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DECEMBER 2012 Volume 14 | Issue 12

“Our farmers deserve praise, not condemnation; and their efficiency should be cause for gratitude, not something for which they are penalized.” – President John F. Kennedy

‘To Grandma's House We Go’ by Jan Perdew


For more information about Jan Perdew, see her biography on page A1 inside.

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In This Issue: Hydronic Radiant Floor Heat 101 (part three) ........ A6 Test Your Farm Safety Knowledge ............................ A7

AND Livestock Directory

Venison: The Other Red Meat (by Ken Knight) ........ A2

Volume 14, Issue 12 • December 2012

Monthly Favorites: What's New: Equipment & Products .................A4 Pennywise ......................................................A10 Keeping the Family Farm in the Family .............A8 Pony Tales by PONTY ......................................A3 Farm and Ranch Life .........................................A9 Clutter Clearing Choices .................................A14 Positive Outlook & Your Other 8 Hours ..........A12 Product Spotlight ............................................A17

Jan Perdew

In the years that followed she has created well over 100 originals on canvas and items ranging from saw blades to a Model A show pickup tailgate, a hog feeder to bedpans, and “just about anything that will hold still long enough”. This is why Jan calls herself a “genuine recycler” since she can turn most any unused item into a work of art. Her artwork is primarily landscapes of farm country featuring farm life and wildlife from the area she grew up. Jan likes to com-



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Jan finds release from life's pressures when working on her creations, losing herself in the memories of those “Seasons Remembered” days. As the scene takes shape in her mind, she makes a rough sketch on paper to get the concept down and start working out the details of what cars and activities will be featured in the scene. Spending numerous hours searching for just the right photo of the car to make sure the details are right. The public does not miss this as they comment that each time they look at the painting, they see something in the scene they did not see before. "Wow, look there is my old car!" and "I was there and did that!" are commonly heard as someone looks at her work. Jan does not limit her painting to cars, she also paints dogs, tractors, wildlife, farms and much more from photos or her own imagination. For Jan each creation is a work of love and is meant to bring back fond memories of those times and “Seasons Remembered”. For more information or to view Jan Perdew’s works, contact her publisher, Meg’s Art World, either on the web at or call toll free at 866-283-6528 for a free brochure.


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plete a project as soon as she can after starting it, calling herself "an impatient artist" as she always seems to have another idea urgently wanting to be worked on. Her love of oil painting has never died, although at times had to slow down a bit, but she still managed to keep the paintbrushes going.


Jan Perdew started painting nearly 38 years ago when she took basic art classes at the high school in Greenfield, Iowa, near where she grew up in rural Adair County. This was the only formal training that was to be the start of this artist's career. Times were simpler, less stressed, and kinds of cars could easily Artist Jan Perdew be recognized as they traveled down the roads. Muscle cars of the late 50’s,60’s, and early 70's ruled the roads. These were the days and activities that her children can barely imagine.

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Venison: the Other Red Meat

The 'Other Red Meat' Requires a Protocol of Due-Diligence.

–by KEN E. KNIGHT Venison is so much a member of the red meat group that it is nearly impossible to come upon the deer hunting season without comment — especially when it involves family, who has evolved into students of the trade. They, like most others, simply took for granted that every venison processor is qualified and trained in the process of cutting and wrapping venison. This became apparent in my college years at NDSU, and it was really driven home when my two daughters married avid hunters. They married brothers, of whom neither had ever been exposed to the fine art of venison cuisine. It was chop/chop without much attention to detail, particularly that of wholesomeness and health related inspection issues. This was a challenge that I couldn’t let pass, so I put on my teaching hat and drifted back in time to that vintage period of University meat labs. I’m proud to point out that the Kinneman brothers turned out to be my finest students of the trade. You probably have it figured out that the Kinneman brothers are my sons-in-law, and they have now joined their younger brother in the business of Kinneman Bros. Venison Meat Processing. The kinship of the Kinnemans (including four grandchildren) is an inordinate relationship, incomparable to that of any other. They have such a passion for the sport, that to take it to the next level seemed only natural — as natural as natures own unbounded creation of beauty. Is there anything more beautiful then that of deer grazing in lush green fields; protected by the sanctuary of a thickly wooded refuge? However, we also know that when man intercedes, the intent of creation also

becomes tainted. Such is the case when a deer hunter wakes up to a brisk cool morning with a spring in his step and a loaded muzzle in his hand. It’s the kind of ’unbridled caution' that will turn the best of times and intentions into a disaster for many. With the deer hunting season about to open, it seems appropriate to raise the awareness level of the health risks involved in eating uninspected meat – or that which is processed by a novice. Unfortunately, this describes the processing of most venison—thus the reasons for finding lead in the meat, as well as other adulterations and health issues. Deer that is properly dressed and processed will be free of any and all foreign material. Utilization of every cut will be maximized and upgraded for value. Scrutiny for health issues such as Chronic Wasting Disease and other abnormalities will be observed and dealt with in a responsible manner. Tissues directly associated with CWD, inclusive of brain, spine, and other affected areas of the carcass will be completely destroyed. A trained eye and a preciosity for cleanliness and sanitation should be the norm for all venison processors. This is simply a statement of caution to make you aware of taking every precaution to keep it clean, keep it dry, keep it cold, and keep it healthy. The Kinneman Bros. adhere to these processing precautions and would advise others to likewise check out such credentials when comparing venison processors. To turn a prejudiced eye translates into huge risk factors when you consider the average novice has no training in the skills of recognizing potential disease carrying characteristics, nor proper meat processing procedures.

These are disconcerting issues, for which many ignore. But Chronic Wasting Disease may be the wakeup call that will give venison its due-diligence. CWD is a fatal brain disease that is found to be spreading in deer and elk across this entire country. Although experts say there is no scientific evidence the disease can infect humans, the World Health Organization advices people not to eat any part of a deer with evidence of the disease. In spite of this presumptuous evidence, hunters are demanding to know whether the deer they kill this fall will have the disease. Unfortunately, testing is the only way to find out. But, be aware that affected animals will appear sick – thin, weak, emaciated – a fact that doesn’t go unnoticed with the Kinneman Bros. This information is not intended to raise unfounded fear; rather, it is to inform you about the health risks of red meat when due diligence is ignored — and to further embrace and support the Federal Meat Inspection Program. It points out that this program is vital to the welfare of the meat industry, or it would go untamed, suffering the ramifications of venison, which at best, is indisputably unsettling. Not a pretty picture, but it is an issue that I’ve been concerned about for many years. Back in my college years at North Dakota State University, I can remember venison being processed that was genuinely unfit for human consumption. I worked my way through college working for the Meat and Animal Science Department in various capacities. But, the most profitable venue was that of processing deer. In a good long evening I could process four deer at the income rate of $25.00 per head. An income of $100.00 per day was unthinkable back in those days, so I

always enjoyed the false sense of being rich for at least a few weeks out of the year. After being married for 50-plus years, I now realize that it conjured up other false feelings. Living in a trailer house located on campus, just a few blocks from the meat lab, gave my wife an accessible view to see when the lab lights were turned off. She always made mention of the fact that this was how she knew when to expect me home. I thought she was just anxious to see me, little did I know it was all about the money. Making the money was a bonus, but seeing the deteriorated condition of deer carcasses was enough to turn me away from venison for a good long time. Many would be brought in on the hood of a hot car, warm temperatures, and with the appearance of being eviscerated with pinking shears. As apparently audacious as this now seems, I have since come to realize this presented a potentially hazardous health risk. Hope this has raised your awareness level of properly handling and processing venison — and may all of your hunting experiences be approached with a cautious sense of health risk, and a renewed appreciation for those involved in the sport, like that of the Kinneman Bros, who take venison processing to a higher level of integrity.

Read also: "Students of the Hunt" page A3.

