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"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz

"Amazin' Grazin'" by Bonnie Mohr For more information about Bonnie Mohr, see her biography on page A1 inside.

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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 god-given 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,

features» Product Challenge: Evans Waterless Coolant....................4 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 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.

Plan Ahead for Your Online Hereafter: 3 Steps to Take Now........................................... 28 The Climate Technology Platform™ Provides Real-Time, Hyper-Local Tools.......................................5 What's New in Equipment.......6

every month» Keeping the Family Farm in the Family......................11

Bonnie Mohr Studio

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Putting the extraordinary into the ordinary one painting at a time. Limited and Open edition art prints • "Just Down the Road" note cards Bonnie Mohr Studio, P.O. Box 32, Glencoe, MN 55336

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PRODUCTION ARTISTS

KIM LENNON kim@fivestarpublishing.com GAYLE REED gayle@fivestarpublishing.com

Clutter Clearing Choices............. 29

NANCY CAIN nancy@fivestarpublishing.com JUSTINE LEE justine@fivestarpublishing.com

ADMINISTRATION

Essays from My Farm House Kitchen............ 12

The KNIGHTRO REPORT............. 30

ADVERTISING SALES SUPPORT CRYSTAL WENDELL crystal@fivestarpublishing.com

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CIRCULATION/FINANCE KRIS TAYLOR kris@fivestarpublishing.com ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER JULIE KOCHENDORFER julie@fivestarpublishing.com

CHRISTA HELMERS christa@fivestarpublishing.com MARY K APUSTK A maryk@fivestarpublishing.com WENDY NOVAK wendy@fivestarpublishing.com ANNE QUINL AN anne@fivestarpublishing.com AUDREY SCHUMACHER audrey@fivestarpublishing.com KEVIN TAGUE kevin@fivestarpublishing.com

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Ocean to Ocean World Record Set by Vintage Adventurer in 83 Year-Old Ford Australian motoring enthusiast Rod Wade, aka the Vintage Adventurer, has set a new world record in the Ocean to Ocean Driving Challenge with Evans Waterless Coolant running through the engine of his 1930 Model A Ford. The non-stop drive was completed in 50 hours, 20 minutes and 6 seconds, beating his goal by almost 10 hours. The journey began on a Friday morning in November, precisely at 12:01 am, where Rod and his codriver, Michael Flanders filled a bottle with water from the Atlantic Ocean. The engine ran reliably through snow and rain, and hills and plains, until arrival at California’s Venice Beach Saturday night at 11:20 pm, where they poured the water from the Atlantic into the Pacific Ocean, officially completing the Ocean 2 Ocean Challenge. Rod and Michael traveled the 2,947 mile trip averaging just over 58 miles per hour without any water in the cooling system, and without worries of overheating either. Evans Waterless Coolant was used to ensure the cooling system functioned under demanding conditions. Water was on board, but used where it was needed the most – to hydrate Rod and Michael during their marathon adventure.

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Just before departure Rod said, “Evans waterless coolant performed so well when we drove through Asia in the hot summer that we insisted on using it for this trip. We are very confident with Evans.”

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This past June, the car completed the Peking to Paris Rally, considered to be the world’s greatest motoring challenge. Along this rigorous route, Evans waterless coolant successfully demonstrated its capabilities of performing under extreme conditions.

The next goal of the Vintage Adventurer team will be to take on the Ocean to Ocean Australia, again in the Model A Ford. Scheduled for June 2014, that event is a timed challenge from Queensland to Fremantle and return. Rod’s goal is to raise awareness and much needed money for Kidney Health Australia and the American Kidney Fund.

With a boiling point of 375°F, Evans High Performance Coolant will function well past the failure point of water-based coolants. Evans High Performance Coolant provides permanent cooling protection for the life of the engine, and protects against corrosion, elec-

For more information on the Ocean 2 Ocean Challenge, the Vintage Adventurer and the latest updates, visit www.vintageadventurer.com.

