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visit to the Bonnie Mohr Studio is a bit different than one to other fine art galleries. Like other studios, you will find the usual artist originals, art prints and note cards. What makes this studio unique is that you will also find one of Bonnie’s favorite art subjects-the dairy cow. Live cows are generally not allowed in the studio which is located on the Mohr farm, but visitors will see them lining the drive way to the studio in rural Glencoe, MN. Bonnie and her husband John both grew up on dairy farms in southern Minnesota. They married in 1983 and after a several years of marriage and working in the Minneapolis area. They used the money they saved to invest in their dream of owning their own farm and genetics business, Glenmark Genetics. It was about that time that Bonnie became serious about her godgiven ability to re-create onto canvas the things in life she so loves and respects.

Nearly two decades and five Mohr children later, the studio is now staffed by a marketing person, office manager and a “just down the road” neighbor who is the shipping specialist. Bonnie still has the passion, but doesn’t always have the time to paint as much as she’d like, as there are always business decisions and family responsibilities. However, she makes the most of her limited painting time and has published several recent releases including the fall 2002 limited edition hit “First Christmas”, “October Blessing”, and the BARNS ACROSS AMERICA open edition four print series. She also has over 30 print selections and cards from her popular “Just Down the Road” note card series. (Including the Christmas card “First Christmas”) For more information regarding Bonnie’s paintings, prints or note cards call 1-800-264-6647 (MOHR) for a free catalog or visit her web site www.bonniemohr. com. To request a catalog by mail write Bonnie Mohr Studio, PO Box 32, Glencoe, MN 55336.

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Should You Have Full Coverage or Just Liability on Your Estate Plan?.................................... 25 Keeping the Family Farm in the Family

Dealing With Farming Uncertainties This Year......................................... 27 Farm & Ranch Life

The Family Farm That Was............ 10 The Knightro Report

A Labor of Love: Alpacas................26

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BioSafe Systems Announces New Liquid and Powder Calcium Products BioSafe Systems has added two new products to its portfolio of green and sustainable products for agriculture and horticulture. CalOx, which comes in micronized liquid and wettable powder forms, is intended to raise soil pH and help plants take up nutrients more quickly. The micronized liquid calcium form of CalOx is the next generation of micronized calcium carbonate. It has been milled down to less than one micron to allow for a highly superior product in a liquid form. The wettable powder form of CalOx is a five-micron product that can be used as an effective alternative to bagged lime on a variety of crops. BioSafe Systems has partnered with the world’s largest supplier of calcium carbonate products worldwide. This unique micronized calcium allows calcium to be easily applied either as a foliar spray or by injection through subsurface irrigation or chemigated into any type of irrigation system.

The Pro Box Gate Opener features quick-attach design, 47 lbs. of linear pull, rechargeable 12-volt battery, battery charger and wireless remote control. A fully charged battery is good for 275+ open/close uses. The Pro Box Gate Opener fits all Buckhorn CenterFlow bulk seed containers. For more information contact S.I. Distributing Inc. at 800-368-7773 or visit ____________________________________

New Compact Manure Spreader Ideal Tool for Small-Scale Hobby The Conestoga Model C-50 compact manure spreader is the ideal tool for small-scale hobby farmers, horse owners and organic farmers. It is available with either two-wheel ground drive for maximum traction or PTO drive with heavy-duty agricultural gearbox to operate apron and beater. Both versions have ample capacities of 38 cubic feet. Easy hook up to a compact tractor makes for getting spreading jobs done quickly and easily.

CalOx performs much better than standard calcium products, either liquid or dry, due to the very small particle size. The small size allows plants to absorb calcium and other micronutrients more efficiently. CalOx is available in a variety of sizes, including 2.5, 5, 55 and 275-gallon containers. ____________________________________

This wireless seed box gate opener makes dumping seed into tenders easier and safer. Simply raise the box above the tender and open the discharge gate with the wireless remote control.


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Why Slide-N-Drive™? Made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) material, Slide-N-Drive™ Poly Covers eliminate the need for greasing the fifth wheel plate surface. The poly material’s non-stick surface keeps debris from adhering and enables better trailer handling and maneuvering. The •” thick UHMW’s superior strength will extend the life of the 5th wheel plate and over-theroad drivers report getting 400,000 plus miles per poly cover. The Slide-N-Drive™ kits come with everything needed for a basic installation. The poly plate is pre-drilled with strategically placed holes that clear obstructions under the 5th wheel plate. Two powdered-coated ram bars and all necessary hardware are included with the kit.

SI Distributing Introduces Pro Box Gate Opener S.I. Distributing Inc. has introduced the Pro Box Gate Opener to their line of products.

May Wes Expands Slide-NDrive Poly 5th Wheel Cover Product Line

Corten copper-bearing steel is used in C-50 boxes to provide corrosion resistance four times that of plain carbon steel. All Conestoga boxes are of all-welded construction, chemically washed, painted with epoxy primer, and finished with a highly corrosion resistant, two-part urethane paint. This combination of special steel, construction and finish give Conestoga spreader boxes an extraordinarily long service life. Additional durability features include hardened sprockets, grade 5 bolts, oil-impregnated bushings, sealed bearings, heavy-duty roller chain, and poly vinyl floors that will not rust or rot. Durable Conestoga boxes carry a ten year warranty and the Conestoga poly vinyl floor system has a lifetime warranty. Overall Conestoga warranty is three years, covering defects in material and workmanship.

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Latest JCB Skid-Steer And Track Loaders Offer Huge Fuel Savings The unique Powerboom and side-door access layout of JCB’s skid-steer and compact tracked loaders makes them the easiest – and safest – machines of their type for daily duties on farms. But the latest ‘large platform’ models are not only even easier to operate thanks to new controls and an electric quick-hitch option, they are also more economical. An improvement of up to 9% in fuel economy is credited to JCB’s new high-performance Ecomax T4 engine, which now powers five wheeled skid-steer models and four compact track loaders with rated operating capacities from just over 2225 lbs. to almost 3295 lbs.; and four tracked loaders rated from just over 2225 lbs. to 3200 lbs. rated operating capacity.

Digi-Star releases ISOBUS compatible Grain Tracker Digi-Star introduces the GT 465, an ISOBUS compatible system that allows grain carts operators to utilize the virtual terminal in the tractor cab. The GT 465 is the newest addition to Digi-Star's field management product line. "The GT 465 gives producers all the functionality of the GT 460 with the added benefits of enhancing remote visibility and reducing cab clutter," said Digi-Star product manager Todd Long. “It also comes standard with AutoLog2 allowing operators to pre-set truck capacity and receive an alarm notification when nearing the target weight in addition to, automatically starting and stopping the recording function each time the PTO is engaged.” There are two mounting options for the GT 465. It can be mounted on the side of grain cart to provide remote visibility for the combine driver or it can be mounted to the front of the cart so the person in the tractor cab can view it while loading or unloading. Changing trucks or fields is a simple touch of the button on your virtual terminal and all the data is captured on the USB in the GT 465. The GT 465 is an ideal tool for crop insurance reporting as it comes with Grain Tracker software for easy and accurate harvest data. For more information call 920-563-1400 or visit ____________________________________

In addition, a new air filter design with a high-efficiency active scavenging system, allows JCB to extend air filter service life to 500 hours when the machine is operated in typical farm conditions. JCB Agriculture General Manager Ray Bingley remarked, “Fuel savings, servicing and other operating costs are more important than ever in the overall ownership cost of agricultural machinery, so anything that keeps costs down is welcome. The previous JCB Dieselmax engine was up to 16% more fuel efficient than some competitor machines, so now we are moving even further ahead. “At the same time, the engine is compliant with Tier 4 Final emissions, yet has no diesel particulate filter (DPF) or any other exhaust after-treatment that needs to be serviced in any way,” he adds. “The lack of extra hardware has also enabled our designers to maintain the high rearward visibility for which the JCB skid-steer and track loaders have become renowned.” JUNE 2 014

Andis Introduces New ShowEdge™ Clipper for Livestock Grooming Andis combines form and function in the new ShowEdge™ detachable blade clipper for clipping and all-around grooming on large animals and livestock including cows, horses, goats and sheep. “Large animal groomers – particularly youth – struggle with the process of grooming because traditional livestock clippers are heavy and can require two-hand operation. The ShowEdge™ combines the safety and control of a small clipper with the wide blade and increased power of a heavy-duty clipper to create an easy-to-manage, mid-size solution. Its uniquely angled head delivers improved access when clipping in hard to reach places,” says Karen Formico, vice president of marketing.