“PROFITS GROW WITH KNIGHTRO” –Ken E. Knight 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, W11911 County Road FF, River Falls, WI 54022, phone toll free 1-877-KNIGTRO, 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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Pony Tales by PONTY:

Students of the Hunt: Deer/Dear? There is no greater honor than to be emulated by your peers or family members. It probably becomes even closer than that when it’s your sons-in-law. They represent a new chapter in your life that will forever change both yours and theirs. These relationships started long before they were married to my daughters, Deb and Pam. They were courting Ron and Randy (brothers), and instead of whispering sweet nothings in their ear, they must have whispered a secret about their Dad’s knowledge about meat processing. That was about 30 years ago, and the brothers have done nothing but get bigger and more sophisticated in their meat processing skills. It intrigued their younger brother so much that he went on to study at a certified meat processing

school, and is now the boss of the operation — Kinneman Bros. Deer Processing. I thought our good father/son relationship was all about me, but it didn’t take long to find out it was more about what I could teach them about deer processing. The boys are serious, passionate deer hunters, so any skills I could bring to the table were welcomed with open arms. Again, I thought it was just a warm embrace, little did I know they were grabbing for a knife with their other hand, not just any knife, for they were soon to learn the value of sharp and presentation. Their business continues to grow every year, with nothing more than word of mouth advertising from satisfied customers. Rather than opening a package of a hacked up, unidentifiable mess, they

are pleasantly surprised to see cuts that are beautifully presented with a look of professionalism. Once you experience the difference yourself you’ll never go back to the hackers. There is so little known about how to properly process venison that most of it ends up being a total waste. If you aren’t willing to pay a little extra to make your hunt worth the time and expense, then it must just be about the hunting experience. But it could be about so much more. Just experience the satiety value of Kinneman processed venison. For it is written: Ecclesiastes 2:10 “For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from my labor.”

Commentary: Waste Not, Want Not?

Most Americans take food for granted If you’ve ever tossed leftovers or overripe fruit without considering tomorrow’s lunch or creative baking, you’re part of the problem. “We throw away 242 pounds of food per person per year,” said Brad Morgan, senior food safety and production efficiency specialist with Pfizer Animal Health.

to become less wasteful.”


That goes for every step of the chain, from harvest to distribution to the consumer level.

Reducing waste is one part of the global food supply equation. “It’s just the right thing to do,” Morgan said. The other variable is increasing production, which requires new innovations. But Morgan cautioned that it can’t be at the expense of consumer satisfaction.

“In World War I, they talked about food as a weapon. Don’t waste it. Buy it wisely,” he said, “World War II they said it again. Rationing, grow your victory gardens, do your part.”

That’s about 1,400 calories per person per day, and roughly 1.3 billion tons of food per year.

As prices escalate, the conversation turns in that direction again.

Morgan shared these facts at this year’s Feeding Quality Forum in Grand Island, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas.

“Whenever we have times like this, I think it forces us to do things we never would have done before,” Morgan said.

“We spend about 7% of our disposable income to feed our families,” he said. “In Europe they spend anywhere from 13% to 28% of their income. What am I getting at? One, we take food for granted. Two, it’s cheap. And three, we always expect it to be there.”

Other countries provide examples. In South Korea, they charge citizens for food waste disposal. During the first year of implementation they cut food waste by 20%, or $4.3 billion worth.

But many have heard the stats pointing to the need to feed 9 to 10 billion people by 2050. That’ll take more technology for certain, he said, but also, “We’ve got

Some European grocery stories have changed from “buy one get one free” marketing to “buy one now, get one free—later.” During a shopper’s return visit to the store, they can pick up the free item so it doesn’t go bad in the

In this country, shoppers still have the luxury of being discerning. “People buy beef for a reason, and it’s not because it’s cheap,” he said. “They buy it because they like the flavor of it.” Technology that makes animals “stronger, faster, more efficient,” needs be used judiciously. “There has got to be a balancing act, because it doesn’t matter how cheap or efficient it is to get it there if people don’t want to buy it,” Morgan said. _________________________________ The seventh annual meetings were cosponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, Purina Land O’ Lakes, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) and Feedlot Magazine.

In South Korea, citizens are charged for food waste disposal. During the first year of implementation they cut food waste by 20%, or $4.3 billion worth.

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A Universal Skid Steer Adapter for standard pin-on loaders is now available from Worksaver, Inc., to increase pin-on loader productivity by converting to the skid steer attachment. The unit is 54” wide and 21.5” high and can be paired with standard pin-on brackets or interfacing brackets from Worksaver.

Hiniker recently introduced a new VOD Variable Orifice Distributor for anhydrous ammonia application rate control. The 17 port VOD controls anhydrous flow by simultaneously varying the orifice opening at all 17 distribution ports, maintaining pressure all the way to the distribution point. A typical NH3 rate control system uses a ball valve or butterfly valve to regulate flow prior to the point of distribution. The pressure drop created at the outlet of the pressure valve can allow anhydrous ammonia to flash into a vapor, creating an erratic mix of liquid and vapor. This varying mixture then flows to a manifold for distribution to each knife. The Hiniker VOD system eliminates the pressure reducing ball or butterfly valve from the process. The result is near tank pressure with a liquid state maintained all the way to the point of distribution, allowing more consistent distribution and superior knife-to-knife accuracy, all without the need for a pressure pump.

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Farmer Boy AG Announces the Launch of the I-plus3 Control Pan Farmer Boy AG is excited to announce the launch of the Iplus3 Control Pan by Cumberland. It utilizes three infrared beams to detect feed levels, which allows for accurate and reliable operation of the feeding system. When the Iplus3 Control Pan fills with feed and breaks all three sensor beams, the auger stops automatically. When feed drops below the sensor beams, the auger will restart after a 60-second delay. Infrared technology requires no moving parts or sensitivity adjustments, making the I-plus3 Control Pan a low maintenance alternative to traditional control pan designs. It also includes a built-in power supply for the optional Hi-Lo Control Pan LED Light. The light stimulates bird activity to the feed line control pan and provides 360º of light coverage as well as substantial energy savings per year. The I-plus3 end control pans and center house control pans are available in E-feeder and Hi-Lo VIII models. Farmer Boy AG, Inc. has been at the forefront of the livestock and poultry industry, constructing facilities for these industries as well as providing a complete line of parts and supplies to keep those facilities running for years to come. Regardless of market conditions, Farmer Boy AG strives to give customers “The Best Value in Ag Supplies!” For more information on the I-plus3 Control Pan, contact the Farmer Boy AG Sales Department at 800-845-3374. A4

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New Holland Ushers in a New Level of Comfort & Control in Boomer Compact Tractor Series New Holland's Boomer™ Series II 3040, 3045, and 3050 compact cab tractors (40-50 hp) with SuperSuite™ cab usher in a new level of compact tractor comfort, ease-of-use and control. The factory-installed SuperSuite cab provides a quiet and comfortable environment for efficient year-round operation. With 60 cu. ft. of interior space, this cab is the largest in the compact tractor market. "The SuperSuite cab provides big tractor amenities that allow operators to climb in, stretch out, and feel right at home," says Dan Valen, Residental/Municipal/Commercial/Utilty Marketing Segment Leader. "These big tractor cab features translate into hours of safe, efficient and fatigue-free operation."

McHale’s Specialized Farm Machinery Provides Increased Efficiency in the Field Specializing in the production of round and square bale wrappers, McHale has developed a wide range of agricultural machinery to address one of the most common aspects of farming. Decades of experience have led to its manufacturing leadership role, highlighted by the introduction of the McHale Fusion 3 Integrated Baler. The wrapper consists of an 18-roller fixed-chamber baler and integrated vertical wrapping ring. With increased demand from farmers and contractors to reduce operating costs, the Fusion 3 combines two traditionally separate jobs, baling and bale wrapping, into one single operation, performed by one man and one machine. McHale has delivered balers and bale wrappers to more than 40 countries around the globe from its Ireland headquarters. Each custom-built piece of equipment is developed and tested to meet the end users’ exact requirements. Final products are put through a rigorous testing process, including actual farming conditions in countries with highend users and volume, such as Ireland, England, Scotland, Scandinavia and New Zealand. McHale’s inventory of balers and wrappers also includes fixed-chamber round balers, variable-chamber round balers, round bale wrappers, square bale wrappers, handling equipment, straw blowers and bale feeders. “McHale takes great pride in ensuring every product meets their customers’ highest standards, from production and delivery, to operational efficiency and durability working out in the fields,” stated Doug Edney, Edney Distributing, distributor for McHale in the United States. “Working

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General Equipment Company Offers New Engines on Its One-Man Hole Diggers General Equipment Company announced that it would use Honda GX35 all-position, four-stroke engines on its 240 Hole Diggers.

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The 240 is a one-man, hand-held unit that is intended for digging holes up to 8 inches (203 mm) in diameter in a wide variety of unconsolidated soil classifications. Standard auger digging depth is 30 inches (762 mm). The available 15-inch-long (381 mm), plain-tube extension can be used to extend digging depth when required.

Applegate has considered the needs of real livestock producers everywhere and has designed a product that meets and exceeds those requirements through its versatility, efficiency, low cost and ease of use.

