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Daring Dairy
lifting limits with the MO AgriAbility Project

Lifting limits

Missouri AgrAbility Project helps keep agriculture accessible for farmers with disabilities

Story and photos by Allison Jenkins

Doug Boswell was paralyzed from the waist down in a four-wheeler accident. Carey Portell sustained critical injuries in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. Lee Howerton has dealt with poor vision and light sensitivity his whole life.
They may have different disabilities, challenges and stories, but these three farmers are connected. They’ve endured tremendous hardships, emerging stronger on the other side. They’ve adapted their lifestyle to preserve their livelihood. They’re united by common themes of. . . .


Doyle Manufacturing

Made in TF country

Innovative products, attentive service are
Doyle Manufacturing’s prescription for success

Story and photos by Allison Jenkins

In 1961, Merle “Jack” Doyle introduced the agricultural industry’s first drum-style rotary fertilizer blender, catering to an emerging movement toward prescription plant food applications.
In 2019, his namesake company, Doyle Equipment Manufacturing, introduced its latest innovation, a 24-ton rotary blender designed for ag retailers with big-batch fertilizer mixing needs. The blender is one of the largest on the market and is nominated for “Product of the Year” by CropLife Iron magazine—an award that’s never been given to dry fertilizer equipment.
“From the very beginning, we’ve been a . . . .

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