Agriculture Online - Farm Family Successful Farming articles for farm families, including features on farm safety, rural health, and favorite farm family recipes. Read new features on innovative farm families finding new ways to thrive in farm business, updates on education, and articles on young and beginning farmers. en-us Copyright Successful Farming Thursday Apr 17 20:30:39 EDT 2014 150 30 30 'Another one of those years' in Corn Time? The Corn Time folks are already starting to wonder if it's going to be a tough go this year! Tuesday Apr 15 08:40:31 EDT 2014 Spring FINALLY Rolls Around in Corn Time! After a whale of a winter, the Corn Time folks are ready for spring...or are they? Monday Mar 17 15:07:27 EDT 2014 Winter Wears Out Its Welcome in Corn Time Even the Corn Time folks are tired of Old Man Winter! Thursday Feb 20 09:52:41 EST 2014 Get Your Kicks in Corn Time! Wednesday Jan 15 16:36:44 EST 2014 The Holidays hit Corn Time The busy holiday season has the Corn Time folks hoppin'! Monday Nov 25 09:01:28 EST 2013 9 timely tips for your lawn and garden Here are 9 timely tips for your lawn and garden from readers just like you. Friday Apr 15 16:30:17 EDT 2011 Farmers for the Future: Financial challenge leads to a firm foundation Thursday Sep 09 15:09:00 EDT 2010 Ag Entrepreneur: Gradual growth gives a foothold Thursday Sep 02 10:40:32 EDT 2010 Farmers for the Future: Purpose-driven farming The Moody family processes and markets sheep, cattle and chickens through a slaughter plant and three thriving retail stores in central Indiana that they own. They're set to add a fourth retail Moody's Butcher Shop in West Clay, an upscale suburb of Indian Tuesday Mar 30 13:26:00 EDT 2010 Ag Entrepreneur: February 2010 In a time when many aspiring farmers find it difficult to get into agriculture, 25-year-old Jason Frerichs uses imagination and determination to carve himself a niche. Tuesday Feb 09 13:45:00 EST 2010 Balsam Farms thrives in Long Island's high-rent Hamptons Long Island's eastern tip is 100 miles from New York City's crowds, but it still seems an unlikely place to start farming from scratch. With sand beaches and colonial-era towns, it draws so many of the rich and famous that Alex Balsam calls it Hollywood Ea Tuesday Feb 09 13:19:00 EST 2010 Ag Entrepreneur Wednesday Feb 03 10:34:00 EST 2010 Working together, growing separately While the Bolay family has never been able to depend on the weather, they have always been able to depend on each other. Even so, getting started in farming has never been easy for family members. Tuesday Jan 26 15:28:00 EST 2010 Invest in your roots From a young age, Brad Lumpkins, 29, knew his future included being a part of the farm. When he graduated from high school in 1998, it was no surprise he wanted to farm with his father. More than a decade later, his role has evolved into a manager who is r Friday Dec 11 13:40:00 EST 2009 Fresh off the network: December 2009 Adam White works all aspects of the farm to help keep on top of inputs. Friday Dec 11 09:17:00 EST 2009 Fresh off the network: November 2009 Communication, hard work, and excellent records are the building blocks of Rachel Fishback's family farm in eastern Iowa. Tuesday Nov 03 16:30:00 EST 2009 Farmers for the Future: November 2009 Growing up in a family of six farm kids near Salix, Iowa, Greg Jochum and his sister, Deb, learned the value of teamwork. Today, they've formed a farm team with their parents, Leo and Bev, and their spouses. Greg, 35, worked for an agronomy company before Tuesday Nov 03 13:28:00 EST 2009 Time-tested transition When Ryan Keller, 32, decided to join his family's dairy operation near Richland Center, Wisconsin, he and his parents, Gordon and Marsha Keller, spent little time wondering what transitional process would best work him into the business. Ryan would gain o Monday Oct 19 14:20:00 EDT 2009 Farmers for the Future: Generation gap Two generations of Shivers look at their future in farming through different lenses. At 34, Keith is at the beginning of his career, while Louis, 62, is nearing the end of his time in agriculture. Traveling down separate paths, the father and son always kn Wednesday Sep 02 09:46:00 EDT 2009 Vision becomes reality In 2002, Erik Jennewein returned to Münchweiler, Germany (two hours southwest of Frankfurt), to join the family's farming operation. As the fourth generation to oversee the land, this young man's ties to the Thunder Mountain region of his homeland began i Wednesday Jul 29 12:47:00 EDT 2009 Fresh off the network: August 2009 Tiffany Nichols has no problem being a female in a male-dominant occupation. "I really don't see a major difference in the way I'm treated being female other than having guys look at me funny because I can lift more than them," she says. "In the dairy indu Tuesday Jul 28 15:40:00 EDT 2009 Fresh off the network: May-June 2009 Farmers for the Future social network member Anthony Adams wears several hats each day. He goes from his farming operation, to running his custom harvesting crew, and then back to his trucking business, which handles short transfers to local elevators. Tuesday May 12 11:17:00 EDT 2009 Continuing a family tradition Stretch your imagination a bit and you can think of the Dean farming operation as an interstate highway. When one family member signals an intention to move to the slow lane or to head down an exit ramp, another family member heads up an entrance ramp or m Tuesday May 12 11:01:00 EDT 2009 An extra effort At the Farmers for the Future Conference dinner held last February near St. Louis, the 200 people who heard keynote speaker Bob Dickey knew he is the president of the National Corn Growers Association. By the time Dickey was done sharing some ideas with th Monday Apr 27 15:24:00 EDT 2009 Fresh off the networkApril 2009 Shane Nolan started out with just a 40-hp. tractor and 10 acres of land to farm. This earned him the nickname Micro Farmer from his peers who have much larger operations. With the help of his father and his neighbor, Danny, Nolan expanded his operation to Friday Apr 24 14:11:00 EDT 2009 Faith of a father As children grow, they experience many firsts -- their first word, their first step, their first day of school. But for Willie Agner Jr., the most memorable first for him was purchasing his very own tractor. Tuesday Apr 14 09:13:00 EDT 2009 Fresh off the Network Farmers for the Future network member Michael Thompson was only 5 years old when his grandfather gave him some good advice: "If you want to farm, start saving for the future." Monday Mar 16 15:33:00 EDT 2009 Self-reliance keys success More than 1,000 miles, major mountain ranges, and several rivers separated Ryan and Hope Pjesky as youngsters. Their differences, though, are merely geographic. Their upbringings -- rooted in self-reliance -- mirrored each other. Monday Mar 16 13:03:00 EDT 2009 Partnership for the future Functioning within multigenerational family businesses can pose challenges. But the McNeelys' history tells their successful track record in dealing with these. Wednesday Mar 04 10:21:00 EST 2009 Transition trade-offs By American standards, Erich Decker is sitting pretty. The 23-year-old Austrian farmer is poised to take over his family's seven-generation farm entirely by the time he's 40. And while he may seem young and his future is set, the transition has stipulation Wednesday Feb 11 07:58:00 EST 2009