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Judi Graff, aka FARMnWIFE (@farmnwife on Twitter), describes
herself as “a wife who farms in the middle of the Midwest. I love to show
farmers and ag businesses how to make a website work for them. From simply
telling your farm story to creating new business opportunities, it’s amazing
where a website can take you.”
Oh, the places Judi has gone!
She first launched a website in 2007 to show her three kids showing
their cattle. Since her children are
homeschooled, many visitors to her Kids Cattle website were others whom
homeschool their children but aren’t familiar with farming. These “city moms” saw Judi’s posts about
cattle shows and started asking questions about farming, which led Judi to
start blogging in 2007.
Then in 2009, Judi started the “Big Green Combine” blog about the
purchase of a pre-owned John Deere combine after her family had harvested for
15 years with red ones. That blog
documented the harvest season, which turned out to be one of the most
challenging seasons. Rains fell frequently that fall and harvest wasn’t
complete until Dec. 13, after the ground had frozen, so they could reenter the
A short time later, Judi started another site for her family’s farming
operation. Because it became extremely
challenging to keep all blogs current, she joined them together. Now all past and current posts may be viewed
at Graff Land and Livestock.
“My focus for blogging is really on telling our farming story and
recording events for generations to come.
It’s our family’s heritage, and if we don’t record it, it will be lost,”
says Judi. “If I can do some advocating
along the way, even better. Blog on,
Due to her experience with most blogging
platforms, other farmers began asking Judi how they could get started.
That led her to create FARMnWIFE, where she
helps farmers and ag business owners make their sites productive.
She also gives presentations to social media
and ag organizations like
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