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Platte was established because of the railroad that originally rolled through town, but the backbone of Platte has always rested in agriculture. As agriculture continues to drive the economy of the Platte area, the business community caters to serving that segment of the population with a sale barn, seed companies, feed stores, tractor supply stores, implement dealerships and repairs and veterinarians.
Platte's agricultural community is as diverse as its land. The rich soil is home to corn, wheat, soybean and many other crops, while cattle and sheep can be found grazing on the Bijou Hills or river hills of the Missouri.
Agriculture is the way of life in Platte. The farmers and ranchers of Platte work hard, 365 days a year. They do it because it is a part of who they are and who they want their children to be. So for every bad snowstorm, dust storm, tornado or drought, the men and women of Platte brush off their hands and keep their spirits high while they soak in the smell of a freshly harvested wheat field, the sound of calves bawling on the way home from pasture, or the sight of the season’s first snow lightly blanketing the fields.
A lot has changed since Platte’s early days. The horse-drawn plow was replaced by the tractor and plow, which has now been replaced by no-till or limited-tillage farming. Horses are no longer such a staple to ranch life, as trailers and semi-tractors have changed the way livestock is handled and moved.
Even though many things have changed in the past 100-plus years, the work ethic and pride that Platte's agricultural community possesses has not.