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Weighing in at 27.5 oz., the ShowEdge™ is ergonomically designed and is 58% lighter compared to most heavy duty, large animal clippers, providing greater control and less hand fatigue – both top concerns of livestock groomers. A 2-speed rotary motor runs cooler and delivers powerful cutting performance, while a tether cord, for around the wrist, helps prevent accidental drops. The Andis clipper has a 14’ power cord and comes standard with a wide 3” ShowEdge™ General Blade (#40175) to cover more area with fewer passes. Two additional blades are also available: Surgical (#40110) and Medium Coarse (#40165).

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Bayer CropScience Joins John Deere in Developing Digital Tools to Move from Precision to DecisionTM Bayer CropScience and John Deere are working together to integrate data access, wireless data transmission, and delivery of prescription recommendations to help farmers optimize yields and return on investment. The collaboration will enable Bayer CropScience and John Deere to provide data-enabled decision-support tools for farmers. In cooperation with retail and distributor partners, Bayer CropScience will initiate R&D-based field pilots designed to use agronomic data to prescribe Bayer CropScience products to maximize yield potential and overall profitability on each acre. Bayer CropScience’s digital farming initiatives promote the creation and delivery of value-driven integrated solutions to farmers by leveraging new technologies and data availability to improve farm effectiveness and efficiency. “Our intent is to leverage the agronomic strengths of Bayer CropScience and channel partners, combined with the precision-enabled equipment and the MyJohnDeere decision support platform offered by John Deere, to enable farmers to move from precision agriculture to decision agriculture,” said Shane Hand, Bayer CropScience Digital Farming Strategic Marketing Lead. Bayer CropScience’s digital farming initiatives are designed to link agronomics, product performance and best management practices, while utilizing variable-rate and wirelessly connected technology offered by John continued... andl ivest ockdirect A3

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Deere precision machinery. By integrating these elements, the two companies hope to enhance sustainable value at the farmer level and increase yields. Through its John Deere FarmSight™ strategy, John Deere is creating a solutions ecosystem to enable agricultural customers to be more productive, experience greater uptime, and lower the cost of operation while improving yield. An important component of this strategy is MyJohnDeere, a comprehensive information platform enabling the management of equipment data, production data and farm operations. This online platform allows farmers to analyze yield variability, access decision support tools and collaborate with their agronomic advisors to improve their bottom line. “The MyJohnDeere open platform gives farmers the opportunity to see the performance of their operations and collaborate with agronomic and business partners to optimize their production and costs. Bayer CropScience and John Deere share the commitment to optimize farmer returns while honoring the foundational principles of data management and stewardship,” says Pat Pinkston, Vice President Technology and Information Solutions, John Deere. For more information about Bayer CropScience visit or contact your local sales representative for product information. For more information about John Deere visit or contact your local John Deere dealer. ____________________________________

New Comprehensive Website for Smartlic Supplements Launched New Generation Feeds, manufacturer of SmartLic feed supplements, recently launched a new comprehensive website. The easy-to-use site is designed to maximize the interactive experience for producers and dealers. Intuitive navigation allows users to quickly find product information by livestock type, product name or application. The site offers a special section for SmartLic dealers featuring a variety of resources. The SmartLic Resources page features product literature and links to market reports and industry news. The site also serves as a resource for the latest feed supplement research. Producers can utilize the latest version of the Feed Cost Calculator to determine feed cost comparisons and cost projections for their herds. The new site can be accessed at


NRCS: New Web Pages, Updates Help Meet Conservation Needs of Modern Farmers For generations, children have been singing about the farmer, his wife and kids, and even the mouse and the cheese. But today, a modern farmer is more likely to be using the mouse on his computer (or more realistically, a smartphone or tablet) than dancing around a small wooded valley with his family and farm animals. The website of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service,, has been evolving to keep pace with the needs of today’s farmer, says NRCS Webmaster Elisa O'Halloran. "Our mission is to provide American farmers, ranchers and other visitors with the tools and resources they are looking for on a site that is easy to use and navigate." The most-effective websites combine clear and readable text, usability, functionality and simple navigation. NRCS writes the text for targeted audiences, which includes farmers and ranchers, as well as people who use NRCS online tools, such as Web Soil Survey, PLANTS database and COMET-FarmTM. Recently, the agency created a new Get Started with NRCS page. This new webpage helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners learn how they can make improvements to their land with conservation. This webpage features the five steps to getting assistance from NRCS, so that farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can know about the process of applying for assistance from the comfort of their own home, barn, tractor or wherever else they hop online. Also, NRCS revamped its About and Drought Resources pages and created a Resources for Small Farms page. About NRCS provides an overview of what NRCS offers, including those popular tools that bring many visitors to the website.

coming to our website were new visitors, many of whom were farmers, ranchers and forest landowners looking for information on conservation programs," O'Halloran said. NRCS has about 13,000 visits per day on its national website. Some of the most popular pages deal with soils, Web Soil Survey and the Farm Bill. "We hope you enjoy these new and revamped pages, and we welcome feedback on how we can improve our 'digital' service center," says O'Halloran. "We’re excited to have the opportunity to help you get started with NRCS!" ____________________________________

Progressive Agriculture Foundation and National Shooting Sports Foundation Team Up for Firearm Safety The National Shooting Sports Foundation and Progressive Agriculture Foundation® are working together to provide more gun locks to parents in rural America. Through the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe, local Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® coordinators and sheriffs will give gun locks to Safety Day participants. Progressive Agriculture Safety Days are a perfect place to explain why it’s important that firearms be safely handled and securely stored. “Securely storing firearms when not in use is the No. 1 way to prevent accidents, misuse and theft,” says Bill Brassard, director of Project ChildSafe. “Our campaign reminder is Own it? Respect it. Secure it.” As a firearm owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that guns in your home are always stored where they are inaccessible to children or other unauthorized persons. Hiding a gun in a closet, drawer or similar location is not safe storage.

Drought Resources houses information on assistance and resources that can help farms and ranches be more resilient to drought. And finally, the Resources for Small Farms page pulls together information and resources that may be of interest to owners and managers of smaller farms, such as information on organics and seasonal high tunnels.

Safe storage is employing precautions and multiple safeguards that provide an additional barrier against unauthorized use. Nearly all firearm accidents in the home can be prevented simply by making sure that guns are kept unloaded and locked up when not in use, with ammunition secured in a separate location.

NRCS uses a number of tools to help create these pages, including site traffic and customer experience information. "We’ve found that more than 61 percent of people

To find out if there is a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day near you, go to Parents interested in having their child participate should contact

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the local Safety Day coordinator. If your child is unable to attend a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, ask your local sheriff’s department if they can obtain a gun lock for you through Project ChildSafe. For 10 years the National Shooting Sports Foundation has supported the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program, working together to help keep kids safe around firearms. ____________________________________

Exmark Launches Consumer Referral Program Qualifying referrals can earn $100 Carhartt gift cards for themselves, and the people they refer. Exmark has launched a new Referral Program targeted at its farm and acreage customers. The new program launched in March, and runs through the end of 2014. Offers Wide Selection of Exclusive Items

Lundell Plastics Products Proving to Improve Efficiency has a new look! From hats to toys to shirts and more, at this one-stop shop for all things Case IH, International-Harvester and Farmall®, you can find quality merchandise for you or your family.

