Happy National Dog Day!

It’s National Dog Day! To celebrate our hard working animals, check out a few shots of Farmers across the country and their trusty companions hard at work.

Source: Darin W.

Source: Darin W.

Source: Fant Ranch

Source: Fant Ranch

Source: Jacob R.

Source: Jacob R.

Source: Kenny W.

Source: Kenny W.

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Farm Credit Celebrates 100 by Honoring Farmers

Farm Credit is hitting the big one – the one hundred that is. As they turn 100 years old, they are searching for 100 leaders who are positively shaping what is next for rural communities and agriculture. Awesome right?! Check out below for the full description and how you can enter yourself or someone you know.

Do you know an individual or group of individuals whose leadership and vision is changing the future of agriculture and rural America for the better? If so, we want to hear from you! We’re searching for 100 leaders who are positively shaping what is next for rural communities and agriculture.

Whether the leader is a “farm kid” who speaks to youth in urban areas about the importance of agriculture; a business leader respected for commitment to their community and the thriving future of rural America; an agriculture educator who may have inspired thousands throughout the years; or a farmer or rancher dedicated to progress and innovation on their farm or ranch, we invite you to help us identify these dynamic visionaries. Please consider submitting a nomination today. Continue reading

Introducing MacDon’s R1 Series Pull-Type Mower Conditioner

August 2015

A Rotary Disc Mower Designed to Keep You Cutting Even In the Toughest Crop Conditions

Cut faster, cut cleaner, and cut all day long – choosing a Pull-Type Rotary Mower for your operation just got easier with the introduction of the R1 Series by MacDon Industries Ltd.

The R113 and the R116 Pull Type Models have now been released and represent MacDon’s new generation of pull-type rotary disc mowers. The R1 Series Pull-Type has many advanced features and benefits: Continue reading

Keys to Farming Success That Are Still True Today

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RealAgriculture.com recently shared some keys to farming success that are still true today and we just had to share! Check them out below and let us know if there are other keys that you still use today.

  • What goes up must come down –  Many farmers in the Corn Belt are dealing with 5-year rent contracts that were signed in a time of $7 corn and not $3.50 corn. Ouch, that hurts the income statement. Some farmers have loaded up on flashy new equipment based on higher commodity prices, but are now paying for it with lower prices. That’s putting the squeeze on some farmers. Experienced farmers will tell you that any farmer younger than 35 has never seen REAL hard times. Everything goes in cycles, and so what goes up, must also come down.
  • Land is the best investment you can make – Farmers love the land and Grandpa knew best with his advice on investing earnings in more. Of course land prices plummeted in the 80s and that may happen again (see point 1) but over the past 30 years, investing in land has proved to be a very financially successful strategy for farmers across North America.
  • Hard work pays the bills –  Working smarter may sound smart but much farm success has been built on good old back-breaking work and putting in the long hours. Even for the softer jobs on the farm, good strong hard work will take you a long ways.  If you get up early every day and out-work other people, you increase your probability of winning (being successful) in the end.
  • Don’t keep up with the Jones’s — ignore them – Getting wrapped up in what your neighbors are doing can be a fatal distraction for any farm. Whether it’s making sure you have the latest pickup, the cleanest field, the most acres bought in the winter or the longest all-inclusive vacation, trying to appear to others that you are successful likely means that you are not actually working on being successful.
  • It’s okay to start off poor – Younger generations tend to want to start with the standard of living and farming that grandpa and grandma spent many decades working towards. While it doesn’t make sense to try farming today with an old 12 horsepower Model H, there’s value in learning to appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that went into getting a farm to where it is today. And nothing drives innovation on a farm like tough times.

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The Best Farming Advice Farmers Have to Offer – Part One

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We all need some advice every now and then. Whether it’s been a rough day or a plain terrible day, or you just want some words of wisdom; we have compiled to best farming advice we’ve seen from Farmers to help when you need a little pick me up!

Kellie For Ag: Remember on your worst days, you’re not doing this for the money, you’re doing this because you love it. Everyone has a bad day at work. Sometimes Farmer’s do too.

Matt Smith: Trust the lord he’ll bring you through it all

Milan Djurdjevich: My neighbor once, “if you can’t help someone out what good are you. ” With that in mind I try to help someone with my time or advice so they can better from that situation. Also with Christ as my Savior you will get through it in good and bad times. I tell people that all the time.

Hampton Ammons: We’re not in control, and the one who is, doesn’t make mistakes…leave you’re worrying alone and deal with what was dealt

James Sample: When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Tom Nelson: as hard as it is to do take time for family those fields will be there forever Continue reading

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