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The Climate Technology Platform™ Provides Real-Time, Hyper-Local Tools to Help Enable Optimal Decisions through the Entire Growing Season The Climate Corporation recently announced the availability of CLIMATE Basic™ and CLIMATE Pro™ for the 2014 Crop Year. CLIMATE Basic™ is a mobile service that optimizes a farmer’s daily decision making by providing up-to-theminute, field-level current and future weather, soil, and crop growth stage information. Currently, it is available to farmers nationwide at no cost. CLIMATE Pro™ is a revolutionary web and mobile service that can increase profitability through customized field recommendations that maximize yield and minimize costs. CLIMATE Pro™ provides recommendations before and during the growing season that dynamically adjust to changing weather-related and other field conditions. Key recommendations offered by CLIMATE Pro™ include what relative maturity and planting date will optimize yield, where, when, and how much to sidedress nitrogen, what integrated pest management mitigates yield loss, where variable rate application will be beneficial, and what harvest date optimizes dry down costs, grain moisture and yield. Farmers will also have access to up-to-the-minute, field-specific weather, forecasts, and crop conditions as well as farm-level yield projections. CLIMATE Pro™ for 2014 provides corn farmers with the potential to increase profits over $100 per acre for only $15 per acre and soybean farmers with the potential to increase profits over $50 acre for only $7.50 per acre. “We’re at a very important point in agriculture – the ability to better understand and interpret environmental and agricultural data will help farmers optimize yield through smarter seed genetics, planting rates, and a myriad of measurable crop production decisions. Today, farmers have access to so much data, but they tell us they don’t know how to drive actionable value from it,”

says David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation. “Over the past five years, our scientists and engineers have developed the Climate Technology Platform™ to transform complex information into actionable insight and real-time farm management recommendations to help farmers increase their profitability.” The Climate Technology Platform™ is the same proprietary technology that powers The Climate Corporation’s risk management products, consisting of hyper-local weather monitoring, high resolution weather simulations, and unique agronomic models. Rob Sladek and his family run a large corn and soybean operation across five counties in eastern Iowa, and Rob has become an avid user of climate.com, the precursor to CLIMATE Basic™, during the 2013 growing season.

Hyper-local weather monitoring across the country provides assessments of field and subfield-level environmental conditions by incorporating dozens of public and private environmental observation networks and remote sensing systems, coupled with various proprietary and published models.

“Keeping track of what is going on in every field is a challenge,” says Sladek. “With different planting dates, seed varieties and variable weather, we experience a wide variety of field conditions each day. Our climate.com service has changed how we run our operation by giving us up-to-the-minute weather and crop conditions for each field accessible at the click of a button. As a result, we’re able to be more efficient in deploying resources throughout the growing season. And we have come to believe in the advanced features of the service like Harvest Advisor to accurately predict yields and crop moisture levels. I’m eager to use the new tools for the 2014 crop year.”

High-resolution weather simulations incorporate current hyper-local environmental observations, shortrange weather forecasts, climate signals, long-range trends, and other proprietary research models to produce a dynamic, full-season, probabilistic forecast for each field. Agronomic models represent the intersection of agronomy and data science, estimating agricultural production outcomes based on various static and dynamic inputs, including farming practices, field characteristics, weather simulations, and other key variables.

To get a free demo and to find a local provider visit www.climate.com.

"Coolbean the Soybean" Character Created to Helped Kids Learn About Agriculture Author Shawn Conley, PhD, created the character of Coolbean the Soybean to help children learn about agronomic, crop and soil sciences. He has written a book, which carries the same title as the character, and is published jointly by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America. Coolbean the Soybean explains the job of farmers and agronomists through characters named Haila and Aliah, respectively, who Conley named after his daughters. Along the way, Coolbean explains modern farming techniques, how a seed becomes a plant and then produces a crop. The book tells the story of how soil, sunshine, and water affect the growth of the plant.

