Eye Sore to Town Pride

September 13, 2018

By Robin Gregg

Once an eye sore now town pride, what was the old Bleigh Concrete Plant which had been vacant for ten years, is now, Shelby Davis’s pride and joy.

Davis officially opened her newly remodeled office “Prairie Queen Ag” in the end of August, 2018. Davis bought the building in April 2018, and with the help and support of her father, mother, and brother, they remodeled the building to an office style business which took about five months.

Davis said, “I completely gutted the office area, what a huge change it has made.”

“I didn’t want a plain old name for the business, and I’ve looked at and admired the mural downtown in Monroe City for years and it says ‘Monroe City Queen of the Prairie’, so I decided to go with ‘Prairie Queen Ag,” said Davis.

Davis is a graduate of Monroe City from the Class of 2010 and is also a graduate of University of Missouri Class of 2014 with a degree in Ag Economics. Davis interned in several feed stores, including MFA in Kirksville. The opportunity arose to return home to Monroe City and work alongside now retired, Jack Young. Young retired in the middle of August 2018, the transition for Davis to take the reins was completed in the beginning of September.

“I had absolutely no intentions on returning to Monroe City, but, with this opportunity, I just couldn’t pass up,” said Davis.

Davis has been selling Pioneer, the premier seed brand across the country, for two years.

“I’m a Pioneer Dealer, I’m very proud of the product I sell,” said Davis.

Prairie Queen Ag does not have set hours, as Davis works closely with the Farmers. Davis is preparing for the Harvest season currently. Prairie Queen Ag is located across from Hannibal National Bank and Pizza Hut on business Highway 24/36, east end of Monroe City.

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Photos by Robin Gregg