Tag: CommonGround



Celebrating Six Years of CommonGround

Sara Ross and her family raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa and cattle on their western Iowa farm. Six years ago this month, a friend called and asked if I would participate in a new program called CommonGround to help connect farm women with consumers. The goal was…

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Switch It Up: 4 ways crop rotation helps our farm be sustainable

Kyla Hamilton and her husband, a fifth-generation farmer, grow corn, cotton, oats, sorghum, vegetables and wheat, and raise beef cattle on their farm in western Texas.   If you ever find yourself in a rut, it always seems helpful to switch up your routine. Take…

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Summer on the Farm: Keepin’ Cool

By Morgan Kontz Morgan is a corn, soybean, alfalfa and cattle farmer from South Dakota   While my husband’s family has been farming and raising beef cattle for generations, I am a first-generation farm wife. Before I became a farmer, I never knew how much…

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Figuring out Farmers Markets

  By Shelby Watson-Hampton Shelby and her husband farm alongside her aunt and uncle on their family farm and vineyard in Southern Maryland.   The morning sun shines down warm as you stroll amongst the tables and vendors, eyeing the fresh juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers…

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Can We Eat Like Our Ancestors?

Kelly Marshall is a busy farm mom who raises row crops and a garden near Maysville, Missouri.   Springtime is my favorite time of year. Partly because of the promise it holds on a farm, but mostly because it means I can get into my…

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No Pests Bugging Me This Summer!

By Kate Lambert Kate and her husband raise cattle, corn, sheep and soybeans on their farm in Laclede, Missouri.   Summer is finally here. It’s a season associated with sunshine, picnics and barbecues, and cold lemonade on a hot day. There’s a lot to love…

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Milk Misconceptions: Bad Information Doesn’t Do Any Body Good

By Jody Sharrard Jody has an animal science degree from Michigan State University. She and her husband, Jeremy, are fifth-generation dairy farmers. They were named 2011 Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators by the Michigan Milk Producers Association.   Like milk and cookies, my dairy farm and…

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Grill with Confidence: 3 Ways Ranchers Raise Healthy Beef

By Teresa Dvorak Teresa is a fourth-generation rancher in North Dakota. She and her husband raise alfalfa, barley, canola, corn, oats, wheat and beef cattle along with their four young daughters.   The air smells like charcoal, and the sizzle of burgers and steaks can…

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GMOs: Helping Us Produce More With Less

By Lindsey Hendricks Lindsey’s husband is a fourth-generation farmer. Her family raises corn, soybeans and wheat in Kentucky.   So much of my job as a mom of two is figuring out how to do more with less. Use coupons to buy more groceries with…

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A Guide to Beef Labeling Rules and Regulations

By  Kelsey Pope Navigating the confusing world of beef labels and packaging can be difficult, so I want to talk a little about how that world is regulated. My family and I manage 700 head of Red Angus cattle in eastern Colorado. In the United…