11 Things You’ll Most Definitely Learn Growing Up on a Farm

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There are certain things that only living on a farm can teach you. Whether it’s learning from a young age that chores aren’t just for a Saturday morning or the value of your neighbors, check out the 11 things you’ll most definitely learn on the farm.

How to measure distance. You don’t measure distance in blocks or miles, its up the road a ways or just down the road.

Mornings didn’t only consist of Before school and after school chores. 

How to pronounce words. You’re goin’ down to the ‘crick’ not the creek.

You walk in the cow pastures barefoot because it is easier to spray your feet clean than you shoes. That of course, is learned the hard way. Continue reading

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Fastline and FFA – Chapter Spotlights

In honor of FFA week, we’re highlighting some of the outstanding chapters out there that work hard to make their chapters the best there are. Check out all of the chapters below!

Byron FFA

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This chapter is 158 members strong and was won the National Chapter of Innovation award in 2004 and has remained in the top three since then. See their full profile by clicking here.

Webster County FFA

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This chapter is not only proud to support their community but they also enjoy participating in Christmas parties, fundraisers and local parades. To learn more about this chapter, click here.

Harrisburg FFA

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This chapter consists of a very tight knit group of friends that enjoy all that comes with being in an FFA chapter. Some of those things include fundraisers, Tractor pulls, farm shows and many other events. Read more about them by hereContinue reading

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Signs You Grew Up On a Farm – Part 2

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You can always tell when someone has grown up on or still lives on the farm.Whether it’s the work ethic or the widespread knowledge of life, the signs you grew up on a farm are a plenty. In a follow up to 10 Signs You Grew Up On A Farm, check out more signs that you grew up on a farm courtesy of farmers like you.

You learn or adapt to a great work ethic. you put your whole self into your work daily.

You appreciate all the farm smells, and manure even smells good to you.

Living on the farm you learned to respect the family name and carry it with pride and honor.

You know to never say you’re bored because there was always a job needed done or a chore needing completed.

You learn that play is when you do something until you are tired of it. Work is when you do something until it is done.

You know what community was all about. When a neighbor would get too sick or pass away, the neighbors would all come together to take their crops out for them and dinners would be made for everyone.

You measure the cost of something by how many bushels of corn or beans or by how many heads if hogs you had to sell and ect. Continue reading

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Hot Topics in Ag

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U.S. Farmers in 2015 to Plant Fewer Corn and Soybeans

In its first crop production outlook for 2015 USDA on Thursday forecast U.S. farmers will plant less corn and soybeans this year, with the corn area posting the largest decline.

The drop in soybeans was less as low production costs should have farmers favoring them to corn, USDA said at it annual outlook conference.Read More.

GMO Corn Trait Class Action Suits Consolidated

Genetically-modified-organism traits have become common, everyday occurrences in agriculture. Farmers plant Roundup Ready, LibertyLink, Widestrike and other traited crops with scarcely a second thought. But the world outside agriculture continues to view GMOs with some suspicion even though no one has ever proved plants containing the traits are any more harmful to humans than those from conventional crops. Read More.

Iowa Farmers Commended for Stewardship

ANKENY, Iowa — Iowa soybean farmers were recognized by members of the Iowa House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee for investing in water quality monitoring and increasing the adoption of conservation practices on farms. Read More.

We May Not Have An Aging Farmer Problem Afterall

Many industry observers often express concern related to the “aging farmer problem.” For example, the average age of Illinois’ farm operators has increased steadily over time, with the mean age of principal farm operators in the state of 57.8 years in 2012, compared to 53.2 in 1997. Read More.

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Caption This!

Let’s have some Thursday fun! This is quite the cold picture we’ve got here – who thinks they can come up with the best caption for what’s going on? Leave your guess with a comment below!

 

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