With spring on the horizon, farmers are busy with their annual preplanting preparations in an effort to make the most out of the upcoming growing season. Through trade show attendance and interactions with customers, Lundell Plastics has found that its offerings contribute towards increased efficiency in the field year after year.

If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up to receive emails and special offers from; eGift cards are also available. The Pinterest site is also frequently updated with the latest items. The site features items representing both Case IH legacy and modern brands. Some of the newest available items include mobile gear, including iPhone® and iPad® cases, a USB car charger and headphones.

The Iowa-based company continues to receive feedback from growers on how their product upgrades in particular, such as poly-cupped flighting and FreeFlo telescoping tubes, have helped reduce costs and labor time by speeding up grain handling processes.

Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters, said the new program makes it easy for existing non-commercial customers to share their recommendation of the Exmark brand.

Other products, such as Lundell’s UHMW Wearshoes, have proven to improve equipment durability further contributing to a farmer’s bottom line. Additionally, Lundell’s innovations are being utilized by a number of the country’s leading manufacturers of seed tenders and other equipment to provide high wear and performance. While Lundell Plastics places a large focus on manufacturing agricultural products, the company is also capable of fabricating custom OEM products for machinery such as industrial conveyors and u-trough liners.

“At Exmark, we believe there is no better advertising for our brand than an already satisfied customer speaking with others about the positive experience they’ve had. The Referral Program is an easy way to share the experience of Exmark ownership with friends, neighbors or colleagues.” Eligible referrals will qualify both the referrer and the referee to receive $100 Carhartt gift cards. To be eligible, the referring party must be a current non-commercial Exmark customer, and the referred party must purchase and register a new Exmark zero-turn riding mower by December 31, 2014. Exmark has made it easy for customers to make a referral. To begin the referral process, go to exmarkrefer. com/ and create a log-in. Once logged-into the system, it’s easy to make a referral using email, Facebook, Twitter or Google +. The progress of a referral is tracked on the site, allowing the referrer to log-in at any time to view their list of pending referrals (referrals who have not yet purchased but have registered for the program), and see who has accepted a referral. Once eligibility requirements have been met and the new Exmark mower of the referred has been registered by the dealer, the $100 Carhartt gift cards will be distributed to the participants. offers a wide selection of items for men, ladies and kids, representing both Case IH legacy and modern brands.

For guys, there’s a wide selection of shirts, hats and even jeans. There’s also a nice selection of shirts and hats for ladies, too. Choose from several cute one-piece outfits for babies and shirts for both boys and girls, and then swing over to find toys – both riding and handheld. Fido is not to be left out, either. features a selection of pet accessories, including leashes and toys. You can even find items to show your Case IH pride in the car, such as mudguards, seat covers and floor mats. Be sure to check back often, as new items are constantly being added. Get them before they’re gone!

The company has made it convenient for customers to order products by making their free product catalog available by mail or via download from their website, along with direct online ordering for many of their products. “We recently revamped our Lundell Plastics Product Catalog to better serve our customers,” says company president Vance Lundell. “Our customers are generally busy year round so it’s important that we make our ordering process as convenient and easy as possible, keeping them efficient in all that they do.” The company launched a microsite last year to share more specific information about how its products benefit growers at More information about Lundell Plastics’ agriculture and industrial products, recent company news and the option to request a free 2014 Product Catalog can also be found at

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Building Hope in Haiti

Widows & Infants Village Added to Global Compassion Network Community in Haiti New village joins orphanages, school housed in Sukup-built Safe T Homes® Volunteers and mission workers from Iowa have completed the first of 10 homes near Les Cayes, Haiti, at site selected by Global Compassion Network as the location for the James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village, the newest addition to the non-profit disaster relief organization’s permanent community in Haiti.

Safe, Secure Shelter Like the other Global Compassion Network community structures in Haiti, the James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village is being built using Safe T Homes® by Sukup Manufacturing, Sheffield, Iowa. These versatile structures are made from the same material as the company’s well-known grain bins and are engineered to provide safe, comfortable shelter in warm climates.

“When we learned of the hardship being endured by widows in Haiti and the plight of infants orphaned or abandoned at already-struggling hospitals, we were While the Haitian community is located at a permanent inspired to add a village that would serve the needs of site purchased for this purpose, Global Compassion Netboth groups, says Ken DeYoung, an Iowa farmer who work also relies upon Safe T Homes for temporary shelfounded Global Compassion Network after volunteering ter when responding to humanitarian disasters, includto fly medical supplies to Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake and tsunami. Responding to the needs of widows without families and infants abandoned “In addition to providing for at hospitals in Haiti, Global Compassion Network volunteers from Iowa assist the basic physical human local workers in building the second of 10 Safe-T Homes at the new James need for safe, secure shel1:27 Widows & Infants Village near Les Cayes, Haiti. The village is named for ter, this project supports the James 1:27, the Bible verse which instructs Christians to care for widows and psychological and spiritual infants: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit human need for a sense of the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted purpose, as widows who are from the world.” without family nurture atrisk babies who so desperately need mothers,” DeYoung explains.

ing shelter for children in Kenya and hurricane relief in the Philippines. The homes can be constructed using minimal labor and tools, are portable and light-weight enough to be carried by hand to areas vehicles cannot reach. For more information on the James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village and other Global Compassion Network initiatives, visit If you’d like to join Global Compassion Network in its domestic and international humanitarian relief efforts, call 515-448-3131 or email for an information packet on volunteering, donating and sponsoring programs.

Global Compassion Network volunteers from the Algona, Iowa, First United Methodist Church, along with mission workers from Laborers for Christ and local Haitians, have completed the first two village homes and are planning to erect a full complement of 10, the number of Safe T Homes that can be shipped in a single cargo container.

A Community of Care The James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village joins Global Compassion Network projects already completed and operating in Haiti, including the: • Consolation Center, an orphanage for girls housing 54 residents; • Center of Help, a second orphanage serving 32 boys and girls; • Centre Educatif le Reconfort School; • Medical Center; and • Community Center. “Just imagine widows feeling useful and finding a place of purpose helping care for these precious preemies and tiny babies left without family support,” says Les DeRoos, an Iowa missionary with Laborers With Christ, who assists Global Compassion Network in Haiti. “Nearest to the heart of God and pure religion is to care for the orphan and the widow.”


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Taking from the rich and giving to the poor; simple, profound passion. To celebrate and honor this special occasion there will Mr. Williams (self-made entrepreneur) is the contributor to this month’s Knightro Report column. Like those that survived the economics of World War II, the dirty thirties, the depression and now the recession—he survived the collapse of the farm credit system during the mid-8O’s, along with thousands of other demoralized farmers across America. Having lost his hog operation, he came out of it bigger and stronger than when he went in. He has since come to realize that his financial condition was no fault of his own, but rather the victim of a bloated government bailout in the 70’s. Rather than putting him back on his feet, it kicked his legs right out from under him. But those same qualities that put him at the top of his game have sustained him to become the man that he once was. He never accepted “I don’t know” for an answer, and pursuant to all his questions, were the qualities of character and building relationships. Like the time he brought in a load of hogs to sell to Iowa Pork Industries, he asked one of the hog buyers, “Just who is it that sets the hog market? I would like to meet him.” They pointed up the street to my office. He said, “Can I talk to the guy?” “I am sure you can; would you like for one of us to make

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America and probably always will.

“No, I’ll make my own dam appointment, but thank-you anyway.”

Since I left farming, and I’m very sad that I had too, money has always been on my mind. Can anybody tell me where it comes from? I mean origin, how it works? My Dad said, “You work for it, it doesn’t grow on trees. What are you going to buy with it, pop bottle caps?”

