Kudos To Farm-Town Hangouts

Years ago, I stopped for a noon meal in a cafe in a small North Dakota town that shall remain nameless. I was one of roughly a dozen customers being served by a single employee, who seemed to be the proprietor. The guy was having a rough time of it. He didn’t have most of…
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Don’t Overthink Thanksgiving

Sure You may read or hear it again this Thanksgiving: the earnest admonition to think long and hard about the past year. We’re supposed to carefully contemplate our lives and identify all the things to be thankful for. I respectfully disagree. Nearly all of already know what to be thankful for: our family, our health…
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Profit? You Kidding Me?

A pro football coach once was asked during a difficult season whether his team still had a chance to make the playoffs? In an incredulous voice he responded, “Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs! You kidding me? Playoffs?” That’s probably the response of some area farmers and ranchers when they’re asked whether they’ll make a profit…
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Have You Filled Your Deer Tag?

Like many Agweek readers, I hunted deer this fall. (On family land in North Dakota.) Through good fortune rather than skill, I filled my tag with a buck. Congratulations to other hunters who’ve shot their deer; good luck to those who haven’t. Many farmers and ranchers are hunters; many are not. Sometimes farmers/ranchers and non-farming…
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What’s The Most Important Attribute For Modern Farmers?

There was a time when a strong constitution was the most important attribute for farmers and ranchers. Hard physical labor — and lots of it — dominated their occupation. No more. Yeah, there’s still physical labor involved, but brains are vastly more important than brawn in modern agriculture. I’ll be looking in a future column…
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