Cheryl has been an editor at Successful Farming since 1979.

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Three Generations Work Together to Run Dairy Farm

It didn’t take long for Craig Schmidt to know that he wanted to be the fourth generation in his family to operate the dairy farm near Juneau, Wisconsin. He bought his first combine when he was a high school senior. After graduation, he added a bagger and c

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Prairie Revival

What's old is new again. Or, maybe this treasured family saga never really went out of style.

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Cash Rent Tug-of-War

Brace yourself! The tug-of-war over 2015 cash rent rates is a battle of steely nerves. At this point, there isn’t much slack in the rope between high rents and low crop prices. Nationally, 38.8% of farmers rent land. In Iowa, 55% of farmers lease the land

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Kilgus Dairy: Cream Rises to the Top

The Kilguses are part of a three-generation, extended farm family. The farm, located about 100 miles from Chicago, began in the 1950s with Matt’s grandparents, Duane and Arlene. Today, Matt, 33, is in partnership with his uncle, Paul, who operates Kilgus D

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2015 Decision Points: Be Strategic

Farmers make dozens of decisions – both large and small – every day. It goes with the territory. Each decision sets in motion a more or less predictable chain of events. Some significant fork-in-the-road strategic decisions, however, will irrevocably impac

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