ARTICLES BY CHERYL TEVIS
Safety and Health to Go By: 09/17/2014 @ 10:39am

Andy Winborn is ready to take ag health and safety on the road. He’s already on the move. “We’ve done safety and health research, but there’s not much money for taking programs to farmers, so we…

Protect What Matters By: 09/17/2014 @ 10:24am

Marsha Salzwedel wants fewer emails, but she needs farm families across the U.S. to help her achieve this goal.Salzwedel, the youth rural safety specialist at Marshfield (Wisconsin) Clinic Research…

Helping Rural Teens Gain Skills for a Better Future By: 09/17/2014 @ 10:18am

Today, there’s a push in several states to make more college classes available to more rural high school students.According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, half of low-income rural…

Barn Wedding By: 09/17/2014 @ 10:06am

Children are full of surprises. As my daughter, Allison, was growing up, she learned how to care for and show 4-H sheep, hogs, and cattle. She tells a good story about losing both boots in the mud while…

Business: Only YOU Can Make the Right Decision for Your Farm By: 09/12/2014 @ 1:24pm

If you feel your operation is under greater scrutiny than ever before, you might be right. In July, OSHA launched a Local Emphasis Program (LEP) on New York dairy farms. Farmers with 11 or more employees were…

It's No Act: Nebraska Family in Farmland Film By: 09/03/2014 @ 2:41pm

As harvest approaches, David Loberg is counting his blessings. “We had three hailstorms before the crop was at a critical stage,” he says. Causing further damage were 80-mph straight-line winds, but the…

Local Fare Is Family Affair By: 08/15/2014 @ 11:51am

Geneva, Illinois, was a sleepy, small town one hour west of Chicago when Wayne Srail was growing up in nearby Lisle. He began selling produce in the parking lot of his parents’ business when he was 18 years…

Vilsack: Farmers Urged to Support Sustainable Farming By: 08/06/2014 @ 7:56am

Farmers at the Resilient Agriculture Conference Wednesday at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, were urged to take steps to increase the sustainability and resilience of their operations as a hedge against…

Ag 'Still in a Good Spot' Despite Market Slide By: 07/25/2014 @ 2:41pm

“Rebound and rebuild, that’s where we’re at today,” Chad Hart, Iowa State University associate professor of economics and crop markets specialist, told farmers earlier this week at the Iowa Farm Bureau…

China’s Future Potential Up for Debate By: 07/25/2014 @ 11:11am

China was a key topic of discussion at the 2014 Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit earlier this week at Iowa State University in Ames.Twenty-one Iowa Farm Bureau members had recently returned from an 11-day…

EPA Administrator Says "Ditch the Myths" on Proposed Clean Water Rule By: 07/08/2014 @ 10:59am

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said today that her department is making a concerted effort to reach out to farmers to correct “a growing list of myths floating around” regarding the proposed Waters of the…

Business is Blooming By: 05/14/2014 @ 10:22am

You could say that Tom and Joe Goldberg grew up with the business, helping their dad, LeRoy, on the family’s 10-acre flower farm near Oxnard, California. Today, they co-own and operate Skyline Flower Growers…

Garden for Your Health By: 05/13/2014 @ 12:01pm

If you love to garden but find it increasingly difficult, there’s a bumper crop of modified strategies, equipment, and ergonomic tools today.“Arthritis can make gardening into a tougher task than…

Savor Springtime By: 05/13/2014 @ 11:53am

Spring on the farm: green grass, tulips, redbud and lilac blossoms, baby lambs, and calves. After the ninth coldest winter on record, new life on the farm and the prospects of a new growing season make us…

Farmland: New Documentary is Take One on Agriculture By: 05/12/2014 @ 9:52am

Massive storm clouds and severe weather alerts set the stage last night for the Ames, Iowa, premiere of Farmland. It was a fitting backdrop for the opening scene as David and Kris Loberg kneel and dig in the…

Untangling Health Care Reform: Part 3 By: 05/12/2014 @ 8:29am

Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual open enrollment deadline has passed, it’s time to study the options for insuring your employees under the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)…

New Documentary is Take 1 on Agriculture By: 05/09/2014 @ 4:38pm

Farmland: The New Documentary is Take 1 on Agriculture.   Massive storm clouds and severe weather alerts set the stage last night for the Ames, Iowa, premiere…

Immigration is a Tough Job Despite Ag Support By: 05/09/2014 @ 1:05pm

It’s not the life that Shaun Duvall envisioned when she moved with her husband to the scenic small town of Alma, Wisconsin, in 1980. She was looking forward to enjoying the view from their home overlooking…

Geopolitical Skirmishes Trigger Ag Chain Supply Concerns By: 04/18/2014 @ 5:45pm

As the markets opened on March 3, and the world realized that Russia had annexed Crimea, equity markets plummeted on forecasts of macroeconomic problems and falling demand. Meanwhile in Chicago, commodity…

Use Soft Science to Manage By: 03/24/2014 @ 9:52am

Fifth-generation farmers John and Nettie Rosenow met as college students. After graduating in 1972, they married and returned to the Rosenow family farm nestled in the scenic Mississippi River bluffs near…

Gain a Healthy Aptitude By: 03/16/2014 @ 10:04pm

Steve Licht tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He gets regular, year-round exercise in his livestock operation near Ayrshire, Iowa, but admits he could exercise more. The 40-year-old makes an effort to…

The Life of Pie By: 03/16/2014 @ 9:37pm

Pie is riding high. For far too long, it languished at the back of the culinary showcase, while cupcakes and other dessert crazes gained the limelight. Pie-making workshops and parties are the rage today…

Spouses, cross-train! By: 03/12/2014 @ 10:15am

As farming and raising a family become more complex and challenging, it’s not surprising that spouses divide and conquer the list of chores that need to be done. What happens when your spouse unexpectedly…

Catalog kick-starter By: 03/12/2014 @ 10:09am

Once upon a time, shopping was simply expected to be a chore. Now that it’s a recreational pastime, Americans want a convenient, seamless experience. Recently, Sears announced that its store in the heart…

Beef up grain bin safety By: 03/12/2014 @ 9:57am

Scott Haerr was surprised when OSHA inspectors arrived at his west-central Ohio farm during harvest last year.“They said they wanted to see my grain setup,” he says. “They found an air compressor…

2014 National Agriculture Day By: 03/11/2014 @ 3:53pm

Agriculture and art are a winning combination. Just ask aspiring art student Brittany Plachecki. “When I submitted my art in the National Ag Day competition, I had no expectation that I’d be a finalist,”…

Javadi: Business built on diversified ag By: 03/07/2014 @ 3:41pm

Troy and Lori Javadi began farming with very little more than a shared passion for agriculture and a strong work ethic. The Paso Robles, California, couple has managed to gain a foothold in ranching by filling…

Water Wise: Doubling down on water conservation practices By: 03/05/2014 @ 3:37pm

On a foggy, drizzly day in early February, Gary Price was grateful for a trace of moisture. “We were dry last summer,” the Blooming Grove, Texas, rancher says. “Beginning in September, we received 20…

