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.

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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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Brighten up your home – Waterbury Republican American

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CHICAGO TRIBUNENo need to break out the crayons. Beat the winter grays with bright stuff for your home. Here are some products to get you started.

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2. Primary colors and simple organic shapes mark the chairs from the Swedish design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune for Tacchini. The Kelly E Chair is $2,300, at Orange Skin, Chicago.

3. The Lindona Necklace from Songa Designs, an eco-friendly accessories line made by women in Rwanda as a way to establish their economic independence. Each handmade piece is made of repurposed natural materials such as banana leaf fiber, sisal plant, and cow horn. $48 at songadesigns. com.

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100 Years Ago: Complaints follow circus to town; Local cow earns distinction – Greeley Tribune

100 Years Ago, for the first week of July 1920, from the pages of the Greeley Tribune-Republican newspaper:

At the Fourth of July Circus in Greeley, there were numerous complaints of illegal gambling and pickpockets. Several people said they lost money to the phony gambling and short-changers. Circus management paid back the people who were short-changed, but not the gambling losses. They said the gamblers were operating illegally and were not part of the circus.

The Bluebirds Girls Club of Greeley ended their summer activities with a picnic at Island Grove Park. There was food and refreshments and wading in the river as part of their fun.

An agriculturist asks, “Where will the next generation of farm laborers come from?” We say they will come from the cities, when the people get hungry.

(Courtesy/Mike Peters)

Two short-change artists were arrested in Greeley just as they were boarding the train for Cheyenne. They confused employees at two local stores and got an extra $5 in change from one and $10 from another. They are currently being held in the Weld County Jail.

Piebe, a registered Holstein cow owned by Sid Gray of Johnstown, is the state’s leading producer of butterfat for the month of June.

At the Democratic Convention in San Francisco, presidential candidate James M. Cox nominated the assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, to be his vice-presidential running mate.

State Roadman J.R. VanGorder has named six farmers in Weld County as violators of the water laws. Those six have allowed wastewater to flood over country roads, making some of them impassable.

In northeast Texas, the race riots are over now, and armed volunteers patrol the streets at night. The riots began after two [Black people] were burned at the stake in downtown Paris, Texas.

Two people were injured Tuesday night when their horse became frightened in downtown Greeley and ran out of control. The two occupants were thrown from the buggy at 8th Avenue and 7th Street and the buggy overturned. Both were taken home and appear to be okay.

Adam Glover spent the last few days working in a hay field near Platteville.

A guest lecturer at the Colorado State Teachers College here said the only malnourished people in America are school-age children. He said ninety percent of the adult men and women in this country are overfed.

Editorial: “Malcolm McAdoo says the Republicans will sweep the country this fall. McAdoo always was the brightest member of the McAdoo family.”

— “100 Years Ago” is taken from the original pages of the Greeley Tribune, the Weld County Republican and, when they merged, the Greeley Tribune-Republican. Questions or comments may be sent to mrpeters26@comcast.net.

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Cow injured after chewing explosives wrapped in dough in UP’s Ayodhya; 2 arrested – The Hindu

People at a village here have reported that a cow is standing in a pond waiting for death after explosives wrapped in dough blew up its jaw, a case similar to the one that caused the death of an elephant in Kerala in May.

Police have arrested two men and a vet has been assigned to take care of the stray animal — which local residents say could be a cow or an ox — in Datauli village under Maharajganj police station of the district.

Those arrested have been identified as Satyanam Triveni, 32, and Bhola Ram Dayal, 35, the police said.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ayodhya, Virendra Vikram said the duo used to hunt wild boar and other animals for meat using dough filled with explosives.

He said the cow was in search of food and ate the dough.

Ayodhya Chief Veterinary Officer Dr A K Shrivastava told PTI that a veterinarian has been sent to the spot. “I received Ayodhya DM’s text message on my mobile and have sent a doctor to the spot,” he said.

The news comes after a pregnant elephant died in Kerala’s Palakkad in May after it accidentally ate a fruit stuffed with crackers, triggering a widespread outrage.

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Uber Under Pressure to Beef Up Food Delivery – The Wall Street Journal

After a deal to acquire Grubhub collapsed, Uber turned to Postmates, the smallest of the major U.S. food-delivery players. A Postmates driver in New York City in April.



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Uber Technologies Inc.

needs a win.

After a failed bid for

Grubhub Inc.,

the ride-hailing giant is trying to buy much smaller food-delivery company Postmates Inc. as it seeks surer footing in the era of Covid-19.

The San Francisco-based company needs to get stronger in the competitive world of food delivery as the pandemic has crushed its rides business and surging infections have subsumed early hopes for an economic recovery and people returning to offices.

The food-delivery industry was ripe for consolidation even before the pandemic hit, as the biggest companies turned their sights toward making profits on the heels of fast and expensive growth and amid increasingly overlapping markets. As consumers stayed home to stop the spread of the virus, food-delivery became a lifeline for restaurants battered by lockdowns and a relative area of activity in a deteriorating economy.

“Uber’s back is against the wall to do a deal in food delivery given the consolidation phase has kicked off,” said Dan Ives, an analyst for Wedbush Securities. “They’re at the prom looking for a dance partner and there’s really only one in the room: It’s Postmates.”

