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Farming at the Mercy of Mother Nature

By Jennifer Poltermann In addition to raising three children and helping out on her husband’s fourth-generation Wisconsin grain and hog farm, Jennifer owns her own crop insurance business. It’s human nature to complain about the weather. Rain can thwart our outdoor plans. Snow makes driving…

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Why Are Farming Moms Thankful?

Why Are Farming Moms Thankful? A collective reflection on Thanksgiving from CommonGround farmers Soon families across the country will gather around a beautiful bounty and count blessings as Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. Five CommonGround farmers across the country pause following harvest to share what they are…

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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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Farm Mom or City Mom, We’re Not that Different: A Mother’s Day Tribute

By Lesa Clark Lesa Clark and Ellie Gore Waggoner take every opportunity to provide the public with a better understanding of agriculture from their family dairy farm through social media channels and blog posts. (growingupdairyhappy.com). Mother’s Day is bittersweet on my Kentucky farm. My dear mother, Sara…

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Are We a Corporation or a Family? That’s easy. Both!

By Diane Karr Diane is a sixth-generation farmer who raises row crops and beef cattle in Nebraska. She and her husband raise soybeans, corn and grain sorghum, which are mainly used for livestock feed, along with wheat and beef cattle. Families come in all shapes…

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97: The Percentage of U.S. Farms that Are Family-Owned

By Dana Dagman Dana, along with her husband and his parents, farm 2,500 acres of barley, corn, soybeans and wheat in Enderlin, North Dakota. “Corporate farms” and “factory farms” are labels many people give to farms using modern equipment and technology. Following that definition then,…

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The 411 on Cover Crops

By Kate Lambert Kate and her husband farm in north-central Missouri where they raise their two boys, row crops, cattle and sheep. Kate also blogs at www.UptownGirlBlog.com. When my husband, Matt, came back to the family farm after graduating from college, he brought with him…