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8 Feel-Good Stories of 2017

These eight stories from 2017 hit us right in the feels.

To start off 2018 on a positive note, we wanted to revisit a few of the stories from 2017 that made us smile. Check out these eight stories to meet inspiring leaders, teachers, and dreamers in rural communities across the country.

1. A SMALL-TOWN EFFORT FOR A FELLOW FARMER AND FRIEND

Posted on: October 13, 2017

In six hours, 11 combines, 21 semis, and 14 auger wagons harvested 400 acres of corn outside of Brimfield, Illinois, for Randy Kingdon after he lost an eight-year battle to cancer. Read the full article here.

2. TRAGEDY TURNS TO GROWTH FOR IOWA PORK PRODUCER REICKS VIEW FARMS

Posted on: May 17, 2017

After his daughter’s death, Dale Reicks started building sow farms. He grew from 1,200 sows in 2003 to 15,000 sows by 2009. Today, that number is 32,500. Read the full article here.

3. TWO-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMP IS BACK ON THE FAMILY FARM

Posted on: October 30, 2017

After a decorated football career, Adam Timmerman is back on the family farm and managing a John Deere dealership in northwest Iowa. Read the full article here.

4. A CONVOY OF COMBINES FOR A DAD, BROTHER, UNCLE, FARMER, AND FRIEND

Posted on: October 26, 2017

When Decatur, Nebraska, farmer, Joe Penny, lost his life in a motorcycle accident in August, neighboring farmers and family friends dropped their own harvests to lend a helping hand. Read the full article here.

5. 10 EXCEPTIONAL EXTENSION SPECIALISTS

Posted on: November 15, 2017

For more than 100 years, Cooperative Extension Service has been extending the science and knowledge of land-grant universities to the citizens of America. Meet 10 superstar specialists who are making a difference in ag extension. Read the full article here.

6. SF SPECIAL: KANSAS FARMER STILL GOING STRONG AT 102

Posted on: June 20, 2017

Take a trip across the last century through the eyes of Kansas farmer Loyd Ratts.

“Many people think the amazing thing about Grandpa is the fact that he’s 102 years old,” says grandson Dan Guinn. “I think the amazing thing about him is his humility and how he lives his life. He continues to work every day and
 seeks ways to serve God. Those are the key things that make him who he is – not his age.” Read the full article here.

7. SF SPECIAL: 4 IMMIGRANTS FULFILL DREAMS OF BECOMING FARMERS

Posted on: August 21, 2017

These newcomers to U.S. agriculture break through boundaries to farm or manage farms. Read the full article here.

8. FARMERS FIRST, WOMEN SECOND

Posted on: February 20, 2017

Women are mainstream at farm shows these days in a slew of different roles at agriculture companies, but finding a female farmer who is confidently making management decisions on a farm is a rarity. We want to introduce you to four of these farmers. Read the full article here.

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