Furthermore, the 240 features the unique Comfort Zone™ handle configuration that is designed to maximize operator strength while minimizing any kickback experienced during the hole digging process. In business for more than 50 years, General Equipment Company is a family-owned manufacturer of earth augers, ventilation blowers, asphalt cutters and surface preparation equipment. For more information, call General Equipment Co. at 507-451-5510 or 800-533-0524. Visit the website at ________________________________________

Applegate’s ATV Feeder Provides an End to Bucket Feeding Applegate Livestock Equipment has announced the addition of the Feed Train ATV feeder to its line of products. Manufactured in Unionville, Missouri, the ATV Feeder offers the perfect alternative to bucket feeding livestock in remote areas and brings about new possibilities for farmers worldwide.

The GX35 is an air-cooled, 35.8-cubic-centimeter-displacement engine that provides 1.3 net horsepower, and produces a maximum drilling torque of 50 ft-lbs. (68 N.m.). The all-position feature of the engine allows the 240 to be operated and stored in any position without causing service issues. Additionally, the four-stroke design provides higher

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Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing Introduces New Front-Mounted Snowblower for Compact Tractors Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing has introduced its new 600CT snowblower for compact tractors. It features the industry’s first concentric-axis design, meaning the impeller and auger rotate on the same shaft to improve performance and reduce maintenance concerns. Additionally, the standard quick-attach, front-mount design of the blower allows full articulation of the loader’s arms during operation. The 600CT has a 74-inch cutting width and a 28-inch cutting height for managing tall drifts and snow piles. The 18inch, four-blade impeller rotates the same direction as the auger to effectively direct snow into the discharge chute. To power the unit, the 600CT comes with a hydraulic pump, which installs on the tractor’s mid-mount PTO shaft and uses oil from the loader circuit of the tractor. The blower also comes with a solenoid valve for electric-over-hydraulic control of the discharge chute and deflector. Once the system is installed, an operator can remove the 600CT and switch back to the loader bucket in just a few minutes. Also available is a rear-mounted pump option, which requires the user to purchase an additional step-up gearbox to rearmount the PTO pump.

The ATV feeder supports many types of feed (including cubes) and features a feed capacity of 500 lbs. and a 4” auger, designed to fill bunks of all heights. The feed tank is translucent white plastic, so feed flows easily and is visible at all times. Efficiency and low cost were key factors considered by Bob Lutz, owner of Feed Train when designing the ATV feeder. “The new ATV feeder has been an instant hit in the industry! It eliminates the need for costly bucket feeding and can be utilized to transport and distribute many types of feed, pellets or other products,” explains Applegate’s Sales Manager, Aaron Applegate, “Bob has designed this product with the true cattle person in mind.” In addition to the features mentioned by Applegate, the ATV Feeder includes a large 18”x28” opening lid for easy loading and a dual-speed controller with 15 ft. cord that dispenses feed at two speeds: LO = 9 seconds/5 gallon or HI = 4.5 seconds/5 gallon. The ATV feeder attaches to all styles of ATVs using a 2” ball hitch at 12” height. Tire size is NOVEMBER 20 12

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The popularity of radiant floor heat and sales are rising each year, and more and more consumers are adding radiant floor heating systems to their projects and improvements. Radiant floor heat creates some questions when first starting. In this article series, I will explain the key points of radiant floor heat, and give you the confidence to start including radiant floor heat in your projects. –by LES GRAHAM

What information is needed to get a project started? The design needs to be done by someone who has a background in the business. I won’t bore you with the details of design, but listed below is an theoretic example of what information a designer would need to get you started. •

Dimensions of building; width, length and height

What is the purpose of the building (example: farm shop, body shop, etc.)

Any obstructions, such as division walls, trench drains, hoist, mechanics pit, etc.

How many concrete pours?

Type of fasteners (zip ties, staples, screw clips)

is being built, and someone wants to save $300.00 on floor tubing that is encased in concrete.) •

A few people have cut or drilled into their loops. Most of those have carefully chiseled concrete away and fixed the tubing with a coupler.

One installation problem that I was told about was when an installer did not use enough fasteners with a Pex tubing. The Pex tubing was springing up to the surface as the power trowel was going over the pour. The trowel cut the tubing in several places – not a pretty picture!

Heat Loss; R-values, door sizes, window sizes, inside temperature, etc.

With the above information, a designer can suggest loop layout, on center spacing, loop lengths, pump sizing, boiler sizing, etc.

Notice the Pex-Al-Pex staying flat on the Styrofoam. Air test is on tubing and ready for the concrete.

What kinds of problems have occurred with radiant floor heat?

Final thoughts/ Summary

Too long of loop lengths.

Hydronic radiant floor heat is here to stay, and has many benefits when compared to conventional heating systems. It is pretty simple when starting a project. You need to consider insulation under and around the perimeter, weather you want to use Pex-Al-Pex or regular Pex, and you need to have a design person involved.

Too small of pumps or heat source.


Incorrect on center spacing of the loops.

Layout patterns not matching the building.

Pour quality products. (I find it ironic that when an expensive building

Over the years, I’ve mainly ran into design type problems. Very rarely have I seen an installation problem. Some of the design problems I’ve encountered are:

Les Graham is president and owner of Radiant Outfitters based out of New London, Minnesota. Graham has 24 years of experience in radiant floor heating and has certified with the Radiant Panel Association.

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Test Your Farm Safety Knowledge Children on the Farm

Grain Harvest

Raising awareness of agricul-



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derstand that one action leads to another,

to become hopelessly trapped in flowing

sibility among us all, and we

that behavior has consequences. True or


1997-2002, 92 percent of the fatalities

each have the power to make


a) less than 6 seconds

following “warned against behaviors.”

a difference. The Progressive Agriculture


Most four- and five-year-olds un-

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child) interferes with this normal operation

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and handling of the vehicle. According to the ATV Safety Institute, from were associated with one or more of the

b) less than 1 minute

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Safety Day program was

While physical changes are obvious,

c) less than 2 minutes

• Carrying at least one passenger on single

created in 1995 to prevent

mental and emotional changes are difficult.

rider ATVs.

Preschool children are developmentally

d) more than 5 minutes

farm and ranch related injury among rural youth.

unable to clearly understand cause and


• Riding on a public road

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affect relationships. They should be super-

to making farm and ranch

vised carefully and be provided with safe

life safer and healthier for

distractions. They need physical barriers,

all children through fun and

such as fences, gates and locks to keep

interactive education and training. The program offers education on more than 30 farm safety topics , including

them away from danger. No one, especially pre-school children should be allowed to ride on machinery.

farm equipment, tractor, PTO, weather and food safety to name a few.

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If you have no other safe place

A proactive approach to pro-

for a child to stay while you drive a tractor,

moting farm safety programs

it is OK to let them ride in a tractor cab

helps us prepare children for harmful or dangerous situa-

with you. True or False?

why it is so important that children NEVER play in grain wagons or grain bins. The

• Operating at excessive speed

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• Youth riding adult-sized ATVs

realizing that a child is on the grain. Once the grain begins to flow, it is like quicksand, with objects sinking quickly in the grain. If the child is completely buried, grain can fill the lungs and air passages or there may be no air available, with

prevent the child from breathing. Think again if you believe you can quickly pull a

to ensure they stay safe.

children. Children under 12 should

exceed 2,000 pounds. This would be like

NEVER be on or near a tractor. Tractors are

trying to pull a small car from the grain.

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built for one person to operate to perform

Keep children away from flowing grain.

Foundation (PAF) oversees

specific tasks. Passengers on tractors in-

Plan a safe, supervised place where they

terfere with the safe operation of a tractor.

can play.

events in their communities. The Foundation received

submerged child from the grain. The force

of the tractor wheels. While some tractors



c) 200 miles per hour. The cut-

ting edge of a mower blade can travel at speeds up to 200 miles per hour. Materials such as toys, stones, sticks and equipment parts can become projectiles when struck by a blade. Traveling at speeds up to 200

people, animals and property. Always pick


have a second seat, it is for use in teaching

events which will reach nearly

a teen or adult to drive a tractor. Remem-

100,000 children in 2012.

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How many passengers, at most,

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an area before you mow. Keep children well away from the area where you are debris. ____________________________________

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damage to anything they hit. This includes

requests for 432 Safety Day

than a child.

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miles per hour, these items can do serious

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out of a lawnmower discharge chute?

