Niche dating site brings farm folks together

Niche dating sites are popping up all over, for all types of people. One of them helped bring together a Missouri couple who preferred finding love at the barn than the bar.

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Brett Halstead said he found the farm girl he was looking for on a website devoted to a different breed of dating.

He and Michelle Jones paired up with the help of the dating site Farmers Only, a service catering to farmers, ranchers and self-proclaimed country folk.

“From day one, we’ve just had this calling towards one another,” Jones said.

“God works in mysterious ways,” said Halstead.

The site offers help to hard-working people who enjoy wide-open spaces, but don’t like the loneliness that often comes with country living.

“I kind of went at it with no expectations, and here I am today,” Halstead said.

The Gower, Mo., man said he spent just one week on the site before he found Jones, a pork saleswoman living in Platte City.

“We met in the parking lot and talked. We didn’t have a lot of time,” he said. “We maybe talked for 15-20 minutes. I had to get home and she had to get home. That was kind of our first meeting. It was very casual.”

Long days and odd hours leave many of Farmers Only’s ideal clients with little time for love. It also means they may have to search just a little harder to meet their special someone.

“I knew I would find Mr. Right out there,” said Jones. “Luckily, I still have him.”

The couple lives in Smithville and will celebrate their first year together in mid-April.