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The prodigal son returns

Agriculture.com Staff 03/05/2012 @ 1:22pm

By Dr. Donald J. Jonovic

Problem submitted by J.M. , via email

I’m planning to rejoin my father on our family farm in the spring, but I have a big concern.

After college graduation, I wanted to experience the world, so I joined the Army. It was a good experience, but it was something I didn’t want to repeat.

The concern is my brother, Aaron, who’s three years younger. He’s now working in the energy industry (currently offshore oil, but talking a lot about shale and fracking these days). He says he’s never coming back to the farm.

He means it now, but I know him. It could be five, even 10 years, but after he sows his oats, he’ll be back.

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