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the pressure of the grain on the chest can

required to remove the child can easily

ground, there is a real danger of passengers

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one cause of farm-related fatalities among

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the farm and what they can do

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the end result of either being suffocation.


provides training resources

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tions they can encounter on

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Necessary Topics for a Successful Estate Plan By Michael Baron Owner/Manager of Great Plains, Diversified Services, Inc., Bismarck, ND

Contract Deed For Government Involvement Dear Michael: We would like to protect our property in the event we enter a nursing home or need some type of long-term care. If we sell our land to our son on the farm on a contract for deed, rather than renting it to him, Medicaid couldn't take this property away from our son, could they? Also, do they require that we charge a certain interest rate on the contract for deed? - Selling Out to Protect the Land. Dear Selling: There are a lot of different issues that come in to play when you think about using a contract for deed on selling land and having it protected. First of all, you have to remember there's not one but two government agencies involved in such a transaction. There is Medicaid or Department of Health and Human Services and there is the Internal Revenue Service or IRS. These are two entirely different agencies and they have two entirely different criteria and concerns – although some of them may overlap in some cases. First of all, let's talk about the minimum interest rate you can charge on a loan. This is primarily an IRS criteria and not so much Medicaid's. IRS states for any loans over nine years, in the month of October, you must charge at least 2.87% interest upon any contract for deeds. For periods of less than nine years, there is a lesser interest rate allowable. I say 'this month' because IRS changes this rate monthly, and likely there will be a different rate in November. If you do not charge this much interest, IRS can put 'imputed interest' (interest you didn't charge but should have) on your income tax return and make you pay income tax upon the amount. Now, let's talk about an issue where both IRS and Medicaid become involved and this would be in the arena of 'gifting'. IRS has a rule that if you gift more than $13,000 to a grantee, then the excess would come off of your Unified Credit. As many of you know, this Unified Credit is $5,120,000 individual and $10,240,000 for a married couple. However, this Credit may change at year's end depending on what Congress does with the entire income tax bill after the election. If one were to make a major gift in the year 2012, you would still be under the $5,120,000 Credit this year. However, if next year this Credit decreases, it may mean the gift you made in 2012 might make the entire remainder of your property wholly taxable because the gift goes against the Credit in the year of your death, as well as the year you made the gift. The best solution, from a possible changing Unified Credit standpoint, is to give everything away in 2012 so you have no other property left in 2013. In practicality, gifting away your last nickel is usually not a good idea. Medicaid, on the hand, has a wholly different agenda. If you need to apply for Medicaid in the future, they are curious whether you made 'any' gifts within the past five years under the five-year look back period. They don't care about $13,000 this or five million credit that. They want to know how long your are ineligible for Medicaid benefits based on any and all gifts you made. On this contract for deed, if the value you charge for the property is lower than the market value of the land (market value determined by an appraiser), then the difference would be considered a 'gift'! A 'gift' means to IRS you gave away a portion of your Unified Credit early. A8

A 'gift' to Medicaid means you are ineligible for Medicaid benefits if you should need care within the next five years. The simple formula Medicaid uses is to take the amount of the gift, divide it by your costs of care, and that's how long you are ineligible. For example, the appraised price was $300,000 and your son pays $200,000. This means a 'gift' of $100,000 to your son. IRS will say you lost $87,000 ($100,000 minus the $13,000 allowed) from your Unified Credit. Depending on what you have left and what the Credit is in the future, this may or may not be a 'huge' issue – no one knows for certain.

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Medicaid will say, if you need to apply for benefits, the $100,000 gift divided by, let's say for example, $3,000/month costs of care would make you ineligible for Medicaid benefits for 33 1/3 months or until your death, whichever comes first. After the fifth year, on a contract for deed, although Medicaid cannot bring in the 'gift' portion of the sale, they still has the power to call the note in so you can pay for your care. After the fifth year, if your son still owes $150,000 on the contract for deed, he will be going to the bank to pay this loan off, place that money into your checking account, and likely he won't get the new loan locked in for 2.87% for the entire term any longer. At least the 'gift' portion can no longer be brought in any longer, however, so it's a step in the right direction. These are all items you can look up on IRS's website and the Department of Health and Human Services website to do these calculations. Again, I'm not advising you to do one thing or another – I'm just giving some examples based on their website information. _________________________________________

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was familiar with the complex demands of running a farming operation. But as she lamented, “I’m finding that everyday there are many challenging issues and I am trying to hold it together and keep building what my husband and I had worked so hard for in the last 39 years.”


Linda’s comment brings up a matter that Scheerer and Brandt also observed: “Three [of seven] women felt an initial need to maintain the farm in honor of their husbands, and were hesitant to make changes after the death. The farm was a connection of home, family, work and income, which provided livelihood, purpose, common goals, and sense of self.”

By Dr. Michael R. Rosmann

Competent, Brave Widows Who Farm Recently a widow whose husband passed earlier this year asked me to address the topic of how to keep on farming. She said “I’m finding out it isn’t going to be easy but I want to try.” “Linda” and her husband farmed together since they married in their teens almost 40 years ago. Linda wants to continue the farm operation with her son-in-law, who has helped for the past several years. Linda also found support from her brother-in-law, who helped her find a lawyer who charged by the hour, instead of their farm business lawyer who asked a fee of two percent of the value of the estate. She also found that several of the landlords from whom they leased farmland wanted a one-year lease. “I think they believe I won’t want to continue,” Linda said. After expressing my sympathy to Linda I also expressed my admiration for her bravery. I remembered an article I had reviewed and recommended for publication in a 2001 issue of the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health by University of Kentucky researchers, Amy Scheerer and Victoria Brandt. Scheerer and Brandt reported that the seven farm widows they interviewed “had little time for bereavement when much of their time and attention was directed toward necessary chores and making decisions about economic issues of the farm.” Linda also found what Scheerer and Brandt further reported: “support from family, friends and neighbors went beyond emotional comforting to providing help with farm chores and guidance on financial decisions.” Linda has many female cohorts in the farming indus-

try. According to a 2011 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, women make up 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing nations around the world. More often, these females are agricultural laborers than farm operators. In the U.S. women comprise 14 percent of the main operators of some 2.2M farms, which is up from previous years, as reported in the most recent (i.e., 2007) U.S. Census of Agriculture. The 2007 Census of Agriculture indicates that the average U.S. farm headed by women is smaller (i.e., 210 acres) than the average of all U.S. farms (i.e., 418 acres), and more likely devoted to vegetable or specialized animal (e.g., dairy, long-haired goat) production. But women comprise 67 percent of second operators of U.S. farms that have more than a single operator. These women are doing far more than “keeping the books” and handling the paperwork at the Farm Service Agency. Like Linda--who says she is running the combine this fall, almost half of women who operate U.S. farms are managing the livestock (e.g., swine, dairy) unit and field cropping. Women are also more likely than their husbands to be working off the farm, when both spouses are alive. When faced with the loss of their spouses, farm women have tough decisions to make: “Will there be enough income if I quit my job to take over the farm? Will I be able to afford the health insurance that came with my job? Am I up to the task of running the farm?” Linda grew up on a farm and helped her husband with farm work during all their years together, so she

Key questions that must eventually be decided are these: “Am I taking over the farm operation to preserve my husband’s wishes and his memory? Are there children or others whose farming methods I approve and who will benefit and perhaps take over or help me?” In Linda’s case, she likes farming and she has the help of a son-in-law and daughter who desire to farm. It can be said of Linda and her surviving family: “Farming—it’s in their blood.” In Linda’s situation, like other farm families, reminders of the lost loved one are constantly present on the farm because work roles and family life are blurred together in the same place. From time to time Linda may need breaks away from the farm to obtain new perspective. I am grateful to Linda for her willingness to share her situation with me and with readers of the Farm and Ranch Life column. She reviewed and approved this article. She deserves our highest respect. _______________________________________________________ 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. Email Dr. Rosmann at, or visit his website at You can call him at his office in Harlan, Iowa at 712-235-6100.

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How to Make Christmas Simple, Budget-Friendly, and Meaningful Do you remember the gifts you got for Christmas last year? With the exception of perishable food gifts, do you still have any of those gifts? And do you remember every gift you gave last year, and to whom? Do you remember what you got for Christmas five years ago? These questions float to the top of my mind every time I hear someone ask, ”I wonder if people remember what Christmas/Hanukah is supposed to be all about?”

Use what you have on hand and decorate with simplicity in mind; you will appreciate this after the season when everything has to go back into storage.

Don’t we all long for a simpler season, full of fun with family and friends, minus the fast pace of today’s world?