Waste not, want not By: 02/24/2014 @ 10:32am

As a wife and mother, I typically face two divergent household food-management issues. When I open the refrigerator door, I either don’t have the necessary ingredients to make the meal that I’ve planned…

Winter reading recommendations By: 01/13/2014 @ 12:30pm

As we settle into the new year, don’t forget that you’ll need nourishment for both body and soul to weather the winter months ahead. My suggestion is to stockpile some good books and to keep your…

4 health insurance paths taken By: 01/13/2014 @ 12:12pm

Health insurance reform expands range of employment choicesCarolyn and John Sheridan are exploring their options for health insurance. Carolyn worked away from their Greenville, Iowa, farm for 36 years…

Affordable Care Act: Health Care at the Crossroads By: 01/13/2014 @ 11:59am

Leroy Hodge was devastated when he received a letter notifying him that his health insurance was being cancelled. Six months earlier, the Hamill, South Dakota, farmer had received preapproval for…

Safety shields save lives By: 01/13/2014 @ 11:30am

Over the years, Jim Bittner hasn’t been afraid to experiment with new crops or different production practices. However, when it comes to safety, the Appleton, New York, producer strives to reduce his…

Health care at the crossroads By: 01/08/2014 @ 11:39am

After six decades of debate in this country, Americans are deciding which route will lead in the direction of accessible, affordable health care insurance.Leroy Hodge was devastated when he received a letter…

Growing Resilience By: 12/18/2013 @ 12:00pm

Season’s greetings! Did you notice the holiday decorations on display before Halloween? (Never mind Thanksgiving!) Soon the Christmas cards will arrive. In 1974, a man named Phillip Kunz sent 600…

Turning a tragedy into a crusade By: 11/14/2013 @ 1:55pm

Mandy Hammes knows the statistics: The U.S. agriculture sector accounted for 475 deaths in 2012 and recorded the highest fatality rate of any industry. She looks at it from a much more personal…

Homecoming 2013! By: 11/14/2013 @ 1:50pm

All too often, a road trip down memory lane reveals the erosion of time on the rural landscape of our childhood: abandoned houses shrouded by trees and old barns standing sentinel on razed farmsteads…

Prototype Sends Rollover Alert By: 11/14/2013 @ 1:46pm

Tractor rollovers are the Achilles’ heel of agricultural safety efforts. Tractors weren’t equipped with rollover protective structures (ROPS) until 1985, and many older tractors are used to pull stumps…

Global corn acres up for grabs By: 11/06/2013 @ 11:13am

The U.S. will rebound this year, regaining the top rung of the world’s corn export ladder, but Brazil and Argentina combined will export more corn than the U.S.“In 1979, U.S. exports accounted for about…

6 macroeconomic factors to watch By: 11/06/2013 @ 11:10am

Avoiding the trap of tunnel vision in long-range strategic business and marketing plans is a perpetual challenge. It’s easy to focus only on U.S. weather conditions or on crop production issues in competing…

Can the U.S. ramp up demand? By: 11/06/2013 @ 11:04am

Dave Hommel’s crops this year were better than expected.  The Eldora, Iowa, farmer feeds about half of the corn and beans he grows to his 150-head farrow-to-finish sow herd. With heady grain prices…

Corn exports lose ground By: 11/06/2013 @ 10:57am

Strong U.S. corn exports have been losing traction. Record-high prices have created demand destruction among reliable customers. Global competitors are sharing the stage – and even being cast in lead…

Keep stored grain at peak quality By: 11/06/2013 @ 10:38am

Roy Wendte was pleasantly surprised by the 220-bushel corn yields on his Altamont, Illinois, farm. His early soybeans also were better than expected. By harvest, he was about 65% sold on corn and 75% sold on…

Top tools for first-rate market plans By: 11/06/2013 @ 10:33am

No one expected the record-breaking streak of corn and soybean prices to last forever. You know better than that. But 2014 is shaping up to be a time to hit the pause button, put current economic conditions…

Q&A: Howard G. Buffett, ag advocate By: 10/22/2013 @ 9:09am

Howard G. Buffett found his way into farming through an unlikely route. As a 5-year-old boy, he loved playing in the dirt, and he planted his first stand of corn in his backyard in Omaha, Nebraska.Farming…

Redneck Run By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:49pm

Fun runs and 5Ks are no longer rare in farm and rural areas. The upcoming Redneck Run offers a unique family fun experience with an unmistakable farm flavor.This 5K+ obstacle race takes place Saturday…

Roll out the welcome mat! By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:44pm

The high school musical is a highlight of the fall season in my farm community. Whether it’s Disco Inferno, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, or High School Musical, it always seems to showcase…

Untangling Health Care Reform: Part 2 By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:35pm

The new Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business. It’s designed to offer you affordable choices and to allow you to make side-by-side comparisons of plan costs and benefits. The employer mandate…

Safeguard the harvest By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:30pm

Photo by Roger Lugo, Times Citizen The task at hand was a routine seasonal chore for the two Iowans. The outcomes for 23-year-old Arick Baker and 30-year-old Brandon Mullen were dramatically…

Untangling health care reform By: 09/10/2013 @ 12:45pm

The individual insurance market has been dominated by one or two insurance companies in most states. That may be about to change. The new Health Insurance Marketplace (also called the Exchange) is designed to…

Cultivate safety By: 09/10/2013 @ 11:11am

More than 100 children die in farm-related incidents each year, and nearly 16,000 suffer serious injuries annually. Beyond these cold statistics are real families.The death of a child is regarded as one of…

Reap the harvest By: 09/10/2013 @ 11:02am

The two apple trees on our farm are laden with fruit. It’s a welcome sight. Last year’s unseasonably warm spring weather caused apple blossoms from New York to Michigan to emerge too early, and they…

Group makes marketing fun By: 08/19/2013 @ 10:49am

Someday Klayton Plagge can brag that he cut his teeth on crop marketing. The 2-year-old has attended an Iowa Falls, Iowa, marketing club since he was born. He can thank his mom, Val, one of the first members…

Women owning more farmland By: 08/19/2013 @ 9:21am

When Sarah Lankton opened the 2012 USDA Ag Census survey that arrived in her mailbox, a question came to her mind.Lankton, who resides in suburban Northbrook, Illinois, has never farmed or lived on a farm. But…

New Century Farmers Focus on Future Challenges By: 07/23/2013 @ 3:28pm

"It's not the bad years that get you into trouble – it's the good years," Dave Kohl told 50 FFA members selected from 150 applicants across the U.S. to participate in the 2013 New Century Farmers…

Engagement needed for farm bill passage, Vilsack says By: 07/23/2013 @ 11:24am

AMES, Iowa (Agriculture.com)--Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack launched his keynote address at the Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit in Ames on Monday with a list of USDA initiatives ranging from climate…

