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Across the Editor's Desk: Humble beginnings

10/01/2012 @ 10:14am

What a great message. These words come from Rob Mensing, a college student and farmer from Greenfield, Iowa. Mensing is one of 50 bright and smart members of the 2012 class of New Century Farmers, a conference by the National FFA Foundation and sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Case IH, CSX Corporation, and Farm Credit.

I had the privilege of attending a banquet recognizing all 50 of these inspiring members of this industry. Several students gave speeches that spoke to the heart and soul of farming. They were quite eloquent about its future. Our future.

I was awestruck, to be honest.

One of their tasks during a weeklong immersion was to create a statement of their own personal vision – what they wanted their farm operations to look like and their lives to become. At the banquet, the speakers expressed visions of success in many ways: farm, family, faith, and a greater purpose to help the world.

As Mensing said so well, it was humbling.

I am proud to be the eighth editor to steward Successful Farming magazine, now marking its 110th anniversary.

Big shoes to fill

His words resonate with me, as I humbly take the reins of the Successful Farming franchise from Editor in Chief Loren Kruse. After 23 years leading this magazine (and 36 years on the staff), Kruse is well known as the steward of this publication, the Agriculture.com website, the Successful Farming Machinery Show on RFD-TV, and much more. I have some very big shoes to fill.

Kruse's face may not grace the pages of “Across the Editor's Desk” going forward, but his legacy will live on through the quality of the editorial leadership and the incredible staff he has assembled. It is a very talented team.

I am proud to be the eighth editor to steward Successful Farming magazine, now marking its 110th anniversary. And I will bring this message of humility with me on this journey. 

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