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Around the Farm – Everything Old is New Again

Magnolia. The Pioneer Woman. Fixer Upper. What do all these things have in common? They’re all about bringing decor, food, and homes back to their roots. Stop and think about it for a moment... Farmhouse style and rustic decor has made their way into homes even off the farm (thank you, Joanna Gaines). ...read more

Around the Farm – How a Smartphone Changed the Way I Farm

When my dad was learning to farm, he gathered information from the generations who had farmed before him. Learning from experienced farmers is crucial, but it is also a slow process. One generation learns something new and passes it to the next. So, how does a smartphone change that? It’s simple, ...read more

Around the Farm – Balancing Farm & Family

Like most of you, I have had to learn how to balance work and family. My wife and I have two young boys who are growing faster than weeds and I don’t want to miss a second of it! As a farmer whose hours are roughly sun-up to sun-down plus a ...read more

Around the Farm – Weeds Are Kind of a Big Deal

Farmers have a thing about weeds. They despise them, and rightfully so. Now, for those of you not familiar with the wonderful world of weeds, let’s lay it out in layman’s terms. There are dandelions and weeds that pop up in your yard, or maybe your garden. They’re annoying, but generally manageable. And ...read more

Around the Farm – Why does ag matter?

Although I grew up in Shabbona, a rural farming town, we didn’t live on a farm. In fact, we lived in town, with many neighbors and the biggest thing I ever drove was our lawn mower. And even though my grandparents and several other family members farmed, I still paid no ...read more

Around the Farm – Farmers go to School

Pesticides are an important tool to have in a farmer’s toolbox because insects, weeds, mites or fungi could kill an entire field if left to their own devices. Having said that, we’re not just spraying pesticides without careful consideration and education. Every three years, farmers have to go to class and ...read more

Around the Farm – Spring Cleaning

Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow has come and gone. Our resident cardinal has assumed his perch atop our backyard fence, signaling the beginning of spring. Autumn used to be my most favored season with the rainbow of changing colors, crunching of scented leaves underfoot and cool, crisp air. But these days, spring is ...read more

Around the Farm – Farming in the Winter

This time of year I’m often asked, what do farmers do all winter?   Many, if not all farmers, have diversified income streams that are necessary to raise a family and put food on the table year-round. Time spent on record books, taxes & farm chores Winter days are spent closing the books on ...read more

Around the Farm – Our “Off Season”

Have you ever wondered what grain farmers do in their “off-season”? After the equipment has been washed and put away for the winter, there’s still work to be done around the farm. And lest you think farmers spend their days of leisure on the couch watching entire seasons on Netflix, trust me ...read more