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Generosity is a hallmark of America’s farmers

Recently, two neighboring farmers knocked on the door of our farm house. “Would it be alright,” one of them asked, “if two elves showed up someday to turn your woodpile into firewood?”

  • icon Posted: June 23

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Thursday 06/15/2017
Alternatives to ACA would affect rural customers disproportionately
Posted: June 15, 2017

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report last week that said the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is being considered by the U.S. Congress to replace the current Affordable Care Act (ACA), could reduce access to mental health care, substance abuse treatment and parity of insurance protections.

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Friday 06/09/2017
Parents, economics factor into quality of education system
Posted: June 09, 2017

Following a recent memorial service for a wonderful woman who farmed with her husband and contributed much to her community, I joined with several people who shared a table for the luncheon afterwards. They were discussing secondary school education.

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Friday 06/02/2017
Taking our best shots when hunting, farming, in life
Posted: June 02, 2017

My increasing number of missed shots when hunting pheasants and other wild game during the past few years has led me to ponder the many figurative hits and misses I’ve made in life.

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Friday 05/26/2017
Does dowsing for graves and water work?
Posted: May 26, 2017

A few years ago, an elderly lady and dear friend showed Marilyn and me how to find graves by dowsing. She convinced us there is “something to it,” for we were able to detect burial sites and usually the deceased person’s gender before we discovered confirmatory evidence from decaying round-topped limestone markers or wooden crosses near the grave sites.

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Friday 05/19/2017
AgrAbility program offers assistance, hope to disabled farmers, families
Posted: May 19, 2017

This year, AgrAbility celebrates a quarter-century of assisting farmers who have become injured or disabled, along with their families, to remain viable agricultural producers.

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Friday 05/12/2017
Children can teach adults valuable lessons
Posted: May 12, 2017

Matthew quoted Jesus in the 18th chapter of his gospel in the Bible as saying, “Unless you are like little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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Friday 05/05/2017
High-risk situations: Is problem gambling a farming issue?
Posted: May 05, 2017

There is a well-known adage that “Farming is always a gamble.” Indeed, many of the factors that affect farming’s profitability involve elements of chance, like weather and market prices.

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Friday 04/28/2017
Gambling addiction can harm farmers, impact their families
Posted: April 28, 2017

A farm woman in Texas contacted me recently, asking me to address gambling addiction. Her husband, a gambler since childhood, passed away in a New Mexico casino in December without her knowledge until the hospital where he was taken telephoned her to report his death.

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