I have an ancient wire wreath form that I’ve used for the last 25 years or so, and it looks it – but when I get it covered with fresh cut cedar and pine boughs and wire on the pinecones and bittersweet, it looks wonderful, although I have yet to figure out a way to keep the kittens from attacking the bow every year and mysteriously causing the thing to disappear. (I figure one of these years, I will find a tree in the ravine behind the house bedecked in old Christmas ribbons!)

The holiday season seems to have evolved over time into people running up massive credit card debt or other debts they really have no way of paying for in today’s economy. All this, just for gifts people really don’t need, can’t use and have no place to store! So why not just STOP this insanity? As my friend used to say, ”Put a WHOA on the HO-HOHO!” It is not necessary to decorate the whole house like a shopping center or mall. The idea of having to put up a Christmas tree in every room in the house, complete with lights and decorations, is beyond me. I have enough trouble just getting one tree upright and decorated!

For gift ideas, look in some of those fancy catalogs and then come up with your own ‘spin’ on the things you would like to give. If you made pickles or spiced fruit this summer, or made juice from the fruit in your area, you have the starting of a gift basket. Make another batch of jelly from your summer juice and put it into small jars that you label. I can make a jar of wild fruit jelly for about a dollar. (Compare that to the

$10-plus dollar jar in those fancy catalogs!) I can make six or seven jars of jelly or jam for under $10 instead of the $60 to $70 for the same thing in those fancy books. And, you have to pay the shipping to boot! Save those $$$ for something really needed. I watch for sales during the fall season on baking items such as chips, nuts, sugars, corn syrup, etc. that I will need for the food gift baskets that I make. It’s a lot easier on my budget to buy a bag of chips in October for Christmas time fudge – and a pound of pecans in November when they go on sale. My freezer is my best friend. Yes, I’ve said that before, and I probably will say it again! Homemade cookies or breads are always a welcomed treat, especially by teachers, nurses and other care givers, and really don’t take that long to make. I package mine in tins and baskets I find at yard sales or thrift stores. I line them with some scraps of fabric I hot-glue into place. (They look pretty good, actually!) I watch for the sales on the disposable tins for quick breads, brownies, etc. and use them at times simply because I don’t have to try to find boxes to decorate for things like a loaf of honey/ banana bread or cinnamon swirl bread. If you are handy with crafts or decorative items used by friends and family, use those items as your gift. I have an elderly friend who crochets dishcloths for me and another who embroiders

dishtowels for me. Every time I use these gifts, I have a good memory of the giver! Don’t have any ideas? Check in your local library for craft books and magazines of the season that offer many unique ideas for a modest cost. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah or some other holiday this time of year, remember to slow down and enjoy the season. Take the time to visit with friends and family – perhaps gather together for a pot-luck supper and an evening of fun and fellowship. Share a portion of those saved dollars with someone who has less; a gift for a homeless child, a blanket for someone who ‘lives on the streets’ by choice. Above all: Take the time to enjoy the children. They are little for such a short time, and the window of opportunity to share and enjoy their world is limited. They grow up very fast! May your Christmas be joyful and shared with those you love.


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What amazes me is sometimes the price tags are still on the garments and the toys and appliances have never been opened! One child's overabundance became my child's Christmas at a bargain price. We went to the re-sale shops when our children were in school and needed nice clothing for the Christmas program at school and church. My boys were the blue jeans and t-shirt kind of kids, and to pay $30 for a white shirt to be worn just once? Not a chance! I would pay $2 for a nearly-new one at the thrift store and they looked just as nice as any of the other children.

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Sometimes, a group of people will get together in late fall, rent a convention center and have a "MOTHER OF ALL” garage sale before the holidays. Some people clean closets in late fall before the holiday season so they have room for the new things they are anticipating.

We also bought tricycles for our little ones for just a few dollars at these sales and they rode the wheels off of them!

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I had a small tree (green) that I got at a yard sale for 50 cents a few years ago. It came with a string of 10 lights and one little silver garland. I bought a can of pink spray paint on sale for $2 and sprayed several coats of 'pink' paint on the green tree to make it pink. I put the lights back on the tree, wrapped the silver garland around it, cut some 'christmas ornaments' from old Christmas cards, used thread for the hangers and put them on the pink tree. She will have her tree to enjoy for a couple of years until she grows tired of it, and then the branches will be recycled into a wreath for the door – all for $2.50!

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Can "180" Change the Heart of Our Nation? This month, I would like to talk you about an interesting video that has 'gone viral' on the internet. It is a controversial video made by Evangelist Ray Comfort called "180: Changing the Heart of a Nation". Ray Comfort wanted to know if teenagers understand the 'Holocaust' going on in America today caused by legalized abortion. In America, there is an average of 4,000 abortions performed every day. He arranged his questions in direct relation to Hitler's Holocaust. Sadly, many young people did not know even who Adolph Hitler was, or what he had done. What Adolph did is an extension of Darwin's theory of evolution, which states that we all evolved from a single-cell organism. Of course, Darwin had no proof of where that single-cell organism came from – nor did he ever replicate a single-celled organism to change into a different species. An example of this would be a mouse changing into a dog, or an ape into a human. But some scientists thought it seemed like a viable theory, and sometimes this theory is still taught. (I have to admit, it does take real faith to believe in the one true God who created the heavens and the earth. And those who have been given that gift of faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior will all one day see the real Heaven with the Triune God.) But back to the video "180"; Ray was interested in explaining to these youth how he felt the German Holocaust compared with the current American Holocaust (abortion). Most of the youth agreed what Hitler did was wrong, even though it was legal back then. When asked if they thought abortion was acceptable, some thought it was, and some didn't, even though it is legal. When Ray made the comparison of Hitler killing innocent people and mothers killing their innocent babies in the womb, most of the youth had a change of heart in their opinions about abortion. It is beyond me why and how anyone can deny that the Holocaust actually took place. We do need to never forget it, so we don't ever allow someone to make that mistake again. Here's something to really think about: What if your mother had chosen to abort you? Some babies have survived, and there is another good movie about this called "October Baby". Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, the video "180" will sure make you think. Every life is sacred and special, and it is a shame all the children in this world don't know it, feel it, and realize it. All children deserve a mother and a father in their home. Have you seen the statistics for households where both a mother and father are present? Grades, self-esteem, crime rates, etc., need I go on?


While I am talking about videos, I would also like to mention "Expelled". It is like an extension to "180". Ben Stein does a great job of lead commentator in this film. It talks to Christians, atheists, and college teachers who were either censored or fired from their jobs when they brought up Intelligent Design (ID) in their classroom. Intelligent Design claims there was a higher power responsible for the creation of earth, and not Darwin's theory of Evolution, the one-celled organism. The video also discusses the German Holocaust, and what Hitler was trying to achieve. In my opinion, I think our country needs to stop making dumb mistakes – like not taking marriage seriously. It is not a perfect science, but all the percentages are in favor of a mother and father in the home. Why don't I hear more people championing for marriage? Why is the divorce rate so high, when we know children need a mother and father in the home? Our future as a quality country needs to get back to our roots of loving and caring for our neighbor. And who is our neighbor? Anyone not living in our house. I Corinthians 13: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE!

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The Blame Game: Knowing where to place it makes all the difference It's your fault. It's all your fault. Everything wrong in your life is entirely your fault. Thank goodness for that! If it wasn't your fault, then what control could you possibly have over making it better? But it's not politically correct to write these things. If you are unemployed, it's because of a lousy boss, the bad economy or terrible political leadership. If you have diabetes, it's because of genes you inherited or the lack of money or time to eat properly. We are conditioned to believe that it is decidedly NOT our fault. We're told it's never our fault. Our weight problem is not because we drink too much soda, it's because the evil convenience stores provide cups that are too large. We watch presidential debates where both candidates clamor over each other to tell the American public either how government is to blame or how government will fix everything, but we hear nothing about the individual's role. Few are willing to accept that they are responsible for their life, but for those who do, it changes everything. Everywhere you look, you will find an escape hatch from personal responsibility. But what's the harm, really? If you can sleep a little better thinking you're not to blame, is that such a bad thing? Isn't it better to feel good about yourself rather than blame yourself for your problems? No. Not even a little. Because every time you abdicate responsibility by blaming someone or something else, you weaken your ability to do the one thing that can improve your life – to take action to change it. But some things really aren't your fault. Bad things happen to good people all the time. Trust me; I've had my share of crises just like everyone else. The moment calamity strikes, you always have two possible reactions: You can immediately look outward to find fault with someone or something else, or you can look inward and figure out what you need to do to get whole again. Is it your fault the company you worked so hard for went out of business? No. But it is entirely your responsibility that you are unemployed and entirely your responsibility to secure another job. I write this not to rub salt in the wounds of the millions who are unemployed and struggling, but to offer it as a gift – the gift of accepting personal responsibility for whatever happens. It's nearly impossible to find a new job when you are stuck blaming your old employer. It's hard to improve your marriage when all you can do is blame your spouse for what's not working. It's hard to lose weight when you exert more effort blaming others instead of working out at the gym. You cannot achieve success and happiness by giving anyone or anything control. And that's exactly what you are doing when you point the finger – you are giving something outside of yourself the control and the power. Blame has never got anyone a job, a closer marriage or better health. The greatest gift you can give yourself is to fully embrace the truth that regardless of what's happened in the past or what's wrong with your life today, you and you alone have the power and the ability, through your thoughts, choices, decisions and actions, to change your life now.