U.S. eyes Middle East soy market By: 06/21/2013 @ 3:37pm

Prior to the political unrest in 2011, the U.S. was exporting about 18 million bushels of soybeans to Syria. Most of the exports were whole soybeans, with small amounts of meal. That all changed, however, with…

Ukraine poised for global ag role By: 06/11/2013 @ 7:22am

Today’s announcement of the opening of DuPont Pioneer’s seed production facility in Stasi, Dykanka region, Poltava oblast, Ukraine, signals the region’s expanding stature as a growing agricultural…

Keep the Ball Rolling By: 05/21/2013 @ 12:03pm

Maintaining momentum is easy for the day-to-day chores that farmers typically tackle in a timely manner. It's no small feat when it comes to advancing the farm transition and estate planning end…

Down the Rabbit Hole By: 05/21/2013 @ 11:45am

Spring definitely had arrived in 2012. Thanks to the unusually warm days of March and April, my landscape and flower gardens were in an advanced state of readiness. I set out impatiens, as usual, by the…

Co-op Is New Health Option By: 05/21/2013 @ 11:40am

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented, key provisions are more likely to impact farmers than other Americans. "Nationally, about 36% of farmers and ranchers buy insurance as individuals,"…

Families Score With Safety By: 05/21/2013 @ 10:11am

Kassidy Harpenau is the big sister to four siblings. When it's chore time at her family's Salix, Iowa, farm, the 11-year-old knows she's responsible for making sure their animals and pets are…

From combat to crops & cows By: 05/08/2013 @ 2:38pm

When Garrett Dwyer completed his tour of duty in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2008, he wanted to reactivate his ag business skills. He attended the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, where he learned to…

Women on the grow By: 04/14/2013 @ 9:34pm

Lori Lang doesn't hesitate to try her hand at something new. That includes downhill skiing, scuba diving, ice climbing – and farming. As a high school senior at Vinton, Iowa, she rented 15 acres to…

Women Break the Mold By: 04/14/2013 @ 9:01pm

When women are asked about their success in their jobs, they most often credit their hard work, good luck, and a helping hand from others. In her new book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Google…

Recruited to Ag's Front Line By: 04/14/2013 @ 8:56pm

Recently, I was driving to a farm near Topeka, Kansas, when I saw a sign with the words, One Kansas Farmer Feeds 155 people + You. I smiled as I read it, knowing there was a Kansas Agri-Women member who…

9 top tips for a safe farm shop By: 04/05/2013 @ 9:42am

A shop is the hub of the farm, but it’s a potential safety and health hot spot. Creating a safe and healthy work space is a critical risk-management strategy.“There always are hazards where tools are used…

Home Away from Home By: 03/10/2013 @ 2:34pm

Nancy Kayton Hansen's stories about how she spent her summer vacation were a little different than the other kids in her Naperville, Illinois, school. Every year, for about six years, her parents…

Pressure Cooking By: 03/10/2013 @ 2:31pm

Ever have a song stuck inside your head? Recently I find myself humming Everything Old is New Again. Written by Peter Allen, the song was featured in the 2003 Broadway musical The Boy from Oz. The lyrics…

Crafty Getaways By: 03/10/2013 @ 2:11pm

When the thermometer dips below 0°F., there's no better coping mechanism than seeking out the warmth of kindred souls.Women's craft retreats are a hot, year-round trend. Women enjoy learning in the…

Clutter Busting 101 By: 03/10/2013 @ 2:08pm

Much has been written about the difficulty of new college graduates finding jobs. It is a serious problem. One bright side of our consumer-driven U.S. economy is that it's created demand for a new career:…

Wanted: New safety recruits By: 03/04/2013 @ 11:39am

LaMar Grafft has visited many farms where the safety risks blend into the landscape like a pair of camouflage fatigues. Grafft, a safety specialist for the Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety and Health…

Get a Leg Up on Bin Safety By: 02/28/2013 @ 9:55am

Grain handling is more than a matter of logistics and cubic feet of storage. The bottom line comes down to what best management practices are you implementing to minimize a worst-case safety risk…

Managing for continuity By: 02/14/2013 @ 10:37am

The Conants are seasoned players in the ag arena. In 2009, their Riverside Farm weathered depressed dairy prices and a family buyout, followed in 2011 by flooded crops in the wake of Hurricane Irene.Today…

Homeworth hits home run By: 02/14/2013 @ 9:43am

Thursday, July 19, was a typical day for Ed Schaefer. That changed as the Salem, Ohio, farmer was emptying a grain bin later in the day. When the auger plugged, he crawled up to loosen the corn.“I knew there…

Mark These Dates for Women in Ag Events By: 02/12/2013 @ 11:49am

Enjoy this full menu of Women in Agriculture Conference events. Midwest Women in Agriculture, February 21-22. Clarion Hotel and Conference Center; Columbus…

Tube Is New Rescue Tool By: 02/12/2013 @ 11:44am

The Winside (Nebraska) Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department has a new piece of equipment that its members hope they’ll never have to use. But if a grain entrapment does…

Ties That Bind By: 02/12/2013 @ 11:42am

Time travel is a popular topic of best-selling books and blockbuster movies, from Star Trek, to Back to the Future, to the more recent Time Traveler’s Wife. Characters go…

Reenlist in Operation FarmSafe By: 02/12/2013 @ 11:38am

Farming is a high-risk business. But many farmers develop tunnel vision when it comes to the shadowy danger zones lurking inside their farm’s perimeter. Larry and Susan Castle…

Save Your Breath By: 02/12/2013 @ 11:31am

Lowell Forristall is no stranger to the uncomfortable, and potentially chronic repercussions of agricultural airway hazards. After an incident or two, the Carson, Iowa, farmer…

Maximizing Social Media By: 02/12/2013 @ 11:26am

Above: Farmers Ron Moore (far left) and Deb Moore (far right) host Field Moms Amy Rossi, Amy Hansmann, Julie Barreda, Farrah Brown, Betsie…

Bookin’ it By: 02/12/2013 @ 11:12am

As a kid, I read anything I could get my hands on. I devoured Reader’s Digest condensed books and Zane Grey westerns. I borrowed Grandma’s copy of Gone with the Wind…

It’s a Stretch By: 02/12/2013 @ 11:07am

Planning and preparation are essential to execute critical farm operations. But few farmers ever pause to make sure their body mechanics are up to a physical task. Lincoln…

Maximizing social media By: 02/04/2013 @ 10:45am

A steady diet of unappetizing stories and Internet posts about food production has sent farmers to the test kitchen to find a new recipe for reaching consumers.The lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) food fight…

Mastering conservation By: 01/11/2013 @ 3:43pm

Farmers looking to update their résumés may soon be able to take credit for their conservation skills.The trend toward more absentee, nonoperator landowners is carving a larger role for tenants. Iowa State…

Farm grows from liability to asset By: 01/11/2013 @ 12:07pm

Change is a given, and the agricultural arena is fertile ground for it. So 20 years ago, when Doug and JoAnn Lawrence saw that their Coon Rapids, Minnesota, farm business would be forced into a tight spot by…

