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MFA Incorporated announces construction of rail facility near Hamilton, Mo.
MFA Incorporated, a grain marketing and farm supply cooperative based in Columbia, Mo., recently announced a joint venture with MFA Oil Company, a farmer-owned energy supply cooperative, to build a shuttle-loader facility on the Union Pacific Railroad approximately 5 miles east of Hamilton, Mo. The grain-handling facility will consist of 2 million bushels of permanent storage and 1.5 million bushels of temporary storage along with a loop rail siding to accommodate a 110-railroad-car “shuttle” unit. Once completed, the structure will allow farmers in north central Missouri and southern Iowa to deliver crops to a modern, high-speed grain facility. Its rail siding capacity will provide new efficiencies to MFA Incorporated’s grain division as well as access to new markets.


The President's / Chairman's Letter
Agricultural media are proclaiming 2010 through 2014 as the Golden Age of Agriculture. The period was one of unprecedented growth and profitability for most entities involved in agriculture. MFA was no exception. The cooperative enjoyed its most profitable five-year period in history. That momentum was fueled by an emphasis on finance, people, and the MFA system of operations, processes and products. . . .
Weaning Calves, Best for you, Best for the Industry By Mike John, Director of Health Track Operations
When I first started working with MFA and Health Track 14 years ago, it was common to read about the uncertainty of weaning and pre-conditioning practices on the ranch.  Back then the cost of gain for that process was pretty close to the value of the added weight.  Man, have times changed!  
Moving horses to young pastures by Dr. Jim White
At the first sight of green grass, especially after a long winter; all sorts of thoughts run through one's mind: "no more feed bills!, will it rain in August? Is it OK for horses to get MFA Hi-Mag mineral or MFA MAG-ADE? (yes it is OK), when can I turn the horses out?, hopefully as soon as possible."

As tempting as it might be to contemplate the wonderfulness of turning horses out on grass- a bit of caution and restraint is warranted. Spring grazing should be introduced slowly. If the grazing is deferred until the pasture is 6-8 inches in height- the outcomes for both the horse and pasture are improved.
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