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––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT . . A17-A20 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PRIORITY PAGES 4 Star Trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B8 AGCO CHALLENGER . . . . . . . . . . B1 AGCO MASSEY FERGUSON . . . . B2 Agri Dry LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B7 Americas Seed & Belting . . . . . . . . B5 Americas Seed & Belting . . . . . . . B11 Atlas Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3 Bermuda King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B6 Burchland Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B9 Chattanooga Trailer. . . . . . . . . . . . . B9 Cox Mfg dba Dalton Ag . . . . . . . . . B11 Cross Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Diamond W Corrals . . . . . . . . . . . . B10 Don Hardy Fuel Efficient Engines . B6B E. Rissler Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Emerson Manufacturing . . . . . . . . B12 Four Star Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . B9 Fre-Flo Water Systems . . . . . . . . . . B7 Gabel Belting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Geneva Product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B10 Giant Rubber Water Tanks . . . . . . B10 Gnuse Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Greenwell Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Gulf Coast Supply & Mfg Inc . . . . . B11 Hidden Mountain Resorts . . . . . . . IBC Horst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B5 Hydraulic Parts & Supply . . . . . . . B12 John Deere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Karam Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 KUBOTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B8 Livestock Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Maljohn Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC Manchester Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Marr Bros. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC McTavish Steelworks . . . . . . . . . . . B8 Performance Medical . . . . . . . . . . B12 Petersen Mfg. Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . B10 Phase-A-Matic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B7

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Pik-Rtie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B10 Protank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B11 Riceland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B6 Scale Tec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B9 Stoney Creek Equipment . . . . . . . B12 Strobel Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B4 Sweet pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B9 Swift Hitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B11 T&S Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B4 The Happy Toymaker . . . . . . . . . . B12 Tubeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3 Walinga Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC WW Williams Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B8 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GENERAL A.L. Doering Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . A1 ABF Packing Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Ag Industrial, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . A11 All States Ag Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . A13 Anderson Tractor Supply Inc. . . . . . A1 Bass Equipment Co. . . . . . . . . . . . A16 Big Tractor Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A13 CAN-AM ATV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A8 CAN-AM COMMANDER. . . . . . . . A13 DC Welding & Fabrication . . . . . . . . A8 DMC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A13 Fehr Cab Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A8 GSI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Herrs Machine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A13 Hey Machinery Co. Inc. . . . . . . . . . A13 Joe Mescan Windmill . . . . . . . . . . . A9 KAWASAKI ATV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 KAWASAKI MULE . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Lamppa Manufacturing Inc . . . . . . A14 MAHINDRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A9 NEW HOLLAND BALER . . . . . . . A11 NEW HOLLAND TRACTOR . . . . . A14 POLARIS ATV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A11 POLARIS RANGER . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Red Ewald Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A15 REINKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A16 Ron’s Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A11 Schweiss Bifold Doors. . . . . . . . . . A13 Topline Steel Buildings . . . . . . . . . A11 Udy Corp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1 VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Virden Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A8

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High-quality portable and permanent storage tanks and products “Quick Move” storage tanks from Red Ewald, Inc. are the quickest and easiest way to handle all temporary and permanent storage needs for the person on the move. Tanks from Red Ewald, Inc. are your best investment in storage. There are many features and benefits, including: - Up to 42,000 gallon storage capacity

and aquaculture environments. Our years of experience, and our company’s diversified operation have allowed us to design, engineer, and fabricate the highest quality FRP products available today. We have the personnel to help you select and design a tank for your specific needs, and the know-how to custom fit your tank to meet these requirements. Upto-date manufacturing capabilities will assure prompt delivery of your tank. Quality, pride and experience, built into each Red Ewald, Inc. tank will assure you complete satisfaction.

- Seamless one-piece construction - Non-corroding, maintenance free fiberglass - Pigmented for maximum UV protection The company builds one of the largest onepiece fiberglass storage tanks available for agricultural use. Measuring 15’6” in diameter with a 30’-0” straight side wall height, it provides a 42,000 gallon capacity, giving you the best price per gallon in fiberglass tanks. Pumps, plumbing, valves, manifold stands, and meters are available with all units. For more information, contact Red Ewald, Inc. at P.O. Box 519, Karnes City, TX 781180519. Call 830-780-3304, 800-242-3524, Fax 830-780-4272, or online at www.

Red Ewald, Inc. has 38 years experience in designing and engineering permanent and portable storage tanks and complimentary products.

Phase Converters provide three-phase power from single-phase lines at a fraction of the installation and operating cost of running three-phase utility lines to your property In 1966 Mr. Colin Johnstone, owner of Johnstone Mfg., needed to run some three phase machines but only had single phase power available. At that time he was designing and manufacturing lighting and scorekeeping equipment for NBC Studios for various game shows, specializing in finding simple solutions to complex requirements. He applied this same expertise to the problem of not having the right power to run his machines. As a result, he developed a phase converter to run his three phase equipment on his existing single phase power. He soon noticed that others had need of phase converters, and by 1968 was producing Phase-A-Matic™ phase converters as a side line to his other endeavors. Sales of phase converters increased so rapidly that by the early 1970’s he was devoting his full time to the manufacture of phase converters. Expanding his staff and facilities, he could barely keep up with the phenomenal growth in sales. All the while, he continued to make refinements in reliability and ease of installation of the phase converters.

About Red Ewald, Inc. Located in Karnes City Texas, the company has been supplying fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tanks and process vessels since 1963. These tanks continually serve a wide range of applications in the chemical handling, mining, pulp and paper, petrochemical, waste water treatment, oil and gas drilling and testing, food processing, pollution control industries, agriculture D ECEMBER 2 01 2

In 1982 the company was incorporated as Phase-A-Matic, Inc. At that time a line of Rotary Phase Converters was added to our line of products. Through innovative manufacturing techniques we have been able to continue to provide a high quality product at an economical price.

Need 3-phase power? Get converted - let us show you how. Quality at Phase-A-Matic, Inc. is the highest priority. We strive for the highest quality in

customer service, technical support, and product reliability. Every product is fully tested before leaving our plant. We have a friendly, efficient customer service staff ready to take your order, or to refer you to the distributor nearest you. We normally have all models in stock for immediate delivery. Orders received by noon are usually shipped the same day. We have over 3,000 distributors nationwide and in Canada, many of whom regularly stock our most popular sizes. Uses include: metalworking and woodworking equipment, farm/ agricultural equipment, pumps, compressors, refrigeration, elevators, printing machines, rectifiers, lasers, radar, EDM machines, MRI, tanning booths, transmitters, welders, conveyors, hydraulic pumps, flywheels, ovens, dough mixers, laundry machines, and virtually every type of 3-phase machine, including CNC/PLC equipment, when used with the PHASE-A-MATIC™ Voltage Stabilizer. Phase-A-Matic, Inc. may carry the largest stock of phase converters in the world. We supply the major catalog houses with available product. It is not unusual to receive an order for 500+ Phase Converters by 2:00 PM and ship them the same day. We maintain a consistent high-count stock, ready to ship, meeting the demand here in the USA and for our ever expanding world-wide sales - shipping to countries all around the globe. We even maintain stock on very large Rotary Converters - 75 & 100 HP in both 220V and 460V. -We are ready when you are! We know that technical support is important for your power conversion success. Our technical support team is dedicated to assist you with every aspect of your converting needs from choosing the right converter to any help you may need in the proper installation and operation of the converter on your machine. Our technical expertise is derived from over 45 years of experience in phase converter systems. We have amassed a huge database of information on virtually every kind of application possible, from very basic to the most sophisticated of applications. Baldor Electric/PHASE-A-MATIC™ Design The rotary portion of our converter is proprietary, custom built to our specifications by Baldor Electric, one of the largest and most trusted motor manufacturers in the world, with warranty stations nationwide and worldwide. It is a true phase converter and not a modified electric motor as most of our competitors use. Many years of testing, changing and developing the converter in conjunction with Baldor’s engineers has produced a very simple and trouble-free converter with extremely low idle current and low noise level. Many of our customers confirm that our rotary converters are the quietest

