Owners Steve and Michelle Hamra were eager to show Emerson the changes in the operation since she last visited some four years ago before they moved the operation to a farm outside of Sikeston.
However, like all Southeast Missouri farmers, Hamra told the Congresswoman this year has tested his farming skills. He, too, struggled to raise a crop with the unusually long hot days and lack of water.
Typically, Hamra pointed out, lettuce isn't grown in the hot summer months. Walking into his greenhouse, however, visitors saw tables filled with green Bibb lettuce along with a new venture - Romaine lettuce. The farmer checked plants as he walked by with the tour, looking for signs of stress.
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