Crossing the finish line By: 01/09/2013 @ 10:35am

Other women can be a great source of support in achieving balance, especially when life throws you a curve ball. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. More than 207,000 women were diagnosed…

Balancing act By: 01/09/2013 @ 10:02am

A slower pace on the farm in January offers time for taking stock. Just as farmers head to the shop in winter, this may be a good month to do some personal maintenance. Almost 90% of Americans say that…

Screening Saves Lives By: 01/09/2013 @ 9:24am

Bryon Hock's friends don't bat an eye when he asks if they've had a screening for colon cancer. They'd be more surprised if he quit asking them. "I tell them if I can do it, they can do…

Temple Grandin doesn’t pull any punches By: 12/07/2012 @ 10:12am

Temple Grandin would prefer to focus on livestock. “I’d rather talk about handling swine and cattle,” the Boston-born professor of animal science at Colorado State University told members of the Iowa…

ROPS program is a lifesaver By: 12/05/2012 @ 2:12pm

Farming is a family affair. Selina Rooney, a registered dietician, along with her twin sister, Siri, works at their parents' 800-acre farm near Morrisville, Vermont.The tradition is being carried on by…

Safeguard home base By: 12/05/2012 @ 1:53pm

Norbert and Delbert Soltwedel know that farming together for 40 years takes teamwork. The Shumway, Illinois, brothers, along with their wives, Linda and Bev, raised their families across the road from each…

On-the-go chargers By: 12/05/2012 @ 1:25pm

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is a painfully fresh memory for many, and the prospect of winter storm power outages looms large for others. The need to stay connected to electronic devices – cell phones…

Harvest of Opportunity By: 11/19/2012 @ 12:07pm

Giving thanks for a plentiful harvest is a tradition dating back to the first Thanksgiving in 1621. This year's drought-ravaged harvest is likely to fall short of record yields by any historical…

Reduce pricing risk By: 11/16/2012 @ 3:11pm

Dale Hadden's 2011 growing season was marred by 21 inches of rain in June, followed by drought.The Jacksonville, Illinois, farmer had followed the fundamentals of selling between March and July, aiming to…

Corn quality control By: 11/16/2012 @ 3:00pm

The most uniform characteristic of the 2012 crop was its jaw-dropping variability.Although some farmers face major financial setbacks, most yields fell short of worst-case scenarios. But fighting downed…

Grain tug of war intensifies By: 11/16/2012 @ 1:27pm

The drought-stricken 2012 U.S. harvest ignited a blowtorch beneath simmering supply concerns.As ethanol and its coproducts surpass feed as the top use of the U.S. crop, producers of livestock, dairy, and…

Grants spur safeguards By: 11/14/2012 @ 9:57am

Christina Winch traded her life as a vo-ag instructor 11 years ago for the life of a Fennimore, Wisconsin, dairy producer. She and husband Peter grow corn and alfalfa hay and rotationally graze 180 cows on 405…

Fall grain quality control By: 10/18/2012 @ 3:21pm

The most uniform characteristic of the 2012 crop was its jaw-dropping variability.Although some farmers face major financial setbacks, most yields fell short of worst-case scenarios. But fighting downed…

Buffett drafts farmers to fight hunger By: 10/17/2012 @ 7:51am

"Farmers are in the front line against hunger," Howard G. Buffett told 600 participants today at the sixth Iowa Hunger Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. “Hunger in the U.S. Is hidden behind closed doors,” he…

Farmers talk safety risks By: 10/16/2012 @ 9:51am

Technology may help farmers minimize the ever-present dangers. Easier could mean safer. Reducing farming's top rank in occupational fatalities and injuries may seem as daunting as slowing methane gas…

Quilting a Rural Fabric By: 10/15/2012 @ 11:32am

When you open the door of the Hen & Chicks Studio in downtown Conrad, Iowa, get set to cross over the threshold into an oasis of creativity and unbridled adventure. Beyond the colorful quilt displays…

The Keepers By: 10/15/2012 @ 11:27am

Photographs capture life's fleeting moments, allowing us to stroll back in time and retrace the intersection of our past and present lives. Families forced to flee from their homes after…

Pressing on after a disability By: 10/04/2012 @ 11:02am

David Diehl was a 35-year-old rancher tending to his crops and cattle in 1991 when a virus attacked his spinal cord. The result, an autoimmune condition known as transverse myelitis, paralyzed him, making him…

The overcomers By: 10/02/2012 @ 9:45am

When Oscar Pistorius crossed the finish line in last place in the 400-meter event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, his fans were elated.Pistorius, a South African who runs on carbon fiber prosthetics, made history…

New rules impact broadband users By: 10/01/2012 @ 1:18pm

The impact of new FCC rules may cause tremors in rural communities.For some farmers and rural residents, it may mean finally gaining access to broadband. According to a U.S. Department of Commerce report…

'Pink slime' case moves forward By: 09/17/2012 @ 1:55pm

The $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit filed by Beef Products, Inc. (BPI) against ABC News may face an uphill battle.BPI, the maker of lean, finely-textured beef is suing ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer and other…

Landowner communication By: 09/05/2012 @ 3:45pm

Farmers wouldn't dream of neglecting to schedule routine machinery maintenance prior to harvest. Yet they often overlook the need to make sure their landowner relationships are firing on all cylinders.As…

This land is her land By: 09/05/2012 @ 11:34am

It's been 65 years since Irene Reynolds was her dad's chore girl on their Colo, Iowa, farm. But her memories remain untouched by time.“I was the only help Dad had,” she says. “I started out…

What's in a successful business plan? By: 07/16/2012 @ 3:59pm

Fifty young, beginning farmers gathered at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, July 8-14 to glean kernels of wisdom from a faculty of ag financial, production, and industry experts.Creating a…

Time out! By: 07/06/2012 @ 1:47pm

You're right – the work is never done. But all of the work will never be done. Isn't it time for a break? “One farmer told me he had a time-share for 30 years before he ever went there with his…

Conservation change-ups By: 07/02/2012 @ 2:43pm

More focus is shifting to landowners today, as we approach a massive changeover in land ownership that is likely to involve more non-farm heirs. Today more than 50% of the agricultural land owned in Iowa is…

Success strategy report card By: 07/02/2012 @ 2:29pm

An effective succession plan utilizes the same skill sets that farmers employed during their school days to make the honor roll. In fact, Dave Specht’s work as a family business consultant has led him to…

Generating Success: The Continuity Quotient By: 07/02/2012 @ 2:27pm

As a young boy growing up in Nebraska, Dave Specht saw how a poorly-planned farm transfer determined the success or failure of a farm business. Today, he coordinates family business programs in The Center for…

Hollywood & the farm By: 06/26/2012 @ 1:14pm

Farmers, ranchers, ag economists, and food advocates took center stage recently at the U. S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Dialogue in Hollywood, California. There was no shortage of dialogue when panelists…

Families step up safety effort By: 05/03/2012 @ 3:59pm

Spring is a fun time for Karter Knipper. The 2½-year-old loves to shed his winter coat and mittens and play outside. As the pace of spring planting picks up, he's excited to see and hear the roar of farm…