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and most trouble-free available. Simplicity of design; uses all soldered connections Keeping the design exceptionally simple reduces the risk of electrical connection failure to almost zero since these are some of the most common causes of failure. We use only soldered connections with no mechanical electrical connections like spade clips, terminals or screws which can vibrate loose or corrode over time. There are no start capacitors, relays or contactors with connections which can come loose or arc and weld the contacts causing failure of the contactor and the start capacitors, and perhaps even the rotary converter or your equipment. Because of this we do not have circuit board failures caused by spikes generated by the magnetic contactors as some of our competitors do. The Rotor The PHASE-A-MATIC™ failure rate is practically zero because the rotors are specifically designed and manufactured for rotary converter use. However, some of our competitors emphasize that rotors often fail. This is because they machine standard electric motors, modifying and thereby weakening standard electric motor rotors, which were not originally designed to be used as a phase converter.

Testing before shipment Every converter is performance tested before shipment and assigned a serial number. These records are kept for review if any questions should ever arise about the performance specifications. Phase-A-Matic, Inc. has thousands of dealers nation- wide, plus international distributors who are ready to assist you. Call today for your nearest distributor. Or, call us and order directly, call PhaseA-Matic, Inc. at 1-800-962-6976 so our friendly and knowledgeable technical staff can help you. If you know what you need, just call us to order. We normally have all sizes in stock, ready to ship. We can also locate a dealer in your area. Visit our website at today.

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Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment gets even stronger Ron’s Manufacturing has added two more bearings to their kits. This makes the kits even more heavy duty. Coulter kits from Ron’s Manufacturing converts any chisel plow to a year ‘round tool to prepare your fields. These kits are your year around tool for the perfect seedbed. The Vertical Tillage Attachment has a wide variety of capabilities, making it ideal for use in spring and fall.

addition the Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment allows for shallow seedbed preparation which decreases the risk of excess soil density below the root zone. The Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment is a smart investment in that it has multiple uses, which will ultimately produce savings in terms of time and money. It also has a low operating cost per acre and can be used in a wider range of conditions than most tillage tools. It operates at a relatively high speed of 6 to 10 MPH, which saves time. The Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment allows for quick mixing of manure and soil to prevent loss of nutrients and control odor. It can also be used for very shallow incorporation of fertilizer and select herbicides. The Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment can be equipped with a wide selection of coulter blades. Spaced on 6” centers, the coulter blades can be matched to achieve the desired amount of tillage and residue sizing.

In the fall, it can be used to lightly till the soil and incorporate and size residue, setting the stage for the spring planting season. It is also a practical way to dry out wet soils. The Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment works well in no-till conservation tillage, as well as conventional tillage operations, extending the growing season and creating better planting conditions. Vertical tillage prepares the soil to warm more quickly in early spring, energizing the seedbed for maximum growth and yield potential. In

For more information contact Ron’s Manufacturing at 40582 187th St., Carpenter, SD 57322 or call 605-266-2177. E-mail

Barn curtain systems from FarmTek FarmTek is the world’s leading curtain manufacturer, offering an extensive selection of barn curtain, available in a variety of styles and weights ranging from 5.2 oz. to 22 oz. to meet any specific poultry, dairy or hog application needs. FarmTek also offers drop-down and rollup curtain configurations to complete your barn curtain system. 22 oz. PVC-Coated Vinyl Curtain is the highest quality barn curtain offered by FarmTek and is constructed from woven polyester coated with vinyl that can withstand a temperature range of -22°F to 158°F and is flame resistant. PolyMax Premium 6 oz. Curtain is specially formulated for broiler houses and will prevent light penetration more completely than any other poultry curtain. It is lightweight to ensure reduced stress on roller mechanisms, yet durable enough to withstand prolonged heat and cold. The black interior side of this curtain is double coated to ensure a perfect blackout environment.

Product Summary - Kits mount on most chisel plows, even low lift. - The kits include two 18” 13-wave Boron “Earthen Harden” wave blades and mounting bolts. - Exclusive “Double Shields” protect the bearings. (Patent Pending)


VinylTek 16 oz. Super Clear Curtain has a translucent effect which lets the sun shine in, providing a nourishing environment for livestock that will help promote faster weight gain and conserve energy costs. For more information, visit www.FarmTek. com/ADSFLD or call 1-800-327-6835 to speak with a barn curtain specialist.

Kids can climb in toy maker’s corrals

“The boys are making a half-top trailer with a bullet nose,” Sims adds proudly. Sims recently developed a 3- by 7-ft. riding arena complete with a roping box that opens with springs, bucking chutes and a return alley. The arena takes more material and time and is more expensive. Call Sims for current prices. “I love making toys,” he adds. “I’ve lived in Happy for 44 years. Everybody kids me about being The Happy Toy Maker. I’m kind of like a big kid that never grew up.”

The young sons that inspired Jerry Sims to build a toy cattle-doctoring chute now help Sims design and build toys for others. “It was the best baby sitter ever,” Sims recalls about the chute he made out of wood for his sons. “The boys played with it every day.” Sims raises beef cattle for a living, but on the side, he is The Happy Toy Maker of Happy, Texas. All his creations relate to handling cattle and horses. His toy corral and loading chute is large enough (128-in. perimeter) for small children to get inside to play. Corral panels are 8-in. tall and the adjustable loading chute is 14-in. tall. Made of 3/8-solid steel rod and spot welded, they are practically indestructible, and they can be easily moved on wooden wheels. “The loading chute can be personalized with names, brands and short messages,” Sims says. “We use a computerized plasma torch to personalize each set to your needs.” Sons Wyatt, 11, and Wesley, 13, set up the computer for the torch as well as help cut metal rods for the corrals. While the corrals are usually personalized with brands, some customers request messages such as “Love, from Grandma.” One proud grandpa custom ordered solid panels so he could include each grandchild and their birth dates. The corral weighs 52 lbs. and costs $300 plus shipping. He also sells sets that come apart and can be purchased by the panel. While some customers purchase corrals for display, most purchase them for their children to play with. “They’ll never tear them up, unless you run over them with the truck,” Sims says. “They’ll have them for their grand kids.” Check out Sims’ web site to see his selection of other toys, which includes a round bale trailer that hauls 14 wood round bales and dumps, a straight deck cattle trailer, a Quonset barn, a $50 trailer that stores and hauls the panels for the corral and many more items.

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For more information write to Farm Show Follow up, Jerry Sims, P.O. Box 548, Happy, Texas 79042, or call 806-433-2123 or email: thehappytoymaker@midplains. coop, or visit www.thehappytoymaker. com.

Stop filter fuel gelling in cold weather To help prevent diesel/biodiesel fuel gelling in cold weather, E-Tip, Inc. introduces the Universal Fuel Filter Preheater™ that mounts easily to the engine fuel filter. It is just one in an extensive line of products for cold weather starting, security, safety and maintenance. Cold conditions often affect fuel flow during start-up and in daily operations. When it is cold enough to cause fuel gelling, over-the-road trucks, heavy machinery, automobiles, generators and other equipment that must operate in low temperatures can become disabled. The gelling plugs the filter, preventing fuel passage. The only solutions are to replace the filter or warm up the fuel until it flows again, requiring towing the equipment to an inside location or bringing a heater to the equipment site. The Universal Fuel Filter Preheater™ offers a simple solution. It is a thin, flexible, silicone/fiberglass heating pad that easily wraps around the metal filterhousing to maintain full contact and evenly transmit heat quickly. It converts the metal filterhousing into the heating element, acting an electric blanket for the fuel filterhousing. When it is time to change the filter element, the Universal Fuel Filter Preheater™ is

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easily released for transfer to the new filterhousing. The 4”x7” Preheater draws 85 watts and is available in several voltages. See our website’s Maintenance section for further technical specifications. E-Tip, Inc. also carries the 120v “Peel & Stick” Universal Preheater™ to warm fuel tanks overnight. No cutting or welding, just clean mounting area on fuel tank, peel and stick it on.