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Mr. Ives estimates that Uber Eats could save itself seven to 10 years of trying to grow its business with a Postmates acquisition.

In May, Uber cut roughly a quarter of its workforce and Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the company planned to trim $1 billion in fixed costs after stay-at-home orders to halt the spread of the coronavirus ravaged the company’s core business. Rides, which accounted for three-quarters of Uber’s revenue before the pandemic, plunged as much as 80% in April. Last month Mr. Khosrowshahi said that had improved somewhat to a 70% decline.

He said in May that Uber Eats, the company’s delivery arm, was a bright spot. In the first quarter, Eats gross bookings surged 52% from the year-earlier period to $4.68 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet, on average, expect the category’s second-quarter gross bookings to jump 65% from last year to $5.6 billion.

Shares of the ride-hailing giant soared after reports this week that it’s in talks to acquire San Francisco-based Postmates for $2.6 billion, as investors bet a tie-up would allow the company to find savings amid the costly work of building out a delivery operation. When news emerged June 10 that Grubhub had spurned Uber for another suitor, Uber’s shares had one of their worst days of the year, underscoring the importance of some kind of deal.

The ride-hailing giant’s shares have recovered from lows hit in March as Uber cut jobs and costs and made clear efforts to reposition itself amid the pandemic, but they haven’t returned to levels preceding news of GrubHub’s sale.

Food delivery is an expensive undertaking, and companies have offered steep discounts to get consumers to try out their services.

Morgan Stanley

projects that Eats will lose $340 million next year globally.

Uber didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A deal would boost the ride-hailing company’s food footprint in Los Angeles and Phoenix, where Postmates has 35% and 19% of those markets, respectively, according to research firm Second Measure.

Brian Nowak, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, estimates U.S. food-delivery sales will grow to about $45 billion this year from $31 billion in 2019. Mr. Nowak raised his estimate for 2020 based on an expected shift to online ordering amid shelter-at-home orders. He sees the industry growing to $86 billion in sales in 2025.

With about 23% of the U.S. market, Uber Eats slightly edged out Grubhub in meal delivery sales in May, to be ranked No. 2 behind DoorDash’s 45%, according to Second Measure. Postmates had 8% of the U.S. sales that month, the most recent full-month data available from the researcher.

Uber’s attempt to acquire Grubhub fell apart in June, in part because of regulatory concerns that it would create a monopoly in New York City. Instead, Grubhub turned to Dutch food-delivery giant

Just Eat Takeaway.com

in a deal valued at $7 billion.

After that, Postmates, the smallest among the major U.S. players, was seen as the next likely target for Uber. Should a deal come together, it could be announced next week if not sooner, according to a person familiar with the matter. There’s no guarantee a deal will be reached and Postmates, which has held discussions with other possible buyers since at least last year, has been simultaneously planning an initial public offering.

When Uber reported results for the first quarter in May, Mr. Khosrowshahi said that along with growth in food delivery, he was encouraged by early signs from markets that were beginning to open back up.

But a return to normal is unlikely soon, as a recent surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in states such as Florida, Texas and California force or extend shutdown measures indefinitely.

California’s turn from bright spot to hot spot is especially troublesome for Uber, as two of its largest markets—Los Angeles and San Francisco—are located in the state. Those cities along with New York City, Chicago and London made up almost a quarter of the company’s gross ride bookings last year. Analysts surveyed by FactSet, on average, expect Uber’s ride-hailing gross bookings to decline 62% in the second quarter compared with the first three months of the year.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday rolled back some reopening plans as cases explode across America’s most populous state. Among the latest directives: mandatory closure of many indoor restaurants.

Write to Tim Higgins at Tim.Higgins@WSJ.com

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Cow grievously injured by crude bombs in Chittoor passes away – Deccan Herald

A cow that was grievously injured by chewing an explosive-laden substance in Chittoor district expired in the wee hours of Wednesday.

The appalling incident occurred on Sunday evening at Kogileru village of Peddapanjani mandal when few cows from a goshala wandered into the nearby forestry area. Crude bombs kept in rotting substances were placed in the bushes to attract wild boars.

Following treatment locally, the badly wounded cow was taken to a veterinary hospital in Tirupati in an effort to save its life.

“The veterinary surgeons there declared the chances of its survival as minimal. We brought the cow back to the goshala and it expired at about 3:30 AM this morning,” Anitha Arjun Reddy, the caretaker at the Sri Jalakanteshwara Goshala said.

Lokesh Reddy, SHO of Panjani Police station told DH that they have arrested three men in connection with the crude bombs, causing the cow’s death.

A case was registered earlier under 286 (using explosives to cause hurt) 429 (mischief of killing, maiming cattle), etc., IPC sections, Section 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act 1960 and relevant provisions of the explosives act.

In another such cruelty on animals, a wild monkey was hanged to death from a tree by three men in Khammam district of Telangana, last week.

The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations condemned the incident and appealed to the governments to act on their responsibility towards animals.

“The brutal killing of a monkey in Telangana is in complete disregard of the constitutional mandates and the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 provisions. This crime going unpunished will encourage the locals and hunters elsewhere to engage in hunting, resulting in indiscriminate, illegal killings of animals endangering the safety and sanctity of wildlife in general,” FIAPO said.

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