Skin in the game By: 05/03/2012 @ 2:36pm

Here comes the sun! Farmers welcome that yellow orb in the spring sky after months of enduring Old Man Winter's stingy dose of daylight hours.But more than 1.2 million new cases of skin cancer are…

Reinvesting in the future By: 05/03/2012 @ 2:20pm

The Zimdars family has farmed near Ripon, Wisconsin, for five generations. Like most dairy producers, David and his wife, Audrey, have had both good and bad years. Today their most valuable crop is reaching…

No middle ground on youth farm labor By: 05/01/2012 @ 3:54pm

Government, farm organizations, safety advocates, and legislators share blame for failure to update safeguards for young teens hired to work on farms.Many farm groups and farmers welcomed the news last week…

A farewell to Farmer By: 03/30/2012 @ 2:17pm

Say it isn't so! That's how longtime readers of Val Farmer's weekly syndicated "Family Life" newspaper column reacted when he recently announced his retirement. For the past 28 years…

April is the cruelest month By: 03/30/2012 @ 2:01pm

Is April the cruelest month? American poet T.S. Eliot thought so. If you were a high school student the last time you read his words, spring fever may have distracted you from the source of the Missouri-born…

Wanted: New Safety Recruits By: 03/29/2012 @ 4:40pm

LaMar Grafft knows that farming is a high-risk business. Grafft, a former farmer, knows it’s easy to underestimate the shadowy danger zone lurking in a farm’s perimeter. Over the past decade as a…

Work smarter, not harder! By: 03/16/2012 @ 12:16pm

Farmers need to adapt strategies for reducing work-related wear and tear and for maintaining safety. Recognize the man pictured here? Does he remind you of your dad? Your husband? Your brother? Maybe…

Keeping kids safe By: 03/16/2012 @ 12:01pm

Marilyn Adams still recalls the beauty of the sunrise she saw from her kitchen window on October 15, 1986. She never imagined that 24 hours later, she would watch the dawn of a new day from the window of a…

Kids cook up new skills By: 03/05/2012 @ 2:45pm

When you're living in a college dorm for the first time, the next best thing to eating comfort food is talking about it.My younger daughter, Alexa, and her dorm friends have been teaming up to cook a few…

Attacking ag's danger zone By: 03/05/2012 @ 2:32pm

Phil Winborn has farmed long enough to earn ag veteran's benefits. At 66, the Kalona, Iowa, farmer is the beneficiary of phenomenal advances in production and technology that have transformed the business…

1st Course Whets Appetites By: 03/05/2012 @ 12:40pm

Cooperative Extension set out in the early 1900s to teach women on farms how to use domestic science to improve their lives and the nutrition of their families. By the mid-1960s, many…

E-books catch on By: 03/05/2012 @ 11:50am

E-readers are no longer a novelty. The growth in products, in tandem with sizeable price drops, caused sales to surge over the holidays. You can buy a basic dedicated e-reader at Best Buy, Walmart, or online…

Is your behavior making you sick? By: 02/20/2012 @ 12:01pm

If someone asks why you became a farmer, you may say, “Farming is in my blood.” If so, you may not be too far off the mark. Psychologist Michael Rosmann says the drive to farm may be linked to a…

Ag on the menu By: 02/20/2012 @ 11:46am

More consumers today are going online to enjoy hearty servings of kitchen-table conversations. They’re asking questions like, “What’s safe and healthy? How do food labels relate to the health of my…

What women need to know about heart disease By: 02/20/2012 @ 9:08am

There’s more to women’s health than the anatomy that makes them female. Recent studies reveal that the same diseases affect men and women differently. Genes, hormones, and lifestyles play a role.For…

Plug the rural brain drain By: 02/16/2012 @ 2:59pm

Winter is a great time to curl up with a good book. This past year, individuals in 15 rural South Dakota communities have been focused on the same page.These South Dakota communities are part of the Great…

Lungs for life By: 02/16/2012 @ 2:47pm

Farmers regularly encounter an array of hazards that trigger respiratory problems. The list includes dusts, biological particles, pesticides/chemicals, and toxic gases. “Compared to other occupations…

Agriculture's promised land? By: 02/16/2012 @ 11:16am

Selling a farm doesn't often stir public controversy beyond the local coffee shop. But what if the farm is part of your land-grant university? Recently, 10,000 people joined a grassroots campaign…

Ag on the menu By: 01/31/2012 @ 10:02am

More consumers today are going online to enjoy hearty servings of kitchen-table conversations. They're asking questions like, “What's safe and healthy? How do food labels relate to the health of my…

Grooming the future By: 01/30/2012 @ 2:41pm

Andy Rynsburger always knew he'd follow in his family's dairy tradition. “I enjoy being around cows and working outside,” he says. “There's always a new challenge, and I like that.”Andy…

Is your behavior making you sick? By: 01/30/2012 @ 2:37pm

If someone asks why you became a farmer, you may say, “Farming is in my blood.” If so, you may not be too far off the mark. Psychologist Michael Rosmann says the drive to farm may be linked to a cluster of…

Sizing it up By: 01/12/2012 @ 11:19am

Ken Kunz says that life is good. He's content to be on the home farm near Elmwood, Nebraska, where he and his wife, Chris, are raising their two children.He's grateful for last year's ample…

Dear John for Rural P.O.s By: 01/11/2012 @ 1:58pm

There it was on the bulletin board – right next to the ham ball supper poster, just below the lost dog flyer, and beside the missing persons bulletin: Notice of Proposed Closure.The post office in Pilot…

Low-impact ag By: 01/11/2012 @ 10:56am

Composer Eubie Blake once said, “If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.” Blake played and recorded ragtime music until shortly before his death at the…

Dairy duo By: 01/11/2012 @ 10:52am

Rick and Gwen Dado dated briefly in high school before splitting up. They were juniors at University of Wisconsin-River Falls and serving as state FFA officers when Rick used the winnings of a dorm cribbage…

High-tech workout tools By: 12/06/2011 @ 2:43pm

Farming isn't the high-intensity, aerobic workout characterized by the daily chores of earlier generations of farmers.If you're like the majority of farmers today, you'll have to create your own…

Meals to go By: 12/06/2011 @ 2:00pm

I grew up in an Iowa where our family was blessed with a similar income and lifestyle as our neighbors: No one had much. We were farm kids, and our town friends weren't much better off.A few kids were…

Rural road survival skills By: 12/06/2011 @ 10:56am

George Hebl has spent 17 years fine-tuning his defensive driving skills.The Solon, Iowa, farmer says, “I've had a school bus pass me in a no-passing zone. One time a vehicle passed me when I was driving…

Payroll software pays off By: 12/06/2011 @ 10:42am

Processing payroll is an increasingly complex task in a farm business. Computerized software is a basic tool for paying employees and filing taxes. Payroll data also is becoming a critical resource in business…

