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Around the Farm – Family Vacation

As a new self-employed hog farmer it can be challenging to get away for a family vacation, however it is something that is important to my family.Stepping away from the farm for a week means finding someone else to complete daily chores, make feed for the pigs and keep a ...read more

Around the Farm – Early Year of Planting

Like most things on the farm, planting is a team effort. The main team members on our farm include my dad, my mom and me… and our ag retailer who delivers our seed and helps us with various jobs. Our teamwork was extra helpful this year since we were pushing pretty ...read more

Around the Farm – Farming with Family

Growing up, my parents always encouraged my brother and I to go to college to further our knowledge in agriculture, learn from other farmers and to see what agriculture is like outside of our family’s operation. I always knew it wasn’t going to be a guarantee that I would be able ...read more

Around the Farm – Making Goat Milk Soap

Hello from the Koenig Farms soap shop! Somehow after a stressful day on the farm it relaxes me to come home and whip up a batch of soap. In fact, today I was at the farm all day and then came home to cut my most recent batch of soap into ...read more

Around the Farm – A Day in the Life of a Pig Farmer

Growing up on the family farm watching my father and grandfather work together helped develop my passion for agriculture, specifically raising pigs. We also grow corn and soybeans that we use to feed our hogs. My younger brother and I own a wean-to-finish swine operation in Sycamore that I manage the ...read more

Around the Farm – Family Farmers

Yep, that’s me in the picture there. The littlest one second from the left, ready for the first day of school. This is one of my favorite family pictures. Not only are my three wonderful siblings in the picture, but our farm dog and cattle are in the picture too, ...read more

Around the Farm – The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Three years doesn’t sound like very long until you stand back and assess all the changes that occurred. Only then do you realize the ebb and flow of life at play. Since I started writing this column, our two children entered preschool, and then kindergarten and first grade. Eleanor and Luke started ...read more

Around the Farm – A “Normal” Year of Farming

This article was going to be on what a normal year in farming looks like but as I sat here staring at the blank screen for what seemed to be an eternity I came to the conclusion that there is no “normal” in farming – at least not here of ...read more

Around the Farm – One Day at a Time

Raise your hand if you love constant change, living on the edge and a wild sense of chaos. Anyone? Well, congratulations then! 2020 is the year for you! But if you’re like me (raising hand here) and crave routine, stability and a sense of normalcy, I think it’s safe to say this year ...read more

Around the Farm – What Bugs Farmers?

Since I’ve been writing for CONNECTIONS we’ve talked about various aspects of farming. We’ve covered planting, tillage, harvest and technology, amongst other things. But let’s shift our attention to a factor that doesn’t get as much attention – pests, and specifically for this article, corn rootworm beetles. Rootworm beetles are a ...read more