Marketplace helps you stay financially responsible all year, now we need YOUR help to keep our budget on track.
Donate NOW to help us hit our target of 2,500 Marketplace Investors by June 30!
Today is a happier day than yesterday for folks in the lower Midwest, especially farmers and ranchers.
This year’s drought has devasted crops and worried livestock owners. But today the weather has changed for the better, thanks to a good dumping of rain from what’s left of Hurricane Isaac.
Ken Lenox is a fifth generation cattle rancher in Rolla, Mo. We’ve chatted with him a few times this summer. Lenox’s cattle graze on native Missouri grasses, but with no rain the grass has all but dried up.
Lenox says the drought has forced him to buy hay to feed his cattle. “We’ve started feeding hay, which I’ve never done in August or September before. Normally I can stockpile some grass, not letting the cattle feed on a particular pasture for several months. That carries me through, into the New Year, usually. ”
The forecast calls for the rain to continue in Rolla through the weekend. Lenox says he really needs to see more rain again in a few weeks. But he admits he feels better than he did earlier this summer.
“The rain always makes you feel better. I actually got wet this morning. It was raining enough, and I did not start out with a raincoat. So I just enjoyed getting damp.”
If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air. But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.
Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.
When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.