On the way out he stopped at my secretary’s desk to schedule an appointment. The very next day he was in my office at 8:00 a.m., with a huge bag of fresh donuts–a move that served him well as a privileged insider of hog marketing opportunities. Though his passion to play Robin Hood is unquestionably noble, his name calling and unmitigated references of socioeconomics may come under sharp scrutiny of the readership. If so, I will responsibly address your concerns– just as I have other debatable positions of interest that have come across my desk. He has since moved his stock from the farm to the board of trade, and has done well enough financially to practice what he preaches. He preaches Proverbs 29:2... "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, the people groan." Dear Mr. Knight, As a follower of your column, I read, with interest, your article about the NFO winning or losing. You gave them credit for a big win, but qualified it by saying—had they really won, we would still have family farms. Ken, here we are—another planting season upon us, and many have been sitting at the kitchen table trying to figure out the best option to make money for the year ahead—how many acres of wheat, yields, profit/loss per acre, outguess growing conditions, should I feed some livestock, etc. Many livestock producers have endured one of the most difficult winters in their history and probably the most costly, with liquid propane skyrocketing to prices never seen before. Many out there are sitting at the kitchen table, optimistic about the year ahead—great! Farming is a lifestyle, not necessarily about money—yet, according to the stats in Minnesota, we are still losing more and more of the younger generation. This is a sector of our community that has been abused for years. With government wanting to keep food prices low, it has to keep the population of farmers to yet a lower percentage of our population.

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He did get it through my head: You had to work for it. Period. And if you really know where it starts, it is interesting. For me, the 90’s represented the best years. The value of the dollar was at its best! The value of the dollar today, not so hot. Why is that? Those in corporate America have the most cash in history, just sitting there, and yet don’t spend it. Why? ‘They’ say they need to see how the government will tax or what costs they we will be socked with. Huh? I know farmers don’t have an excess of 16 trillion in the bank, or even another 16 trillion in pirate banks. The debt in America is over 16 trillion. That’s a lot! But for many farmers, their debt is very real too. Even with all their optimism they have to work hard every year just to get by. In a book I recently read by President Bill Clinton titled “Back to Work”, he points out how America and it’s struggles are very complex, but with a few cuts here and there, an increase in taxes for some, all could be made right—but no one wants the word ‘taxes’ mentioned. If this country and our people are going to prosper and enjoy our Freedom, we have to do our moral and ethical duty. For instance, take a look at the tax rate on the wealthy, post WWII–and then compare it with the effective tax rate many pay today. Our population of millionaires and billionaires is ever increasing, while there are kids in the Minnesota school system going hungry. WOW! There are increasing number of charities and shelters around the Twin Cities; I have visited these places and the stories are very saddening. I know many have an opinion; probably not what I want to hear, but just sit back, imagine being a teen, your name John/Jane Doe with no family, friends, and nothing you have done has made a mark in this world. What would you do? This reminds me of a similar instance in the movie “Trading Places”, reminding us about how others struggle for food and housing. I know many worked

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hard to make their money, but maybe some are just a little less fortunate or as intelligent. I get it–capitalism is alive and well in America, and thank God for that– but why does one person need to struggle to live while others are so, so incredibly well-to-do?

for a very sizable company. Kwik Trip, another local company in Minnesota, treats their workers especially well and shares generously in the year’s success. These are just a couple of many companies today that treat employees exceptionally well and have a very nice, family farm-like corporation. Thank you!

I know some of the well-to-do have compassion for their fellow man and contribute to many of these helpful organizations–and to them give a huge ‘Thanks”! But maybe we could cut down on the need for all these organizations in the first place if the millionaires and billionaires would share more of their money by more offering more employment opportunities, paying a little more percentage of taxes, etc. I know this works as we have other countries around the world that don’t have the economic gaps we have here; and they do just fine.

I strongly agree with Mr. Buffett is this fact: Americans are strong and can get through anything. But my guess is, it’s because of the morals and ethics that make up the family farm. We all have a tough job, but take the time to help our neighbor or fellow man. We could all use a little help, no matter who you are. And thank you too, Ken Knight–you are a pillar in what’s left of our family farm.

I think, at this time, financial genius Warren Buffett is the second wealthiest person in the world. Wow! I guess that is how we keep score. The ex-chief economist, Bruce Bartlett has spoken and written books on some key ways to help our country and others to prosper. Recently I watched the series “The Men Who Built America” on the History Channel. What an eyeopener. Wow, again. You hear on the news about how Warren Buffett going to give his money away–nice, yes; but maybe, just maybe if all the companies in his conglomerate would pay his employees more, the velocity of hard-earned money would win out over charity? It used to work this way in America: The family farm supported most of the flow of money through the feed mills, implement dealers, grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, restaurants and many other family business, all of which have since been replaced by a few major corporations. Some were very liberal to workers, stock holders, patrons, etc. Not so now–just look at some of Warren Buffett’s holdings. What a conglomerate: BNSF, DQ, GEICO, Heinz, major stock holder in Wells Fargo, CocaCola — just to name a few. Watching “The Men Who Built America”, I noticed a very strong similarity. Knowing that history repeats itself, why do we continue to repeat patterns that are not for the betterment of all? Warren Buffett is a very intelligent individual and with so much financial muscle could do so much more for our great country. He owns one of the largest insurance companies in the world; he could lead the way for our insurance needs, after enjoying profits of 400% or more. Now that our government has passed insurance reform, referred to as “Obamacare”, something Senator Ted Kennedy lobbied for many years, the insurance companies are throwing a tantrum, along with non-profit hospitals, etc. Really? Can we get back to the times when we would all

BLOATED AT THE TOP pitch in to help a neighbor rebuild a barn after a disastrous fire, put in crops for an ill-stricken neighbor, maybe help pay a bill or two for someone on hard times? While I disagree with Mr. Buffett’s business practices and those alike, he has raised a son that participates in both corporate America, the farming world, and works with the ‘common Joe’. He has helped ordinary people around the world. He has shown people how to plant, grow, harvest, sell their products. He appears to be an awesome mentor! I would like to say, “Thanks Howie!” I am not trying to single out these guys, but they are high profile, for which many can recognize. We have all heard the phrase, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” Also, “Give a farmer a dollar and he’ll spend two!”

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There has been so much lost and gained from the family farm. In reading your articles, Ken, on 4-H, NFO and many others to help us make money—I know you ‘get it’. Thanks for all the years of your support and help! I am not looking for any negative feedback, just for all to think back or talk to those that have done so much for mankind and go the extra step to work, live, play together, and to not have such extreme gaps on the ladder of success. I am glad we have large corporations and entrepreneurs who know how to make a lot of money. But wouldn’t it be great if more large corporations today were as innovative Henry Ford was in the early 1900’s? The business plan of the Whole Foods Market does not have the huge 400 times profit to average worker salary ratio. Instead it has a modest, justified income

YOUR VOICE IN THE MARKETING PLACE OF YOUR CHOICE — KNIGHTRO SESSIONS MENDING FENCES AND TENDING SENSES Ken E. Knight is the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in this publication on a regular basis. Mr. Knight is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a major BS Degree in Meat and Animal Science and a minor in Communications. In addition to being a professional auctioneer, public speaker and livestock judge, he brings many years of corporate level meat and livestock market management and expertise to the industry for which he now serves as an independent voice of shared knowledge and experience. For more in-depth information regarding the topics that have been touched upon in this report, Knightro conducts livestock marketing seminars on a regular basis. To schedule a seminar, auction, judging, or speaking engagement, please contact Ken Knight, Knightro, 136 Hillridge Ct., Prescott, WI  54021, phone 715-262-8480, fax 715-262-8480, e-mail; or contact the Farm & Livestock Directory, P.O. Box 998, Fort Dodge, IA 50501; email

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The transition from horse to tractor took place the generation before mine. My farmer's parents farmed with horses their first year of marriage, almost seventy years ago. Eventually, they were able to purchase a new tractor and never went back to doing things the ‘old way’.

