Two newspapers, the Missouri and Arkansas Farmer and Fruitman and the Missouri and Kansas Farmer, promoted the settlement of southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northwest Arkansas. Established in the 1880s, these newspapers printed testimonials from settlers and visitors about the area’s rich agricultural promise.
Other agricultural newspapers promoted improved farming methods. Columns devoted to livestock and poultry raising, dairying, horticulture, and row crops described characteristics of stock breeds and encouraged farmers to rotate crops and pack fruit properly for shipping. Pages for farm wives provided recipes and dress patterns as well as letters received from readers. The St. Joseph Stockyards Journal included detailed information about the selling prices and number of livestock brought to the city’s stockyards.
The content of agricultural newspapers evolved during the twentieth century. The South Central Ozarks Farmer, a supplement to the Mountain Grove Journal and Cabool Enterprise during the 1970s, expressed concern about the increasing number of corporate farms. In 1974 the publisher attended a consumer/farmer relations institute that examined, “The great middle ground that lies between the farmer and the supermarket grocery cart.”
For a list of all digitized newspapers, visit the Missouri Digital Newspaper Project.
For a list of newspapers on microfilm at The State Historical Society of Missouri, visit the newspaper catalog.
|County||City||Title||Also Available On||Date Range|
|Adair||Kirksville||Adair County Farmer||Microfilm||1891-1894|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||Journal of Livestock & Agriculture||Microfilm||1969-1978|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||Journal of Livestock and Agriculture||Microfilm||1963-1966|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||St. Joseph Journal of Livestock & Agriculture||Microfilm||1973-1974|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||St. Joseph Journal of Livestock and Agriculture||Microfilm||1978-1986|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||St. Joseph Stock Yards Journal||Microfilm||1950-1954|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||Stock Yards Daily Journal||Microfilm||1904-1906|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||Stock Yards Journal||Microfilm||1940-1949|
|Caldwell||Hamilton||Hamilton Farmer’s Advocate||Microfilm||1890-1893; 1901-1919|
|Cape Girardeau||Jackson||Jackson, Mercury, and Cape Girardeau Farmer||Microfilm||December 31, 1831|
|Carroll||Dewitt||Carroll Farmer’s Herald||Microfilm||1901-1934|
|Jackson||Kansas City||Kansas City Weekly Journal and Missouri and Kansas Farmer||Microfilm||1920-1923|
|Jackson||Kansas City||Missouri & Arkansas Farmer and Fruitman||Microfilm||1896-1906|
|Jackson||Kansas City||Missouri and Kansas Farmer||Microfilm||1884-1919|
|Jackson||Kansas City||Weekly Star Farmer||Microfilm||1952-1961|
|Madison||Fredericktown||Farmer and Miner||Microfilm||March 18, 1876|
|Perry||Perryville||Mid America Farmer Grower||Microfilm||1988-2014|
|Perry||Perryville||MidAmerica Regional Farmer||Microfilm||1987|
|Taney||Forsyth||Pioneer Farmer||Microfilm||June 2, 1876|
|Wright||Mountain Grove||Mountain Grove South Central Ozarks Farmer||Microfilm||1974-1979|
|St. Louis||Farmers’ & Mechanics’ Advocate||Microfilm||1834-1835|
|St. Louis||Farm Progress||Microfilm||1908-1912|
|St. Louis||Journal of Agriculture and Farmer||Microfilm||1876-1886|
|St. Louis||St. Louis Midland Farmer||Microfilm||July 1876|
|St. Louis||St. Louis Union Stockyard Journal||Microfilm||1901|