ARTICLES BY LISA PRATER
Keep Date Night Sacred By: 02/05/2016 @ 9:57am

When Jayson and I were married 18 years ago, a cousin who had gone through a divorce offered us this piece of advice: Keep date night sacred. He said that after his daughter was born, he and his ex-wife…

Romance on the Farm By: 02/05/2016 @ 9:36am

When you list all the attributes that describe your average farmer, you’ll likely say hardworking, determined, and maybe stubborn. But romantic? Love on the farm may not be written like the traditional…

Watch Online: Why Farm Transitions Need a Woman's Leadership By: 11/06/2015 @ 10:00am

Transition planning is optional ... kind of. If you don’t really value your family relationships and don’t mind if the farm continues in the family, then that may be true. For most women in ag, this is not…

Health Insurance Price Hike Notices Hit Mailboxes By: 10/28/2015 @ 9:28am

Health insurance costs are on the rise, and whether you are insured through the federal government’s HealthCare.gov platform or private insurance, chances are good your pocketbook will be affected.According…

How Many Women Farmers Are in Your State? By: 09/30/2015 @ 1:46pm

To celebrate and honor the contributions of women in agriculture, USDA has released a series of fact sheets detailing the impact women have on agriculture in each state and across the country. The nation-wide…

What Are Growers Saying About Harvest? By: 09/23/2015 @ 11:28am

The latest Agriculture.com poll asks, ”What is the moisture content of the corn you’re harvesting?” Of those who responded, 19% said it’s 27% or higher, 14% said 24% to 26%, 33% said 21% to 23%, 19%…

Preparing for Avian Influenza 'Worst-Case Scenario' By: 09/22/2015 @ 11:14am

The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak of winter and spring 2015 was the worst animal disease outbreak in U.S. history, affecting more than 48.8 million turkeys and chickens in 21 states, and…

U.S. Acreage Loss Less Than Expected By: 09/16/2015 @ 1:07pm

The U.S. corn and soybean farmers suffered less acreage loss than first thought, according to the Farm Service Agency Wednesday.The USDA agency announced the September 3 prevented planting numbers, including…

The Business of Making Memories By: 09/23/2014 @ 12:09pm

One tough issue most farm families face at some point is what to do with the home farm after Mom and Dad pass away. There are immediate business needs to contend with, like tending to crops and caring for…

Women in Ag: Industry Advocates By: 09/19/2014 @ 2:46pm

The Women in Ag bloggers hail from all over the country, with specialties ranging from hazelnuts to tobacco. Some are hands-on farmers, while others work behind the scenes to support the industry. The one…

Women in Ag: Getting it done this fall By: 09/12/2014 @ 3:06pm

Fall is a busy time for farmers everywhere, and the Women in Ag bloggers are no exception! Here's what they've been up to this week:Harvesting with HootBrenda Frketich, a third-generation, full-time…

Hay Combustion a 'Very Scary Reality' By: 07/23/2014 @ 9:44pm

This week, temperatures in the Midwest soared to near 100 degrees, and for the Folkerts family of Allison, Iowa, that heat led to the loss of a barnful of hay."Urging everyone to keep an eye on their…

Farm Moms Discuss Hot-Button Issues By: 05/16/2014 @ 2:23pm

This week, a group of five regional and national winners of Monsanto's "America's Farmers Mom of the Year" award visited Successful Farming magazine's headquarters in Des Moines. The moms…

FarmHer: Focusing on women in agriculture By: 05/13/2014 @ 4:41pm

Flip through the ag section of your local newspaper, and chances are you'll see photos of men in the field, livestock, and machinery. But where are the women? That's the question Marji…

Bloggers share their lives with Women in Ag By: 11/09/2013 @ 3:40pm

Women in Ag, a special project of Agriculture.com and Successful Farming, is pleased to welcome three new bloggers to the site. Through their weekly blog entries, the women will share a glimpse into how…

Finding Dave By: 09/12/2013 @ 2:23pm

A farm isn't a farm without a dog, right?Last winter, we had to have our border collie, Riley, put to sleep. She was 15 years old, and her health had just deteriorated to the point that we all agreed it…

Back 40 berry hike By: 07/12/2013 @ 8:01am

It's an amazing feeling when you find hidden treasures right under your nose, and realize they were there all along.My husband and I have lived on our little farm for almost 15 years. In that time…

Summertime: Freedom and Responsibility By: 06/22/2013 @ 10:07pm

Summer is officially underway, and that means one thing: kids need to keep their minds and bodies busy. While I certainly don't recommend scheduling and over-scheduling every moment of their week, some…

Our Easter anniversary By: 03/28/2013 @ 7:56am

Twelve years ago, I was pregnant with my first child. My husband and I had moved to our place in the country a few years before that, but we had neglected to find a church home in our new neighborhood. With…

Farmers fighting the flood By: 06/08/2011 @ 12:03pm

As the rising Missouri River closes in on the small southwest Iowa town of Hamburg, local farmers are taking matters into their own hands.On June 5, a breech or "boil" occurred in the levee along the Missouri…

Facebook informs, organizes flood victims By: 06/06/2011 @ 10:31am

As the southwest Iowa town of Hamburg braces for a flood expected to cause major damage there, residents are turning to Facebook to find -- and offer -- help.My husband grew up in Hamburg, my mother-in-law…

Thrift store treasures By: 04/05/2006 @ 7:22am

There aren't a lot of places to shop for clothing in Lemmon, South Dakota. I found this out the hard way a few summers ago when my cousin, Becca, got married there. Nearly everyone in our extended family…

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