That first tractor is hardly recognizable compared to what you see now on the machinery lots. Today, there are fewer brand names to remember. When the market was new, there were several tractor companies that no longer exist – Theiman, Illinois Tractor, and Flour City Tractors, to name a few. Speaking of things that no longer exist. Strange as it seems to me, stockyards are starting to hold sentimental value. When we were kids, it was exciting to ride with dad in the straight truck when he was taking a load of cattle, either to the Sioux City Stockyards or the Sioux Falls Stockyards. We knew the trip would include eating a meal out, something we seldom did growing up. It was an adventure just to see the road from the truck seat! Sometimes we got out of the truck to listen to dad dicker over prices with commission men. My dad knew how to raise cattle, and the buyers at the stockyards knew it was prime beef! But things change...

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I wonder how many of us who grew up drinking that milk would even consider drinking raw milk today? I understand the current debate, and believe there are truths on both sides. When the industry became more strictly regulated, most smaller operations found complying with the regulations cost more than the milk check. And when that happened, the cows left the farm. It’s possible those laws prohibiting farm milk sales directly to consumers discouraged young people from buying a few cows to start their own small dairy. Remember, things change... Does anyone remember washing eggs because the “egg man cometh tomorrow”? Sometimes we had a lot of chickens, which meant we washed many wire baskets full of eggs. My farmer thinks we were spoiled because we had an automatic washer that swished back and forth, gently washing the eggs. Even so, it was a tedious process. The eggs had to be handled one by one, and dried on towels before packing into egg boxes.

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The Sioux City Stockyards no longer exist, and the visit to the museum to see the display just doesn't portray the same hustle and bustle, cattle lowing or the smells. The Sioux Falls Stockyards have recently been reduced to piles of rubble; all that remains is the office building. Who could ever have thought the businesses that contributed so much to the growth of several cities would change so much? That's not all that has changed... Growing up we drank unpasteurized milk, fresh from the cooler. Many times, the milk at meal time wasn’t cold. We hated that cold milk in school, so we always chose chocolate milk because it was at least tolerable!



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t Keeping the Family Farm in the Family Michael Baron is the owner of Great Plains Diversified Services, Inc. and is a regular contributor to the "Farm And Livestock Directory". Involved in farm estate planning for more than thirty years, Michael Baron is well-versed in farm income taxation, estate taxation, retirement planning, transition planning, oil and gas estate issues, and all other issues facing the family farm, including family dynamics. Presented in a comprehensive, down-to-earth 'question and answer" format, the topics addressed in this column talk about the many aspects of estate planning – and how to 'Keep the Family Farm in the Family'.

Contact Michael Baron at 800-373-4078 or email, or visit View past columns Michael has written in the 'Country Lifestyle' section at

Should You Have Full Coverage or 'Just Liability' on Your Estate Plan? Dear Michael: We have two sons – one that's been with us for a while and one that's just come back to the farm. In our area, land values have risen four hundred percent in the last five to seven years and, between the machinery and the land, these two boys will have to get their hands around five to six million dollars in land, machinery, inputs, etc. that we have as a part of our farm operation. We have two other children but my husband feels if the two boys take over the farm then the two nonfarming children should split our savings and life insurance. This amount is nowhere near even one million dollars – maybe half of that. Do you think this is fair to the other children or am I just not seeing the business side of this? ~ Mom in Between

'prior to any property being passed to him from my estate, he shall have a post-nuptial agreement with his spouse that this farmland - if he should die - shall pass to a trust for the eventual benefit of his children (your grandchildren) with the spouse receiving all income from the farmland - unless they should remarry. If there is a divorce action, this property is not to be considered a part of this legal action'. It sounds harsh, but you are talking about millions of dollars of property. This goes both ways – if you have a daughter or son involved in farming for the in-laws. Last, but not least, when you state in your will the nonfarming children will receive the 'residuary cash' of your estate, remember this - before the money gets to them, this is where the money comes from in the estate to pay for legal fees, burial costs, probate, taxes (income and estate) cost of health care (including any long-term care debts) and any and all outstanding debts.

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growth spurt that's occurred in the last decade.

The son who has been on the farm contributed to the growth of the farm and the one just starting will contribute to the growth in the farm.

There are arguments both for and against this type of estate plan.

However, like most parents, you are in that 'tween' stage, where you can't really say 'if it weren't for my boys, I never would have survived the 80's'. The boys aren't old enough to have been born in the 80's. On the other hand, they have helped during this incredible

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What happens if you leave the farm to the two boys and one decides to sell out after you die and walks away with the best offer? Is there anything in place in your estate plan covering if I give your (farm child(ren) more than my other children (non-farming) how can I protect my non-farm children if my farm child becomes a 'nonfarmer' shortly after my death? How long after I die is my farm child(ren) able to do what he wants with the property?

Your non-farm children are going to be hopping mad when they see their brothers getting millions of dollars in farmland, machinery, etc. - but all the costs of the estate are being taken out of 'their share'. You need to protect these inheritances for the non-farm heirs by setting up a proper estate plan.

Back in the 80's, it was common for the non-farm children to receive a percentage share of what the farming child received. This was normally not a lot of money by today's standards. However, getting fifty thousand dollars in the 80's is like getting three to four hundred thousand dollars today.

In most cases, people will put into their plan 'if the farm child(ren) stay with the farm for at least ten years or to age fifty-five – whichever comes first – he is free to do what he wants with the farmland given to him. If he should sell prior to this time or age, then he shall share the proceeds of this sale with his non-farming siblings as he, too, is now non-farming.

Farmers seem to accept that machinery now costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, land costs millions, and costs and incomes are up commensurately. But for some reason, they seem to have a real difficulty using the same dollar quotient in developing an equitable plan for their children. Fuel and fertilizer could go up thousands of dollars and the average farmer would barely blink an eye.

What happens if one of the boys gets divorced or dies? Are you going to be happy if one of the daughter-in-laws then inherits the farmland from him (as next of kin with a simple will) and she then remarries to another farmer? Your non-farm children could see someone else farming their parent's farm.

Most farmers wouldn't dream of buying a new truck, combine or tractor without putting full coverage on it yet will walk around with just basic liability coverage on their entire estate plan and, essentially, 'hope for the best' for the future of the entire family farm worth millions and millions of dollars.

Maybe a solution would be to state in your estate plan

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A Labor of Love: Alpacas Animals are a part of our everyday life. They clothe us, feed us, transport us, protect us and even fill the role of "best friend." Unfortunately, those who are meant to look after their welfare do not always live up to the task. Recently, a herd of 176 alpacas found themselves in dire need of rescue from an Oregon farm. The rescue was coordinated earlier this year by Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue. When members of the Columbia Alpaca Breeders Association (CABA), the Northwest regional affiliate of the Alpaca Owners Association, Inc., heard of the situation, they sprang into action. The commitment and appreciation these business owners have for alpacas goes beyond their own back yard. They were outraged by the condition of the animals and collectively, the group donated more than $6,500 toward the care of the rescued alpacas, which were being housed at OSU - School of Veterinary Medicine, with more to come. They also reached out to alpaca owners throughout North America, and donations began to come in from as far away as Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Arizona. While it is easy to point to the economic downturn as reason for the abuse these animals suffered, the explanation is likely not so clear-cut. The exact circumstances that led to such dire conditions are uncertain, but there are ways to prevent similar situations from happening with any livestock.

