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    On the farm and in life, we can’t do it alone

    In states that are agriculture centered, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just a fancy name for any other day. You maybe get a card, or a flower, or the newest item at the farm store thrown at you while you’re getting off the tractor. For Mother’s Day, I was spreading granular fertilizer, putting on […]

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    Going to church as a mother is a whole new world

    By Sarah Lovas Some of my big plans for Mother’s Day include going to church with my family. Going to church as a mother is a whole new world. This will only be my second Mother’s Day as a mother, and in this short year, my world has changed including the adventure of going to […]

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    How food and agriculture bring us together

    by Tara Holman Sharing a meal with family, friends, and even strangers is a great way to build stronger relationships, explore different cultures and make new friends. I believe most any of us can reminisce about get- togethers and recall just how important the meal we shared between us was. The month of March is […]

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    You’re done having babies

    I was finally hit with the question I think every mom gets at some point yet is speechless to the answer. My 2 youngest boys (nine and seven) were sitting with me at home and the youngest says, “Mom, I think we need another baby, I want another baby, I don’t want to the be […]

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    From the hottest fire comes the strongest steel

    Looking back, it’s hard to figure out where an entire year went. The days go slow, but the years sure do fly! This last year started off innocently enough, but then came history’s longest spring before we were finally able to finish off 2017’s harvest (only hours before 2018’s planting was complete). We should have […]

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    Christmas changes when you’re head cook

    With the recent snow, the tune “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” keeps entering my mind. I really do love Christmas. I love celebrating the birth of Jesus and getting together with family and friends. Christmas is much different for me now than it was when I was a little girl. For one, […]

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    What is gratitude?

    Thankful. Grateful. Blessed. I see this saying all over. But, knowing WHY gratitude is good is distinctly different from knowing WHAT gratitude is. And, probably the most important is HOW to be grateful. Here are 5 tricks I use to ensure I cultivate gratitude: Gather around the table For me, a kitchen table represents the […]

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    4-H Teachers independence, and that’s a good thing

    by Nate Schlief Last fall, we decided to try something new: Get the kids involved with 4-H. We had tried Boy Scouts with our oldest son, but he wasn’t that interested in getting involved. I knew that with 4-H, it was more of an independent project for each child because I was pretty involved when […]

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    Fall on the farm brings waves of emotions

    On the farm, my grandma was the “Jack of all Trades.” She didn’t have a specialty, she could do it all. She was the by-hand cow milker and separator, egg picker, packer, and chicken feeder, gardener, cook and baker, tractor driver, caretaker, active church member and mother. You name it and I guarantee I saw […]

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    Dreams change. Plans change. Life change

    By Alysa Leier  As a teenager I planned on (and worked hard toward) moving to some bustling, big city and starting a new life as a physician. In fact, for as long as I can remember, that was my goal. At seventeen I didn’t want kids, didn’t even see them in my future. At twenty-three, […]

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    Does it have to be a table?

    What’s on your table? Wait a minute. Does it have to be a “table?” What about a pickup tailgate or a catwalk on a cattle processing system? Or, for myself, even horseback because sometimes you can’t stop to eat. For me and my family these are common places you will find us sharing a meal. […]

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    Share a meal to show the love

    It’s that time of year where we are headed out to the field each morning and come in late at night. Laundry gets sorted by how dirty it is instead of colors, bedtime is by the sun, and kids are miniature versions of us helping to undertake spring tasks on the farm. When I grew […]

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