The emotion of saying “Goodbye” to a loved one who is dying or has already died is one of the most painful things we’ll ever experience in our lives, but we can turn it into a personal growth experience.
The Book of Ecclesiastes tells us that in the Lord’s plan, everything has a season. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what was planted. As farmers and ranchers, we live by those sacred words. The things of this world pass away, but the goodness of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and a Samaritan’s heart goes on for eternity.
The church and the farm are two buildings that have been part of human existence for a long time. In particular, they are two institutions that have sustained the countryside and the people in them.
Child care is a crisis in the United States, but it is mostly invisible in agriculture. Farm parents are working parents juggling a dangerous and stressful job with child care. This fact has been ignored for too long. As Bob Dylan would say, “The times they are a-changin’.”
In modern society, “the wants of many outweigh the needs of few” is an uncomfortable adage. In most cases, families are displaced or farms are split in half when a throughway, rail line, or airport is being built, but it is considered necessary evil.
A survey of 2,000 Americans, who represent a sample of the US population that opted to respond to a national poll, indicated that spiritual fulfillment may be the key to happiness. The poll was conducted in November 2022 by the market research company, One Poll.
Trials in life are as numerous as people reading this. No one’s destruction of their “normal” is more or less shattering than another’s. A shipwreck custom-made for you is life’s way of knocking us down. The metaphorical ship of life can capsize, hit a rock, sink, or get lost in a storm.
Louis Bromfield was coming into his own at a time when it was good to be a writer and hard to be a farmer. His first novel, “The Green Bay Tree”, was published in 1924 and started a string of successfully received books.
How can the work associated with agriculture, which most farmers feel is highly stressful, also be associated with happiness and meaningfulness? Agricultural jobs are among the most dangerous, according to OSHA, in their annual reports of occupational injuries, illnesses, and deaths.
Even if the technology we use changes, its nature seldom does. New advances will always make our work easier, while at the same time changing our relationship with it. It’s alright to take a moment to miss what is gone.
Life is full of every emotion. Yet, for many, the recognition of joy is elusive. If you were to look up joy in the dictionary, it is defined as extreme happiness. Yet that ignores the root of the word happy based on circumstances. To find the meaning of joy, the Holy Scriptures need to be referenced. Joy is expressed without speaking.
Moving, whether from one farm to another, to a different occupation, retirement, or something else, is a highly emotional event for every individual on the farm and even more traumatic when the next home is away from the land.
Until partway through the 20th century, the people of Ireland, not always having access to or being able to afford a doctor, took to addressing their infirmities themselves. As a result, many ailments required searching out “the cure.” Here are a few examples of old Irish folk remedies, some of which are still used today.
There is no doubt that we are in interesting and conflicting times in agriculture. Unfortunately, many of us make matters worse than they should be since we do not modify our business’s thought process and approach. We fixate on crop prices and ignore the changes we can make to succeed at the current price point.
Dr. Mike Rosmann requested special guest author Kaila Anderson to write this column. Kaila is a social worker who currently resides in Denver, CO, and enjoys staying connected to her farm roots by speaking at conferences and training providers in LandLogic℠ .
I walked gingerly up to the table with my registration slip. The eight men sitting there turned towards me. They looked me up and down, making calculations. Rural poker sharks do not look like the Vegas typecast seen in movies.
Morning and afternoon gatherings of farmers take place mostly when they aren’t engaged in necessary work, such as planting crops. The attendance varies according to the season and the needs of these farmers for a sounding board. Most gatherings are friendly, but volatile feelings can emerge.
Life has taught me that time is akin to Goldilocks’ assessment of her porage. Whereas the storybook character would state that her breakfast was either too hot or too cold, time goes too slowly or too fast – it never seems to be just right.
Wasps receive attention no matter the time of year. However, they are especially noticeable in late summer and early fall. Wasp management should be attempted only with great care and preparation.
With necessity being the mother of invention, sometimes other things ride in on her apron strings. This was the case a few years back at the Bohacz Farm when we got the TV working again. You may think it is 1945 instead of 2022, and the Rural Electrification Commission finally pulled some wire to us.
Last November, my father passed away at the age of 60. My father was often the subject of this column – he was generous in allowing me to share his life. He taught me how to be strong and kind at the same time. Now he’s teaching me about loss.
Most but not all in agriculture are too good with engine oil changes, hurting nothing other than the pocketbook. Yet, they tend to neglect other critical fluid changes, including hydraulic lubricants. Fluids break down from the heat, absorb moisture, and introduce dirt into even a sealed system. They all need servicing on all your road vehicles – and every piece of equipment you have.
How people form opinions is well-researched and not terribly complicated. Opinion formation is an established field that many marketers and the news media use to influence what they want people to agree with. It’s hard to know what is accurately portrayed in the media these days.
Farming can be a balancing act, especially regarding managing cash flow. Once in a while, sacrifices have to be made. Sometimes that’s attempting your own vet work or maybe putting off updating equipment for summer. For my father, one winter many years ago, that meant not putting any money into the old Chevy pickup he drove.