Family farm team By: 12/06/2011 @ 10:19am

When the Johnsons are running against the clock, the game plan for their Floyd, Iowa, farm doesn't rely on one person to call the shots.“We work together and try to make sure that any of us can step in…

Website hosts and builders By: 12/06/2011 @ 10:13am

Wes Knepp needed a website to showcase his Shorthorn show cattle. The 20-year-old farms with parents, David and Lisa, near Plymouth, Indiana.“We set it up with a friend's help,” he says. “Our photos…

Managing market scenarios By: 11/17/2011 @ 2:53pm

For many farmers like Roy Wendte, 2011 has been the best of times and the worst of times. Commodity prices generally have maintained lofty peaks, but volatility was part and parcel of these higher…

Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk By: 11/14/2011 @ 11:34am

Family can be a powerful foundation of a business. But more is needed if you plan to pass on the family operation beyond the second generation.Five generations of Humms have farmed near…

Putting the farm business plan first By: 11/01/2011 @ 3:30pm

They set their GPS for Des Moines, Iowa, mapping diverse routes from family farms in Washington, Texas, and 10 other states, to converge at a singular destination: the 2011 Generating Success…

Healthy ears By: 11/01/2011 @ 10:28am

It's no secret why farmers suffer a high rate of noise-induced hearing loss. “They don't use hearing protection enough to be effective,” says Marjorie McCullagh, University of Michigan assistant…

Long-range succession plans By: 11/01/2011 @ 10:12am

Family can be a powerful foundation of a business. But more is needed if you plan to pass on the family operation beyond the second generation.Five generations of Humms have farmed near Breckenridge, Michigan…

Managing for success By: 11/01/2011 @ 9:13am

Maurice and Steve Grogan live the good life: raising quality cattle and caring for the land, while enjoying easy access to fine hunting and fishing. And the father and son manage to do it all within the shadow…

4-H, DuPont partner in rural Africa By: 10/17/2011 @ 10:46am

The National 4-H Council and DuPont announced a partnership at the World Food Prize Symposium to strengthen youth development in rural African communities. A $2 million initiative over the next two years will…

Rural girls linchpins to food security By: 10/17/2011 @ 10:44am

“If you want to change the world, invest in an adolescent girl.” It’s the thesis statement of Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies, a 147-page report released just prior to the World Food Prize…

Riders go rural route By: 09/30/2011 @ 1:17pm

What would you do if 10,000 guests from across the U.S. and around the world arrived on your doorstep for an hour or possibly overnight?Iowa communities of all sizes met the challenge once again this summer…

Broadband hits a hurdle By: 09/30/2011 @ 11:19am

A battle is brewing over rural broadband. Few disagree that rural areas are underserved or would gain from broadband access in education, telemedicine, economic development, and civic involvement.“It's…

Team Toay By: 09/30/2011 @ 10:44am

The Toays could write a playbook on the art of how to work hand in glove. Dan, 42, and Jim, 74, are two generations of a Dodgeville, Wisconsin, family farm tradition dating back over 152 years.“They work so…

Gifting may make cents By: 09/30/2011 @ 9:37am

It was good news last December when Congress passed a generous estate tax exemption. The bad news was that the gift was only a temporary extension, set to expire again December 31, 2012.This lack of permanency…

Avoid estate tax traps By: 09/19/2011 @ 3:11pm

Myron Friesen has seen the fallout when families fail to pave the way to a smooth transition with a well-designed plan. Friesen, who grew up on a Minnesota farm, co-owns Farm Financial Strategies, Inc., Osage…

Trapped By: 09/19/2011 @ 2:50pm

Bill Fortin says his memory of that day six years ago is “like it happened yesterday.” The Danville, Iowa, farmer lay face down in the gravel outside the hog barn, unable to lift his head.“I was vividly…

Ag's untimely harvest By: 08/31/2011 @ 2:37pm

During National Farm Safety and Health Week September 18-24, there's cause for celebration regarding agriculture's most precious crop: children. But there's no reason for complacency.In 1987…

Avoid estate tax traps By: 08/31/2011 @ 2:12pm

Myron Friesen has seen the fallout when families fail to pave the way to a smooth transition with a well-designed plan. Friesen, who grew up on a Minnesota farm, co-owns Farm Financial Strategies, Inc., Osage…

Let's eat! By: 08/31/2011 @ 2:04pm

Alice Lauritzen farms near Weeping Water, Nebraska, with her husband, Ken. During planting and harvesting, you'll find her working side by side with him. But when it's mealtime, she takes charge…

Trapped By: 08/30/2011 @ 4:11pm

Bill Fortin says his memory of that day six years ago is “like it happened yesterday.” The Danville, Iowa, farmer lay face down in the gravel outside the hog barn, unable to lift his head.“I was vividly…

Youth make the case for ag By: 08/30/2011 @ 3:07pm

Kelli Fulkerson is an energetic and outgoing college student who lives and breathes agriculture. The 20-year-old Union City, Michigan, native enjoys connecting with nonfarmers, especially children and other…

Do less in the garden By: 08/07/2011 @ 6:14pm

If you wonder what should be done in the garden during the month of August, Louisiana State University horticulturist Dan Gill has a standard response: “As little as possible,” he advises.Instead…

Maintaining the momentum By: 08/07/2011 @ 6:06pm

Peer support is a powerful influence, especially when it comes to health. Studies show that maintaining motivation and consistency is easier if your buddies also value healthy activities and lifestyles.Jim…

Farm families post safety gains By: 08/07/2011 @ 5:59pm

Kimberly and Mark Oldfather knew they had their work cut out for them when they moved with their young family into an older brick farmhouse near North Manchester, Indiana, three years ago.The…

Teachers: The apples of this pupil's eye By: 07/28/2011 @ 1:43pm

My eighth-grade English teacher, Mrs. Kuhler, had bright blue eyes, a peaches-and-cream complexion, snowy-white hair, and a regal bearing. She reigned over my homeroom class with stately poise and…

Putting road safety on a fast track By: 07/28/2011 @ 1:31pm

Daryl Hodel was towing a large wagon behind his tractor on U.S. 24 near El Paso, Illinois, in the fall of 2008. His wife, Deb, followed him in a pickup.As he reached the field a half mile down the road, Hodel…

Ohio team gains rescue training By: 07/28/2011 @ 10:34am

Ask Albert Johnston and he'll tell you that it pays to read Successful Farming magazine. He opened his October 2010 issue and read about an opportunity for a free grain bin extrication training and rescue…

Ask me, I'm a farmer By: 07/27/2011 @ 11:18am

If you've ever doubted that farming could be the life of the party, you've never visited Lapeer County, Michigan. Consider booking your next trip there in March, during National Agriculture Week, and…

New Global Partnership to End Hunger By: 06/12/2011 @ 6:15pm

Elanco and Heifer International have announced a new partnership to end hunger for 100,000 families across the globe."Today, one in six people globally are hungry," said Jeff Simmons, Elanco president and…