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Conley is an agronomy professor and the Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “I wanted to develop a fun, yet educational, tool to help teach today’s youth about where food comes from, career opportunities in agriculture, and explain why soybeans are so important, not only here in the US, but around the world,” says Conley. “My daughters were the main reason for writing this book, but I also remember being inspired at an early age by my first and second grade teacher, Mrs. Swiggum. Hopefully this book can help inspire the next generation of agricultural scientists.” Coolbean’s content follows Common Core education standards. “We chose to follow the format of the STEM

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(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) graphic novels and comics because it’s a style that kids are very comfortable with,” says Lisa Al-Amoodi, managing editor of books for the societies. “It also allowed us to package a lot of nonfiction science content into a cool story about a soybean.” Coolbean the Soybean went on sale December 16, and can be purchased on www.societystore.org, or by calling 608-268-4960. Educators interested in classroom adoption may contact Lisa Al-Amoodi (lalamoodi@sciencesocieties.org). The book was published with generous support from the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.

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Stormo Now Offers Durable, Versatile Tractor Axle Tubes Stormo Sustainables announces the acquisition of K&M Industries, a company making replacement versatile axle tubes in North Idaho. These durable tubes are able to stand up under the most rigorous conditions and are the top aftermarket choice for replacing factory tubes. Through this acquisition, Stormo Sustainables will now be able to offer these tubes at prices well below factory. Factory parts on tractors are rarely up for the challenge of rugged day in, day out use, and this is clearly seen in axle tubes. The K&M Industries axle tubes now offered by Stormo Sustainables use high tensile heat treatment on 4140 ChroMoly alloy steel, making them much stronger than factory cast parts. In addition, they have added gussets to help limit breakage at the flange. A strong-back adapter can be used to protect the differential housing, another weak point in these tubes.

Kinze Announces the World’s First Electric MultiHybrid Concept Planter Technology allows farmers to change the seed hybrid automatically. In order to help farmers optimize their seed hybrids and increase their yields, Kinze® Manufacturing, Inc. announces the world’s first electric multi-hybrid concept planter. Multi-hybrid technology provides farmers with the ability to change the seed hybrid they are planting automatically as the planter moves through the field. Instead of selecting an average seed variety for use across an entire field, seed hybrids can be selected and automatically planted to suit different field management zones.

proven themselves in the tractor pulling industry. They have gone through a 500+ horsepower competition that broke factory parts every other turn, without breaking. While stronger than factory parts, the axle tubs are made to factory spec tolerances. This ensures that they are easy to install and that the bearings fit well. A good fit helps protect the system and prevent breaking. Stormo Sustainables is able to offer these axles at below dealership cost, with all models in stock. This includes

The new Kinze electric multi-hybrid concept planter has new row units that incorporate two meters for every row. The meters feed a single seed tube, so the row unit gauge wheels, openers, and closing wheels are identical to a standard Kinze 4000 series row unit. “This was only possible by using the new electric drive option on the Kinze 4000 series meters. By eliminating the drive chain and clutch, we were able to orient the meters close together so that they feed a single seed tube,” said Schildroth. “It is a very elegant way to add the multi-hybrid planting capability.”

a brand new HHT series with an 18-bolt flange. Many of these models are no longer made by the factory and are hard to find in the salvage yard. All come with a five-year warranty. Call 208-301-1800 or visit www.stormo-sustainables. com to learn more.

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Worksaver, Inc. introduces spears designed for John Deere H480 loader with Global Series II tool carrier. Two models are available. JDBS-2480 features two bolt-in spears (42” useable length) for handling round bales rated at 3,000 lbs., while the JDBS-3480 offers three bolt-in spears (42” useable length) for large, rectangular bales rated at 4,000 lbs. An optional upright kit is also available for JDBS-3480 to allow handling of two rectangular bales simultaneously.