Deciding to own alpacas The anger and hurt felt by those who assisted with this rescue was amplified because they understood how preventable the situation was. As with other livestock industries, rescue situations occur. Successful alpaca businesses exist, are attainable, and whether the focus is breeding stock or use of their fiber, alpaca business owners understand and embrace the work that goes into running their alpaca business. With the industry steadily growing in North American for more than 30 years, successful alpaca business owners did not go into this venture expecting to "get rich quick." Many have, indeed, made a successful living in this industry but, as with any business, research and hard work are necessary. Research is the most important step when considering starting any livestock business, and a prospective owner must understand the basic information necessary to care for these animals. Every livestock species has its special requirements and visiting alpaca farms is an excellent place to begin the investigative process. A listing of local farms can be found at, and a wonderful repository of information about alpacas can be found at "Learn from someone with experience and integrity," said Lona Nelsen Frank, owner of ALPACAS of Tualatin Valley, LLC in Beaverton, Oregon. "And when you decide to purchase your first alpacas, buy from someone who will mentor you

24/7; not just at the point of purchase, but in the future." Another great way to learn about the industry is to attend alpaca shows and events. These shows are national, regional and local. The alpaca industry features a world-class show system developed to promote positive public awareness of the unique qualities of alpacas. They provide owners the opportunity to learn how to improve the breed and enhance their marketability while promoting and

protecting the health and well-being of alpacas. Attending these shows can prove to be a highly educational, exciting and enjoyable experience. These shows also offer unmatchable networking opportunities, where alpaca business owners and individuals interested in this livestock come together from across the country... and the globe... to discuss their alpaca business, experiences, successes and failures. A calendar of upcoming educational and show events can be found at

Adequate planning No endeavor will succeed without a plan. Thomas and Connie Betts of Cascade Alpacas of Oregon in Hood River, Oregon, attest to the fact that creating a well thought out, detailed business plan has helped them to succeed in the industry.

industry must run it like the business that it is," said Connie. "Keep focused on your goals and pay attention to cash flow and expenses. It is important to not go into debt in case things don't turn out. From the beginning, we were prepared for 'worst case scenarios.'"

The Betts have been running their alpaca business for almost 10 years. They earned their return on investment within two years, and now have increased their revenue every year except one during the recession when revenue was flat. "From the beginning, we knew our focus would be on fiber and other revenue streams, such as boarding alpacas, and not as much on the selling of alpacas," said Connie, "and we focused our business plan on that. Because of our focus and ability to stay on track with our mission, we are now known for the fineness of our fiber and we often run out of yarn before our season ends in October!" The alpacas, including alpacas boarded at their ranch by other individuals, and their yarn shop are Thomas's full-time job. Be prepared for change Beth Osborne of The Alpaca Hacienda in Temecula, California, originally entered the alpaca industry concentrating solely on the breeding of high-

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FARM and RANCH LIFE By Dr. Michael R. Rosmann Dr. Michael R. Rosmann brings the perspective of a farmer in “Farm And Ranch Life”. Dr. Rosmann grew up on a mixed grain and livestock farm in Western Iowa where he experienced enjoyable hard work and 4-H, and witnessed the stresses that accompany farming and farm life. Dr. Rosmann developed the first mental health response in Iowa to the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. In 2001, Dr. Rosmann, along with partners in seven states, founded the nonprofit network, AgriWellness Inc. AgriWellness conducted research and provided counseling services to farm people. It became clearer that a specialized field – agricultural behavioral health – was needed to respond to the unique problems experienced by farmers, ranchers and others involved in agriculture.

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Dealing With Farming Uncertainties This Year For many of America’s farmers and ranchers 2014 is starting with more uncertainties than we have experienced in quite a while. How can agricultural producers cope? Much of the western half of the Corn Belt is experiencing carryover from the 2013 shortage of precipitation and other parts of the Midwest have too much moisture. Drought conditions pervade much of the West. The late spring this year is causing additional apprehension. Agricultural producers are studying weather predictions and whether El Nino will have an effect on their livelihoods this year. The recently passed Farm Bill is not yet fully understood and additional administrative changes will likely occur. Lenders in some regions are raising the interest rate on money borrowed by farm operators. There is plenty to worry about, but there also are behavioral methods of curtailing unnecessary worry.

Acquire sufficient knowledge to make informed decisions. Farmers and ranchers can reduce this year’s uncertainties by acquiring as much information as needed to understand crop insurance provisions, selecting varieties of crops suited for drought and a shorter growing season, and considering whom to turn to for advice and emotional support if necessary.

It helps to have equipment, seeds and all inputs immediately ready when conditions are favorable for planting because it promotes a sense of security and control over the unexpected. Also have backup plans, such as what to do if pastures are too short to maintain all the cows, ewes or other grazing livestock during dry periods. Perhaps prepare a list of animals to cull, such as those with poor feet or udders, bad dispositions, or other factors that affect productivity. Weaning progeny early and quickly selling the mothers cuts forage needs. Their youngsters can be sold too or maintained more cheaply than their mothers until they are ready to sell.

The 2014 farm bill has few changes in crop insurance this year. University of Illinois agricultural economist Dr. Gary Schnitkey said in a February 28 Ag Web article by Sara Schafer that the new farm bill keeps previous products and subsidy levels intact. Consistent with current lower grain prices the projected prices for major crops like corn and soybeans will be lower than for 2013 and resultant guaranteed prices will decrease, but the projected prices should not influence coverage level choices. Schnitkey said the new Agricultural Risk Protection policy offers useful protections. Farmers can explore options with their crop insurers. Crop insurance is subsidized by the USDA and available for most crops, such as grains, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables. The new farm bill also covers certain livestock losses during disasters, retroactive to 2012.

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ing. Short vacations, or longer ones if conditions allow, change our surroundings and allow time to engage in activities that restore us. Vacations are an investments in ourselves. Taking vacations is a behavior we control. Other behaviors we can undertake to renew perspective and serotonin production include the following: • Share the worry by talking with others involved in, and outside the agricultural operation, such as trusted family members, friends, and advisors. • Exercise actively to the point that sweating and heart rate increase enough to feel as if in a different phase, because then beneficial body chemicals usually have been produced. • Put yourself in a frame of mind to be open to accept whatever materializes. This can be done by self-talk, prayer, or meditation to gain acceptance of what happens. It takes discipline and habitual dedication to accept what God, or one’s concept of a higher power, allows. • Engage in practices that promote restoration. These range from religious prayer and services at church, to Native American talking circles and sweats, to Buddhist meditation practices, yoga, or other activities that cultivate spiritual and emotional awareness. • Obtain comforting physical contact from spouses, family and pets that includes touching. Physical stroking, like massage therapists provide, stimulates the release of beneficial chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins, sometimes called happiness hormones. • Don’t be afraid to ask a physician for anxiety-calming medication if behavioral solutions are insufficient. • And remember, somebody else has it worse. You’ve probably read some of this before, but our review of what we can do to deal with uncertain times, and to manage our behaviors is useful preparation. Readers may contact Dr. Rosmann at andl ivest ockdirect A1 3

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One-Liners That Have Stuck Around for Generations I printed this in PennyWise years ago and was asked to repeat it again for Father’s Day.

Things My Daddy Says: Go ask your Mother!

What did I just tell you?


Two wrongs don’t make a right.

A great gift for someone who love the great outdoors is camping gear of any kind. Anything from sleeping bags, camp stoves, tents and other kinds of gear are always appreciated.

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You’re not leaving this house dressed like that! Don’t make me come over there! If wishes were fishes, we’d all have a fry. I don’t care WHAT all the other kids are doing!

