaughter is now a non-bailable offence, punishable with life imprisonment, meaning that people who kill a cow will serve the same time as a murderer.

Central Jharkhand and other states ruled by Modi’s BJP party have begun applying similar laws. The national government is also currently considering a petition to give cows an Indian identity card similar to those issued to its citizens.

The legal status of cow slaughter in India in 2012. Today, all yellow regions have turned red.Barthateslisa/Wikimedia, CC BY-ND

In the name of the cow

These new rules have reinforced the impunity of criminal groups that burn down Muslim and Dalit businesses, terrorise cow traders and brutally beat or kill people. Rebranding themselves as animal activists, cow vigilantes exploit the sanctity of this animal in Hinduism to commit violence, with the tacit endorsement of state and national governments.

The violence has impacted both legal and illegal traders (bulls and buffalo are not included in new regulations), generating panic among flayers, contractors, truck drivers, traders, daily wage earners, who are now abandoning their posts out of fear. The majority are Dalit or Muslim.

Hindu slaughterhouse owners, on the other hand, have been largely spared by the wrath of cow vigilantes and onerous regulations. Of the country’s 11 largest meat-exporting companies, eight are Hindu-run.

Flourishing and paradoxical beef trade

None of this will help already-tense Hindu-Muslim relations in India, nor does it seem to bode well for Modi’s “Make in India” initiative to boost the country’s economic production.

According to the campaign website, the government hopes to increase leather exports to US$9 billion by 2020, from its present level of US$5.85 billion, and bring the domestic market to US$18 billion, doubling its current value.

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To do so, the government says it will focus on maintaining India’s comparative advantages in production and labour costs and ensure the availability of skilled manpower for new or existing production units. But that may be hard when Muslim and Dalit workers are being systematically singled out and harassed.

The ConversationCan Modi’s government really afford a crackdown on cow economics?

Afroz Alam, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Maulana Azad National Urdu University

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Stuffed cow breaks boy's fall from second-story window – CBS News

CHELSEA, Mass. — Police say a 2-year-old boy is fine after a stuffed animal broke his fall from a second-story window in Massachusetts.


Eduardo Gomez fell from a second-story window in Massachusetts. His stuffed cow prevented him from sustaining serious injuries. 

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CBS Boston reports Eduardo Gomez is back home recovering from the terrifying experience.

Gomez was jumping on a bed when he fell right out of a second floor window of a home in Chelsea — a 16-foot drop to the pavement.

Luckily, his fall was broken by a huge stuffed animal — a black and white cow. 

“Unfortunately, we have these types of calls,” said Dep. Fire Chief John Quateri. “Something like this happens. They don’t all result like this. He was very fortunate the stuffed animal broke his fall.”

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes said the boy was conscious and alert when officers arrived. He “miraculously” sustained only minor injuries.

Gomez was held overnight at Massachusetts General Hospital for observation, but has since been released.

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