Take a Family 'Field' Trip

Summer vacation is upon us, and that means it’s time for a good, old-fashioned road trip. While it can be difficult to plan an itinerary that makes everyone happy, adding a few agricultural elements can help bring even those family members who hesitate to leave the farm on board.

Traveling to Hawaii? Tour a coffee farm. Visiting Europe? Stop by a vineyard. Staying closer to home? Visit Living History Farms near Des Moines, Iowa, or stop at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.


Be Our Guest

Thanks to websites like airbnb, travelers can rent an entire house or just a spare room for a fraction of the cost of a hotel stay, and farmers with extra space are cashing in.


SF Blog: The Power of Pets

Four years ago, my family was reeling from the loss of our beloved dog, Riley. She was 15 years old, her health was failing, and her time had come. My husband, Jayson, our sons, and I petted her and told her goodbye as she slipped away at the vet.


Make Farm Safety a Priority This Spring

During the spring planting season, farmers often rush to get into the fields, where they work extremely long hours.

“When you spend a lot of time working, you become fatigued; when you are fatigued, you make poor decisions about your safety,” says Charles Schwab, a safety specialist with Iowa State University Extension. “If you are working long hours, you need to take breaks so you can reenergize.”


Contest Offers Grain Bin Rescue Equipment

When farmers become trapped in grain bins and other storage facilities, the ending is usually not a happy one. According to Purdue University researchers, more than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported over the past 50 years with a fatality rate of 62%.

With the proper equipment and training, however, fire departments and other first responders can increase the odds of a successful rescue.


From Parts to Art

Sculptor John Lopez is proof that great art can happen anywhere. See how he transforms scrap iron into amazing sculptures.

Becoming a Caregiver

Whether it happens over time or in an instant, caring for an aging parent can be stressful. These tips can help ease the transition.