New Council Will Focus on Rural Jobs, Growth By: 06/12/2011 @ 5:52pm

Although rural America's economy outpaced its urban counterpart in 2010, weather-related disasters in 2011 may stall the recovery. A new White House Rural Council was announced last week to help meet…

Look, Mom, you're an empty nester By: 05/23/2011 @ 12:09pm

All eyes have been riveted upon an 80-foot-high perch in a cottonwood tree near the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa. Thanks to live video streaming, people from 130 countries have visited the nest of two…

Rx for retrofits By: 05/05/2011 @ 9:15am

Lynn Hageman doesn't complain about his to-do list when he gets out of bed each morning. That's because the Calmar, Iowa, farmer recently gained a new appreciation for life.In November 2009, Hageman…

What's your baseline number? By: 05/04/2011 @ 3:00pm

When Phil Jahde entered his farm shop eight years ago, he didn't realize that his brother-in-law was calibrating the SmartBoxes filled with corn insecticide.A few hours later, he was having trouble…

Starting from scratch By: 05/04/2011 @ 11:12am

Nick Echard grew up in town, but he loved helping his grandparents and uncles on their farms. During high school, he worked for local livestock farmers.He dreamed of farming, but he felt it was out of his…

What's for lunch? By: 04/15/2011 @ 8:34am

School lunches haven't been getting a good report card. Studies show that kids get about one third of their calories at school.That percentage needs to decline, advises USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. "The…

Mom liked you best! By: 04/05/2011 @ 2:35pm

Five lines in my daughter's public address speech tug at my heartstrings. The selection, called Kurt Vonnegut's Commencement Address at MIT, mixes offbeat and genuine advice.“Get to know your…

Farming is in their genes By: 04/05/2011 @ 2:27pm

If you're looking for Charlie Pitigliano, you can catch up with him and his three sons tomorrow at the farm office about 6:30 a.m.“We talk about what needs to be done to cover our equipment and labor…

Lifesavers By: 04/05/2011 @ 1:44pm

As farmers head back to the field, an all-consuming push to plant may prepare the seedbed for a new crop of medical emergencies.Farming consistently ranks as one of the most hazardous U.S. occupations. When a…

Finding common ground By: 04/05/2011 @ 10:26am

It's Saturday morning and Suzanne Shirbroun is at the grocery store –again. Today, instead of scanning a shopping list for husband Joe and their three sons, the Farmersburg, Iowa, farmer is scanning the…

Hub of the home By: 03/17/2011 @ 8:53am

On cold winter days, you may spend cozy hours in the kitchen, searching for your favorite rib-sticking recipes, or just warding off the chill with fresh refills of coffee.Or maybe you escape winter's…

Niche pork partners By: 03/16/2011 @ 10:08am

When Bob Uphoff joined his dad on the Madison, Wisconsin, farm in 1974, he was the fourth generation to raise hogs there since 1866.But he and his dad positioned their new business partnership for the future…

Gotta run By: 03/15/2011 @ 3:16pm

A lofty experience in the Colorado mountains in 2004 brought Jim Cooper back down to earth.“Hiking would have been a lot more fun if I had been in better shape,” he says.A 2003 four-wheeler injury…

Annie's Project Hits Its Stride By: 03/15/2011 @ 10:56am

Annie's Project, a series of workshops to help women farm business partners build management skills, has grown from an Illinois program launched in 2003 to 28 states. In 2008, it gained an expanded role…

Stop! Leave Me Out of It! By: 03/15/2011 @ 10:49am

Some days it seems that everyone comes to you when help is needed. The cows are out, the tractor is stuck, the 4-H fair livestock forms are missing, and there's a website you need to access to retrieve…

Farmers recognized for providing food safety net By: 03/15/2011 @ 10:44am

National Agriculture Week is prime time to get out the word about the vital role that American farmers play in U.S. food security and around the world. This year's theme is "American Agriculture: Your…

Bottom-Line Business By: 03/15/2011 @ 10:29am

Lynn and Ed Lambert often start their day headed in opposite directions. But despite their busy schedules and the one-hour time zone separating their workdays, the North Judson, Indiana, farm couple share a…

New Food Dollar Reveals Farmers' Small Share By: 03/15/2011 @ 10:21am

The American farmers' share of the food dollar is shrinking. A recently released report by USDA states that only 11.6% of every dollar spent on food goes to the farmer.USDA issues a food dollar series to…

Don't Hold Your Breath By: 03/15/2011 @ 10:20am

Craig Woodford can count on a physical workout when he empties grain bins. Recently, the 59-year-old Greenville, Iowa, farmer had a lung function screening to see if his lungs were up to the job."The test was…

Stay safe and sound By: 03/02/2011 @ 11:30am

Covering the basesDuring the off-season, you're likely to find Ray Boswell busy with machinery maintenance and repairs. “It saves downtime in the long haul,” he says.Earlier this winter, the Selma…

A healthy game plan By: 03/02/2011 @ 10:07am

Think of it as spring training. You're a member of the farm team, and you have eight weeks until the season opener (also known as planting). Here's your game plan:• Work out weekly for 150 minutes…

Stop! Leave me out of it! By: 02/28/2011 @ 2:36pm

Some days it seems that everyone comes to you when help is needed. The cows are out, the tractor is stuck, the 4-H fair livestock forms are missing, and there's a website you need to access to retrieve…

Paying it forward By: 02/28/2011 @ 2:30pm

The secluded county road off Route 111 leads through a wooded landscape punctuated by gently rolling green pastures. It's easy to see how the verdant splendor of this countryside 5 miles from Canada earns…

Generating success! By: 02/28/2011 @ 11:23am

Nothing beats the experience of face-to-face interaction and learning in an exciting, resource-packed venue with other farm families.If you're ready to address the decisions facing your family business…

Head of the class By: 02/28/2011 @ 11:15am

Financial management isn't something farmers can master in school and then simply rest on their laurels. Owning and operating a small business requires continuing education.That's why Janet and Jerry…

Don't hold your breath By: 02/28/2011 @ 10:17am

Craig Woodford can count on a physical workout when he empties grain bins. Recently, the 59-year-old Greenville, Iowa, farmer had a lung function screening to see if his lungs were up to the job.“The test…

Bottom-line business By: 02/28/2011 @ 10:12am

Lynn and Ed Lambert often start their day headed in opposite directions. But despite their busy schedules and the one-hour time zone separating their workdays, the North Judson, Indiana, farm couple share a…

Prairie Partners By: 02/18/2011 @ 12:12pm

Seven years ago, after a long, hot day of moving irrigation systems, Brad and Monica Anderson ducked into the office in their farm shop to get a drink of water and to cool off.At the time, the St. Cloud…

Take the Long Road Home By: 02/18/2011 @ 10:18am

As long as there are families, young people will leave home. But we all know that many high school seniors rushing to apply to college this month won't be in the same rush to return after graduation…

Farm Preps This Pro By: 02/18/2011 @ 9:47am

Carl Foemmel has never shied away from the heavy lifting. "I've always had excellent strength," says the fourth-generation farmer from Chile, Wisconsin."When I was young, I never watched TV. I purchased a…

