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Irrational Attachment To A Farm Brings Unhappiness

A farm woman describes the small foothold she and her family made in starting again in farming after having lost their farm to bankruptcy. They are now renting a tractor and several small parcels of land.  Reflecting on the emotional turmoil surrounding the loss of the farm, she made this comment. We were guilty of feeling so strongly for our farm. Never again! It is only a business and a piece of property. If it doesn’t ‘pencil out’, get out.”   That family learned a great lesson. To love something that much and then lose it is to endure great pain. In the end, they found that the farm was a means to an end–a vehicle to generate income in order to sustain a loving family and lifestyle–rather than an end in itself.   Irrational attachment to the farm. A farm, like a child, can absorb attention, resources and energy. There is joy in watching it grow, improve and take on beauty and power. Like a child, a farm makes time demands that correspond to needs that are biologically driven–not by an eight hour day.   A farm, especially one that has been in the family for generations, can be the object of great attachment and adoration. It assumes a mythical quality and a life of its own. “The farm must be kept in the family.” Too many people have...

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Teamwork: Keeping the Tugs Tight

There has never been a greater need for teamwork within our workforce than there is today, nor a more demanding use of my time than that of speaking on the subject of teamwork; about the importance and value of all of us working together! As the economy continues to struggle, the size of the work force continues to dwindle… There has never been a greater need for teamwork within our workforce than there is today, nor a more demanding use of my time than that of speaking on the subject of teamwork; about the importance and value of all of us working together! As the economy continues to struggle, the size of the work force continues to dwindle. This means the same amount of work needs to get done with fewer people and less hours; making the challenge of success far different than it has been in the past.       This is as true in agriculture – particularly livestock operations – as it is in any other segment of labor-driven enterprises. Though the pitch fork and shovel have been replaced with skid-loaders and the like, there is always waste and inefficiency caused by a lack of teamwork and the non- selective positioning of attempting to put a square plug in a round hole. Before considering any important personal management decision you should first tum to your dictionary...

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The Power Of Teamwork

After a lengthy hospital stay, under the care of the Mayo Clinic, I came to realize that the “medical field” is more about people than it is about medicine. Like the fields of any other kind of production, the yields will be in direct relationship with human input and individual decisions. It takes a great medical team to accomplish the life changing experience of revived life, and there would be no way to express this sentiment to each and every individual that participated. The care and compassion of the nursing staff was unbelievable, but one in particular will probably never be forgotten, as she beamed with agriculture and spoke my language like that of a seasoned marketing expert. When Elles Niessen spoke about her life back on the second largest dairy farm in Indiana, there was more to this lady than just milk and cows. She is an attractive individual that conveys achievement to the core of her very being, so I was most pleased to meet this special lady and have the honor of being her first patient, as she began her nursing training at Mayo. Elles and her family are from the Netherlands, further contributing to her many unique qualities. So, it was no surprise to hear that she is the reigning “Dairy Princess” for the state of Indiana. This is perhaps just the tip of the...

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How To Become ‘Food Secure’

Years ago, I discovered that the cheapest and easiest (well, sort of–canning is hot, hard work) way to have a full pantry was to raise/grow and can, dry or freeze as much food as possible for my family so that we were ‘Food Secure’. By doing this, not only did I know that I had enough feed to feed my kids but I’ve always known exactly what was in the food my family consumed. It’s a late afternoon in July as I write this.  The multitudes of birds in the shelterbelt and backyard trees are singing their evening songs as a gentle breeze cools my face after the heat of the day.   Tonight, the sky is clear blue and quiet without the distant rumble of black clouds and the crackle of streaks of white lightning zigzagging across the horizon. The two latest batches of baby kittens have come out of their hiding places among the peonies and roses to race and tumble as they play games in the front yard–well away from Miss Maggie, the Shetland sheepdog. I hear our pair of wild Canadian geese talking to each other as they pass overhead, en-route to their nighttime resting place on the big dam below the house.  I haven’t seen any little goslings this year, and I’m afraid that the snapping turtles may have made lunch out of the baby...

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Time for a LTC Game Plan

Dear Michael: I am a person who has been retired for some time now. During my lifetime, my husband and I worked hard. He farmed and I worked at a good job where I have a pension and was able to accumulate some retirement savings. My husband died about three years ago and now I live alone–except for my son who lives nearby on the family farm and now does the farming. Back in the day, my husband and I took long-term care insurance… Dear Michael: I am a person who has been retired for some time now. During my lifetime, my husband and I worked hard. He farmed and I worked at a good job where I have a pension and was able to accumulate some retirement savings. My husband died about three years ago and now I live alone–except for my son who lives nearby on the family farm and now does the farming. Back in the day, my husband and I took long-term care insurance, but only for one hundred dollars per day. We did take compound inflation at the time, and now I’m insured for about one hundred and eighty dollars per day. How do I make certain that my son keeps the farm and my daughter gets my savings and I don’t spend it all in a nursing home? –Home Alone.   Dear Home...

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