Fehr Cab Interiors can help your tractor environment become quieter and cleaner, as they have been renewing the linings of agri-cabs now for 23 years. When a cab is over 10 years old, the foam lining loses all acoustical properties and starts to harden and deteriorate from exposure to sunlight and the extreme temperature differences from summer to winter. The foam should be replaced when it deteriorates, because it makes the cab so much quieter, silencing the vibrations that can damage your hearing. Another advantage to installing a new Fehr cab kit is that it can increase the resale value of your tractor as much as $2,000 or more. It just looks like someone has taken care of it. Fehr Cab Interiors can custom fabricate any cab parts, using the original panels and patterns, carefully duplicating them using new insulation to renew any cab. The more insulation foam that is added to a cab, the quieter it will become. Do-it-yourself kits are available with precut, pre-sewn panels, complete with a super bond adhesive with instructions and diagrams from Fehr Cab Interiors for any farmer to install in his own tractor. Fehr Cab Interiors also installs many of their own kits so they know how the parts need to fit. The new interior kits make the cab atmosphere so much more pleasant, clean and quiet.

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Many cabs now have plastic pre-molded panels with the foam vacuum-formed onto the parts. Fehr Cab Interiors also makes these laminated parts now for Case-IH, some AC, JD, Ford and White tractors. We are especially excited about the new JD 8100 series, 7200 series, and JD 6400 series cab parts! Other kits available are for Steiger, Versatile, Massey Ferguson, Hiniker an Year-A-Round QT-1 cabs. Many pre-cut floor mats are also available.

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Include both the “Peel & Stick” Universal Preheater™ for engines, hydraulic systems, transmissions, gear boxes, etc. and the Universal Filter Preheater™ in your cold weather package and be assured that you have selected a more effective and complete solution to cold weather-related problems. The Universal Fuel Filter Preheater™ carries a three-year materials and workmanship warranty. A standard 12v Pre-heater is priced at $138. Contact E-Tip, Inc. at 800-530-5064, email, or visit www. for more information.

Get a quieter, cleaner cab environment with a new Fehr Cab Kit Is your tractor cab making you sick with the foam sagging and drooping, deteriorating ceiling all dirty, dusty and rattling? Our tractor cabs start showing their age (just like us farmers) after years of hard work. D ECEMBER 2 01 2

To make a difference in sound control in your cab, call Fehr Cab Interiors at 815692-3355, or visit online at www.fehrcab. com.

Irrigation engines can be more affordable with a fuel mixer Realize saving of up to $3.00 per hour, per engine using a Dual Fuel Mixer Just ten years ago, diesel fuel was the fuel of choice for irrigation engines. At that time, is was much cheaper than natural gas. Producers started purchasing diesel engines and abandoning natural gas. Today, things are different. Diesel fuel has tripled in price since 2000. Producers had to do something to make operating irrigation engines more affordable. They started mixing natural gas with diesel, and discovered they saved $80-100 on average per day, per engine.

Don Hardy, owner of Don Hardy Fuel Efficient Engine Services in Floydada, Texas, developed a dual fuel mixer for diesel engines to combine natural gas and diesel. The fuel mixing process could then be done economically, by all producers. In the spring of 2007, Hardy and Leon New, an engineer with the Texas Cooperative Extension Service in Amarillo, tested this mixer on three engines in Floyd County. Two engines were Case IH engines–one waas a turbo-charged, and the other engine, a 4-cylinder non-turbo. The third engine was a John Deere 4T100. During the testing, straight diesel was used, followed by a diesel and natural gas mix. The dual fuel outperformed the diesel on all three engines. The Case 4-cylinder had a savings of $1.06 per hour; the John Deere saved $2.40 per hour, and the Case turbo saved a whopping $3.55 per hour. From a fuel savings standpoint, mixing propane and diesel might have been yet an even cheaper mix–but propane proved to be more cost prohibitive, and made the engines run hotter.

Lamppa Manufacturing has developed two remarkably clean burning furnaces – the Kuuma VaporFire 100 and 200. Both can heat an average insulated home up to 3,200 square feet, and are designed to eliminate wood smoke. By diminshing creosote and air pollution at the same time, the Kuuma VaporFire furnace is truly a ‘green’ product. Benefits of VaporFire Furnaces: • Makes wood burning safe • Environmentally and operator friendly • Burns wood up to 99% smokeless • Less than 1 gram per hour of emissions produced for less environmental harm • The burn is controlled automatically by a simple knob • Its unique 24-volt computer eliminates the guesswork involved in safely and cleanly burning wood One of the world’s leading testing labs have found that the VaporFire wood furnaces burn with virtually no smoke, and with an overall efficiency of more than 86% — an efficiency unheard of for wood furnaces of any kind. The furnace also scored an incredible 99.4 in combustion efficiency. New EPA guidelines, which were developed to reduce the emissions of particulates from new wood stoves, allow up to 7 grams per hour of particulates, which is a level that many wood stove manufacturers struggle to meet. However, the latest testing shows that the Kuuma furnaces are a spectacular exception, with results ranging from 1.0 to 0.45 grams of particulates per hour, depending on conditions. “There’s no furnace in the world that does what this one does,” said Daryl Lamppa.

Hardy says the mixture of natural gas and diesel is “the way to go”, and his mixer is designed to reduce the high costs of running irrigation engines. In the past few years, several producers using the mixer have reported their fuel cost savings has been very substantial. Hardy said producers have told him they have savings of over $3.00 per hour by using the mixer over straight diesel, and have had gains of 100-150 rpm from their engines.

“The Kuuma furnaces are so efficient,” says Daryl, “because of a patented design that truly gasifies the wood, ensuring the cleanest and most efficient burn possible. It gasifies the logs and burns them clean. It really does burn in a different way, using a natural draft.” For more information, contact Lamppa Manufacturing at 800-358-2049 or visit Videos and financing also available.

Another benefit they have reported is oil change intervals could be longer with the fuel mix versus the straight diesel. The Hardy Duel Fuel Mixer comes in a kit, and the cost is $1,595. For more information visit www.donhardyengines. com; or call 806-983-3774.

‘Smokeless’ wood burners feature an overall efficiency of over 86% It’s all about safety, high efficiency, and enhancing our environment when it comes to using a wood burning furnace.

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Unique heart formula saves countless lives Over 20 years ago Jim Strauss suffered a major heart attack and was told he would need bypass surgery or he would die.

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Jim was born into a family of herbalists stretching back to the 17th century. He learned these crafts during childhood, gathering medicinal herbs in the Austrian countryside with his grandmother.

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He was taught that tasting herbs could detect their medicinal value, but balance and proportion were the keys to producing formulas that were effective and immediate. Jim’s heart attack was not a fluke. He admits to having lived in the fast lane, ignoring the healthier lifestyle of his parents. He considers himself fortunate as nearly half of first time heart attacks end in death. Relying on knowledge acquired over the years, he refused the recommended surgery and instead put together an herbal formula which he immediately applied to himself with outstanding results.

Why American Eagle beats the competition, reasons one through seven (out of 21) #1. American Eagle: the bellow is by Firestone, which can last 15 to 20 years under a heavy duty 2,000# truck. The competition: Diaphragms need replacement as early as two years. #2. American Eagle: Bellow most volume of air; 3 to 6 cfm with a 10 – 15 mph wind–even more at 15 – 27 mph wind. The competition: Diaphragms 1 to 3 cfm–maximum.

Diaphragm warranty policy states the part may need to be shipped from as far away as Canada to be evaluated– then determined if it is the customers fault. Any new part will be shipped at the customer’s expense for parts, plus shipping both ways. (This can take months. We know a Diaphragm customer still waiting over a year.) #7. American Eagle: Pump action is a huge 1 and 3/4” stroke some call intermittent. Most pumps are. The Eagles huge volume of air creates the most effective method of water circulation. More air, more circulation. The competition: Only 1/2” stroke, also intermittent. Less volume of air results in much less water circulation.

safer, faster and less costly. Manufactured in the U.S. to high standards, this versatile attachment comes in sizes to fit most compact utility loaders, skid steer and farm tractors, wheel loaders and excavators. Other jobs are made easier, include removing fence posts and stakes and placing large rocks and boulders. The front-end loader attachment is a musthave attachment for the arsenal of all landowners and managers. "Grab Your World" with Star Hill Jawz!

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For more information on Star Hill Jawz Grabbing tools, “grab your world” and visit, or call 877798-JAWZ (5299).

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