A salty conversation By: 02/14/2011 @ 1:54pm

When the topic of food comes up, Lindsey DeWall knows all too well that the spice of life is not salt. As a registered dietician at the Spencer Hospital in Spencer, Iowa, she says farmers, like many…

Talk about food issues By: 02/14/2011 @ 11:12am

I’ve been urging farmers for three decades to make food issues a main entree on the communications menu.“The importance of people in agriculture communicating their own message can’t be…

Precision partnership By: 02/14/2011 @ 10:56am

Brent Johnson is a farmer at heart. While earning a degree in agronomy at Iowa State University, he daydreamed about planting corn. Later, working at an ag co-op, he imagined a future raising cattle and…

Take the long road home By: 01/26/2011 @ 10:31am

As long as there are families, young people will leave home. But we all know that many high school seniors rushing to apply to college this month won’t be in the same rush to return after graduation…

Farm preps this pro By: 01/26/2011 @ 10:21am

Carl Foemmel has never shied away from the heavy lifting. “I’ve always had excellent strength,” says the fourth-generation farmer from Chile, Wisconsin.“When I was young, I never watched TV. I…

A first-rate farm business By: 01/26/2011 @ 9:46am

Bryan Kirkpatrick couldn’t wait to go back home to farm. “I was sitting in a History of Western Civilization class, and all I could think about was how I wanted to be planting corn and beans,” he…

Prairie partners By: 01/25/2011 @ 2:49pm

Seven years ago, after a long, hot day of moving irrigation systems, Brad and Monica Anderson ducked into the office in their farm shop to get a drink of water and to cool off.At the time, the St…

Women play lead role in global food fight By: 01/13/2011 @ 4:29pm

In most American homes, women shop for and prepare the food that feeds their families. No easy task on a farm when time is short and seasonal work crowds out mealtimes.But it doesn't compare to the…

Hands-only CPR is a lifesaver By: 01/12/2011 @ 2:40pm

Dan Neenan is a medical paramedic. He knows that when people call 911 to report a medical emergency, time stands still while they wait for help.“Three to four minutes is an eternity,” he says.Nearly…

Women play lead role in global food fight By: 01/12/2011 @ 2:32pm

In most American homes, women shop for and prepare the food that feeds their families. No easy task on a farm when time is short and seasonal work crowds out mealtimes.But it doesn’t compare to the…

Profit manager expands tool kit By: 01/12/2011 @ 1:58pm

Chris Barron needed a better handle on pinpointing his costs and maximizing profits.Barron, who farms near Rowley, Iowa, knew that managing costs was a key factor in achieving profits.“I was looking…

Young hands grow global green thumbs By: 01/11/2011 @ 3:06pm

In underdeveloped countries, it’s not unusual for children to tend and harvest crops. More than 1 billion people are chronically hungry; 70% of these people are rural.But it’s a head-turning sight…

Ag tag team By: 01/11/2011 @ 3:00pm

Their corn and soybeans were nearly in the bin when John Ryan and his sons – Shawn, 43, and Tom, 35 – took time out for a postharvest huddle. The Springfield, Minnesota, farmers reviewed the past…

Too sweet By: 12/17/2010 @ 11:02am

Bud Myers always assumed his good heredity and physical farmwork would keep him healthy and fit. But three years ago, his daughter noticed he was short of breath."My daughter's a nurse," he says. "She…

Consider a gift of grain to 4-H By: 12/17/2010 @ 8:07am

You can't wrap it up and put it under the Christmas tree, but gifts of grain are a direct way for farmers to show their support for the 4-H program.As budgets have been cut, Extension and 4-H programs in…

A growing experience By: 12/16/2010 @ 8:55pm

At some moment during this holiday season, you may sense that the message of conspicuous consumption is drowning out the spirit of Christmas.In fact, you may fear that your children are self-absorbed…

4 reason to own an external hard drive By: 12/15/2010 @ 10:45am

It’s a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when your computer is unresponsive – no matter what you do. It typically occurs before a 4-H record book deadline or tax appointment.If it has ever…

An apple a day: 101 By: 12/15/2010 @ 9:31am

Apple-picking time at Minnetonka Orchard is a rite of autumn for families looking forward to a weekend getaway from the 2.5 million residents who live and work nearby in Minnesota’s Twin…

Consider a gift of grain By: 11/11/2010 @ 2:49pm

You can’t wrap it up and put it under the Christmas tree, but gifts of grain are a direct way for farmers to show their support for the 4-H program. As budgets have been cut, Extension and 4-H programs…

Ticked Off With Lyme Disease By: 11/09/2010 @ 12:09pm

Carolyn Sheridan's family isn't surprised when she brings her work home. In fact, her husband, John, a Greenville, Iowa, farmer, and their children sometimes encourage her to do it.Sheridan's…

Culinary Half-Pints By: 11/09/2010 @ 11:20am

The kitchen is the hub of the Hadden home. "The table is where everything happens," Carolyn Hadden says.But in millions of American homes today, the kitchen table may be simply for show.The Haddens are…

Beating West Nile Virus By: 10/14/2010 @ 3:04pm

Bryan Kroeker wasn't going to let the flu get him down. So after the July 2007 wheat harvest, the 48-year-old tried to ignore his mild symptoms."They didn't go away," the Grant, Nebraska, farmer…

Changing Faces In Agriculture By: 10/14/2010 @ 12:04pm

Krista Lottinville and Samantha Werner have their sights set on agri culture. The two University of Illinois seniors were one step ahead of the other 126 participants at the first annual Women Changing The…

New Alzheimer's Test Is Accurate By: 10/14/2010 @ 11:51am

A new study in the Annals of Neurology suggests that a spinal tap can detect a biomarker signal­ing Alzheimer's before any symptoms appear. Today Alzheimer's is only posi­tively confirmed…

Who Will Rescue Rural America? By: 10/14/2010 @ 11:46am

Volunteers are the life­blood of rural America. Nationally, 72% of fire departments are all volun­teers. It's even higher in rural states. Many, like Lynn Kirschbaum, Glen Haven, Wisconsin…

Grain bin safety: Training, awareness is key By: 09/24/2010 @ 3:57pm

On a hot, humid July day in Glen Haven, Wisconsin, fire department volunteers trained for an unprecedented emergency: a grain bin extrication.Just two hours to the south, the Lanark, Illinois, fire department…

Training, awareness key to grain bin safety By: 09/24/2010 @ 11:20am

On a hot, humid July day in Glen Haven, Wisconsin, fire department volunteers trained for an unprecedented emergency: a grain bin extrication.Just two hours to the south, the Lanark, Illinois, fire department…

Don't Let Safety Lapse Sideline You By: 09/22/2010 @ 2:49pm

After six months of sitting on the sidelines, David Stoner is back in the combine. The 62-year-old Mt. Vernon, Iowa, farmer knows that he is lucky to be alive.  Stoner was loading corn out of the…

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