I usually take a weekend and do a walk-though all of the various yard sales going on in the spring before I hit a retail shop. I’ve found brand-new, still-in-the-box sleeping bags, camp stoves, cooking sets, backpacks and even walking sticks for super cheap. You really can get more for your money. (tip submitted by BR, WY)

CLOG-FREE DRAINS Save yourself some big money and keep your drains running free and clear without any chemicals of any kind simply by pouring a big pan of boiling water down the drain a couple of times a week. The boiling water dissolves any grease or gunk that might be sticking to the sides of the pipes and gets any grease washed away before the 'gunk' can accumulate. I usually use the boiling water from cooking pasta or even potatoes in their jackets to rinse out the insides of the pipes. Haven’t had a clog in years! (tip submitted by MS, IA)

BUG KILLER, THE EASY WAY You can make a disposable fly/bug trap for all of the creepy, crawly, flying types of critters that abound during the summer months. All you need are some plastic jugs of some kind (gallon milk or vinegar jugs work well), and a piece of heavy twine or rope if you want to hang it in a tree or on a fencepost.

In addition to the jug, you will need the following items:

What part of 'NO' don’t you understand?

• Banana skins (I freeze these ahead of time so I can make up several jugs at once)

If I’ve old you once, I’ve told you a thousand times.

• A little sugar

Turn off the lights if there is nobody in the room. Don't make me stop this car! If I catch you doing that one more time, I’ll... As long as you try your hardest and do your best, that’s all that matters. Don’t believe everything you hear. Do you hear me talking to you? Don’t you dare use that tone of voice with me!

• Some sweet pickle juice or some vinegar I take the jug and poke a few holes around the top of the jug and then tie a piece of rope to/through the handle. Tie a doubled up piece of heavy twin or a lightweight rope around the top of the jug or through the handle. Then, I take about three banana peelings and chop them up real fine. Then add about ¼ cup of sugar and ¼ cup of vinegar, stir it up and then add some water. Pour it in the jug and then finish filling the jug half-full of water. Set these outside, AWAY from doors and windows or hang them on a tree branch. In a few days, the stuff will ferment and attract wasps, flies and other crawlies drawn to the sticky juice. They get stuck and drown. When the jug gets to looking really 'icky’, just toss it away and make up another jug. I’ve used these in my fruit trees to keep the bugs that put holes in my apples away.

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I have a son who is severely allergic to wasps and these really help around the farm shop and other outbuildings to keep them under control. There is nothing in this concoction that would harm a child or a critter in case of any spills. And, they are so easy to replace as needed.

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times a day when it’s close to 100 ° and they get along just

There comes a time when the character lunchbox is passé and said kiddo wants something more up-to-date. What to do with the old, yet still serviceable lunch box? One reader suggested turning it into a portable first aid kit to go in the tool box of a 4-wheeler. Bandages, ointment, tweezers (for stickers from cactus), adhesive tape and some of those pre-moistened disinfectant wipes in individual packages are in mine. It’s saved the day several times! (tip submitted by KJ, NM)


couple of them out when the weather is over 80 degrees and

fine (they are well shaded anyway, but this is just a little

For the teenagers in the house, to take blackheads and dead skin spots off of your face, use a small brush and paint some white school glue on the spots. Let it dry and peel off the glue. The dead skin cells and a good share of the blackheads will come right off too. Crazy, yes–but it works! (tip submitted by BN, UT)

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"A Labor of Love: Alpacas", Continued from page A12 end breed stock. When compared to other livestock, the North American alpaca industry is still in its infancy and until recently, the focus of the industry was developing a national herd with high-quality fiber. Now, with more than 230,000 registered alpacas, alpaca business owners can shift their focus to other qualities of this livestock. "The alpaca industry followed the natural progression of any livestock industry," said Osborne. "But the change in the business doesn't mean we throw the baby out with the bathwater!" Osborne's focus today is to be an asset to her community by providing jobs, hosting community events and tours and providing community service hours to high school students. Osborne also concentrates on her farm store where she sells handcrafted alpaca fiber products. She also cares for alpacas other owners board at her ranch, which provides additional income."I have built a family of boarders and we gather at the farm for felting days, where we create items to sell in the store," said Osborne. "We've begun making nuno scarves, which shoppers have come to expect. Around the holidays, they sell like hotcakes!" Dr. Jeri Booher, owner of Timberland Alpacas in Forest Grove, Oregon, and co-president of CABA, also knows that as with any business, change can happen at any time, and can directly affect your operation. "When the economy took a hit, all businesses were affected," said Dr. Booher, "Successful business owners adjusted accordingly."

Becoming part of an agricultural community Joining organizations focused on the alpaca and livestock industry offers countless resources to help ensure a successful alpaca ownership. Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. regional affiliates, FFA, 4H, State Farm Bureaus and County Agricultural Extension offices can provide access to local resources. Everything about the care of any livestock is easier when you have help and support to guide you in the proper direction instead of reinventing the wheel on your own.

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A labor of love While many alpaca business owners do, indeed, enjoy their morning cup of coffee while watching their herd in the field, this is just a small portion of their day. Just like any livestock owner, alpaca owners put a lot of labor into their business. Stacie and Skip Chavez, owners of Albuquerque Alpacas in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, start each morning and end each day caring for their herd. They check on the wellbeing of each animal, feed and water them, and then go into the field and barn to clean manure.

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Stacie arranged for Seed2Need, a local organization that grows food for people in need to pick up manure every other week. Alpaca manure is a rich soil conditioner that improves soil quality and its ability to retain water. Now, Seed2Need sells composted alpaca manure to help fund their efforts. Ensuring proper shelter, solid fencing, general health checks and regular vetting and assisting in the birth of crias (baby alpacas) are just some of the other dayto-day tasks a successful alpaca business owner faces. The common element you will find with all successful alpaca business owners is that they enjoy what they do. And there are so many things about this livestock to enjoy. The alpaca industry is, in many cases, 100 percent American made from start to finish. Employees are being hired to work on farms, creating jobs for Americans. The alpaca industry receives no government subsidies or other similar support. Alpacas are environmentally friendly. When compared to other livestock, alpacas are a safe animal for children to work with, and the entire family can get involved.

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Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA), headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, serves as the national livestock association for alpacas in North America. As the largest alpaca association in the world, AOA facilitates the expansion of a strong and sustainable alpaca industry through the tracking of bloodlines, registration and transfer of alpacas, national educational outreach, the national show system, marketing, public relations and its highly respected judges training program. The AOA affiliate organizations support ranches within geographical areas. For complete list of affiliates, and for more information on how to join AOA, visit "The owners of the rescued herd were not active members of any of the national, regional or local organizations that we are aware of," said Lona Nelsen Frank of ALPACAS of Tualatin Valley, LLC. "They did not participate in industry events or shows. They did


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Organize the Room You Live In Aside from the fact that many of us hang out in the kitchen and dump our stuff there, what other room do you and your family hang out in when gray days or tired evening hours arrive? The living room or the family room, perhaps? Whatever you call this room, do you feel some days that it could just be dubbed the messy room? How was it looking after television on Sunday? Whichever room people “live in” in your home, pick up some tips to simplify this high-use evening and weekend family habitat. Sometimes our “family” room holds more stuff than family: remote controls, videos, CDs, books, newspapers, games, hobbies, slippers, blankets, stuffed animals, coffee cups, and whatever else everyone in my family happened to be holding in their hands when they walked into the room. Aarrgh!

wear pattern on the floor around it. It also made more room for my children to roll around safely on the floor and play. They won’t always be young, but right then not having a coffee table was a good fit for my family’s style. Eliminate or store excess furniture or decorating if you can.

I am glad my family has a hangout, and I wouldn’t even want to change their habits of using it (much). I think the techniques we use to organize and simplify whatever room we’re talking about could fit the people who live there. Perfect people don’t live here. We do!

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Weed Out Since my family seems to constantly add to the clutter in our family room, I try to weed out any excess clutter in the room itself. With books, CDs, DVDs, and other things already sitting around, I don’t need to overdress this spot with decorating knick-knacks too. Spring cleaning is also a good time to donate books, magazines, videos, and anything else your family may have outgrown or replaced during winter and the holidays. Keep in mind the famous “one in, one out” rule: If you received a new book, maybe it is time to pass on an old one…

Remove Excess Furniture Years ago, after observing the open living room floor space at our daycare provider’s home, I went home and eliminated our living room coffee table! (Okay, I stored it.) Before you shake your head, consider this: Getting rid of the coffee table reduced the heavy dirt and carpet

I am also in love with “containerizing” everything that can be contained. Piles of stuff sitting around looks messy. Stuff in containers looks calm, and neat to my eye. I’m picky here. I want the containers in the family room to be functional and to look nice too!

library books in a bag next to the end table instead of piled on top of the table. I even choose bags in colors that match the rooms they live in.

A Place For Everything If there are “homes” in the family room for stuff people use, it will make it easier for everyone to help keep things picked up. Sometimes things don’t get picked up because no one is sure where this stuff could go, or there isn’t any room left where these things are supposed to go. This is why periodically weeding out is important--unless you want to keep getting bigger containers and eventually bigger houses just to hold your stuff!

Maintenance After removing clutter and organizing the remainder into functional containers, there is maintenance. To keep a semblance of order in a high-use room, help family members get into the habit of taking something with them every time they leave the room. This will help “things” find their way back to their proper storage locations.

When we’re talking about furniture, I like enclosed entertainment centers and barrister-style bookcases— because I don’t have to look at all the little stuff or dust the open shelves all the time either. Wicker baskets are great too. They can hold anything from slippers or blankets to books, magazines, or craft projects.

Another trick is to spend five minutes straightening up the family room every night for a week. You will be surprised by the improvement. Set a kitchen timer. Don’t skip a night, but also don’t let five minutes expand into thirty--then you know you’ve stayed up too late and you won’t be inclined to clean up before bedtime again. It is amazing what can be done in five minutes per night. Try it before you laugh!

Larger boxed games and puzzles can be problematic because of their size, but they can also be stored near where they are used! Try a large wicker or plastic laundry basket, or use the space underneath a couch or loveseat, or add some shelving to a nearby closet or base cabinet to store them.

I like to nest in sometimes during evenings or weekends. It is a joy to burrow into the family room with my family for an evening or a Sunday afternoon. Purge the excess clutter, make homes for things your family enjoys using there, and maintain the room to make it a comfortable habitat for everyone.

In addition to baskets, I sometimes use nice large canvas bags to hold library books or a temporary project that I want to keep in the room. A sturdy canvas bag is multipurpose because I can just grab it when it is time to take our library books back, and it looks better to have our

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Larson said it’s important to train people within the industry to get a better sense of identifying those animals that are in categories 1 and 2. “We’re looking at mild to moderate lameness and that allows an opportunity to have an intervention. Can we treat these animals? Can we manage these animals to prevent them from becoming a category 3?” she said. Also, when lameness is recognized early, the success rate of treatment is higher and it is easier to mitigate the pain the animal is experiencing. “When we look at the Step-Up program, I think it’s important to recognize that we can apply it through the entire beef cattle production system,” emphasized Larson. “How we handle and manage cattle, and address issues

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Bolt Together Wheels, Aircraft Tires for Grain Carts, Feed Wagons, Manure Spreaders, Ag Hubs and Spindles, Tractor Rims, Skid Loader Wheels.

HEY MACHINERY CO., INC. 1602 W. High St. • Baldwin City, KS 66006

Web Site:

785-594-3441 Fax: 785-594-3311

USED TRACTOR PARTS C a l l U s Fi r s t

Chances are we have it at competitive prices. Same day shipping when possible. Over 3,800 tractors in stock. We now have a computerized parts locator service.

Bishopville, SC 800-543-2451, Fax 803-428-6070 Website: E-mail: Tractor, combine, picker and sprayer parts. High-quality new, used and remanufactured parts for many makes and models. Online shopping, 220 acres of salvage, same-day shipping. 06/14

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SKILLINGS TRACTOR 4100 Dialton Rd., Springfield, OH 45502 937-964-1486 Aftermarket parts available, used tractor parts, rebuilt torque and clutches. Call us for prices on O.H. Kits. 06/14

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WILLARD EQUIPMENT, INC. 2782 S.R. 99 South, Willard, OH 44890 419-933-6791 E-mail: Buy-Sell-Trade. Antique farm tractors, light industrial equipment parts & sales. New after-market parts available.06/14



1. Minimum 10-25% savings on new replacement parts for your Steiger Drivetrain. 2. 50% savings on any used parts. 3. We rebuild transmissions, dropboxes, and axles with 1 year warranty. 4. We buy running or damaged Steiger tractors. These are American Made!



513-796-2154 • 800-367-8751

U.S. or Canada


TEXAS FARMS & RANCHES FOR SALE Call Joe Priest, Licensed Texas & Oklahoma Broker

• 900 Ac., NE TX, nice improvements, excellent grass, 23 stock tanks, game, 3.9 mil. includes cattle and equipment. • NEW 735 Ac., LaMar Co., Paris, TX. Big 2-story ranch home, lake, miles of frontage road, minerals, excellent cattle pasture. Price reduced, $2,750,000. • NEW 211 Ac., beautiful home, in-ground heated pool and spa, grassy meadows, 4 miles from nice college town, Commerce, TX. $575,000 • 146 Ac., NE TX, ranch, game woods and meadows. 3/2/ homes, 2 nice barns, lake. $370,000. • 145 Ac., Limestone Co. Hunting and cattle, $1,750 per acre. • NEW 50 Ac., S.E. TX ranch, nice 3.2 home, excellent grass, 1 Ac. lake fenced, Trinity County.Very accessible to Houston, Lufkin surrounded by big prop. making big game abundant. Price - $350,000

Joe Priest Real Estate


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• We Have Over 8000 Parted Tractors • Many Late Models • New & Used Parts • UPS Daily *Nationwide parts locating service*

Anderson Tractor Supply, Inc. 20968 TR51 • Bluffton, OH 45817



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Pelletized Poultry Fertilizer

Spreads easily with lime spreading equipment. Suitable for organic farming. Superior alternative to chemical fertilizers. Stimulates soil health and improves crop production. Excellent source of slow-releasing nitrogen. Contains 80 lbs. of Nitrogen per ton.

Herbruck's Poultry Ranch, Inc.

Brian Geerlings, Fertilizer Sales Manager - Email:

Office (616) 642-9421 • Cell (616) 902-2025 • JUNE 2014

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NEW INVENTORY (400) 3x40 Half with Race riser & sprinklers $50 (1358) 4x40 Half with Race riser & sprinklers $60 (154) 5x40 Main, no risers $90 (70) 6x20 Race main line $75 (30) 6x20 Webster main $75 (14) 6x20 Rainbow main $75 (10) 6x30 Sure Rain main $90 (16) 6x20 Sure Rain main $75 (100) 8x40 Circlelock, Couplers stolen $120 (23) 8x30 A1 Rainway $120 (2000) Rainbird 30, rebuilt new, guarantee, brass $15 (500) Rainbird Brass 1470 rebuilt, guaranteed $25

2013 Off The Boat April 5" OD x 1476' All Hyd, All Extras $63,500 List

1995 Reinke 7 Hours 1175' All Hyd, All Extras




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(200) Rainbird 70, used, good $75 40 Acres 880 3x30 A1 crop lock with Webstermatic quick coupler and brass model 30s $1,250 acre will split up 40 Acres solid set yellow mine pipe, Webstermatic brass sprinklers, drag couplers $1,000 will divide

Irrigation Turbine 1100' x 4.3" $15,000 List Will Deliver

All Pipe With New Gaskets Freight Paid on Full Truckloads



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Eastern Farm And Livestock Directory | June 2014  

Equipment news, trends and technology, to general advice and interest stories for today’s crop and livestock farmers.

Eastern Farm And Livestock Directory | June 2014  

Equipment news, trends and technology, to general advice and interest stories for today’s crop and livestock farmers.