For example, in parts of the field with high productivity soil, a “racehorse” seed variety can be utilized, whereas a “workhorse” seed variety can be used in the less productive areas. In fields with poor drainage, a variety that can handle moisture can be planted in the lower areas, with a more productive variety used in field locations with a higher elevation. “The electric multi-hybrid planter will allow farmers to maximize yield in every part of their field, and not have to make compromises,” said Rhett Schildroth, senior product manager at Kinze Manufacturing. “The yield gains in our trials varied from 2 bushels per acre to more than 10 bushels per acre by utilizing multihybrid planting. And unlike other crop practices that seem to have good results one year and negative results the next, every trial we’ve conducted with multi-hybrid planting has resulted in a yield increase.”

These tubes now offered by Stormo Sustainable have

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Kinze will be partnering with Midwestern farmers during spring 2014 to showcase the technology in the field on several electric multi-hybrid concept planters. Visit Kinze.com for more information on multi-hybrid planting or Kinze Manufacturing.

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For more information contact Worksaver, Inc. at 217324-5973 or visit the web site at www.worksaver.com. _____________________________________

New Case SR210 RadialLift Model Replaces BestSelling SR200 Skid Steer CASE Construction Equipment introduces the SR210 radial-lift skid steer, a new Tier 4 Final model that features EZ EH controls and best-in-class torque, breakout force and standard auxiliary hydraulic flow. The new machine increases its rated operating capacity to 2,100 pounds when compared to its predecessor, the SR200. The cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) engine design with particulate matter catalyst helps reduce maintenance and increases engine power by 10 percent. The SR210 also features one of the largest cabs and lowest entry thresholds in the industry, improving operator comfort. Weighing in at 6,970 pounds, the SR210 is an excellent all-purpose skid steer that offers standard (24.2 gallons-per-minute (gpm)) and high-flow auxiliary (33.2 gpm) hydraulics for excellent power and attachment versatility. Rated at 74 gross horsepower, the new machine offers class-leading bucket breakout force (7,270 pounds) and torque (232 foot pounds). A 19.5-gallon

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fuel tank helps extend runtimes and ensures that the machine can work the entire day without refueling. EZ EH Controls Provide Options and Flexibility The SR210 offers a new EZ EH (electro-hydraulic) setup menu that features nine preset speed and control settings that can be adjusted on the fly. This allows the operator to match controls to their preference for comfort and greater productivity. A single rocker switch allows operators to switch between the CASE “H” operating pattern and ISO pattern controls. New handles with additional “feel points” improve controllability and feathering.

Comfort for the Operator

getting in and out of the cab.

Like other Alpha Series skid steers from CASE, the SR210 offers one of the widest cabs in the industry at nearly three feet. The cab is fully sealed and pressurized against noise, dust and fumes. The cab-forward design provides best-in-class visibility with excellent site lines down to the bucket edge and curb lines, and to the rear of the machine. Ultra-narrow wire side screens, side lighting and a skylight further improve visibility. The low step and entry threshold makes it easy for the operator to get in and out of the cab. The machine also features an optional radio and upgraded climate controls for optimal comfort.

The depth of the mount to the moldboard has also been dramatically reduced, improving the performance and maneuverability of the pusher.

Telematics Ready The SR210 features a new electronic control module that logs operating data and has CAN-bus capabilities for diagnostic monitoring and telematics. This makes it compatible with CASE’s SiteWatch™ telematics platform, which helps equipment owners better track operating performance, maintenance intervals and demands, as well as equipment utilization and security.

Easy to Use and Maintain The machine also features push-button Ride Control™, hydraulic one-way self-leveling, two-speed ground drive, and an advanced instrument cluster with programmable security and automatic shutdown as options.

A New Approach to Tier 4 Final The new skid steer features a CEGR engine with a particulate matter catalyst, which is made up of a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and a high-efficiency flowthrough filter. This solution is more efficient and maintenance free as it does not require manual regeneration or filter replacement (compared to a diesel particulate filter). The DOC converts emissions into neutral gasses. The remaining particulate matter then passes through to the high-efficiency flow-through filter where it is stored and burned off through passive regeneration powered by the heat of the exhaust gas. These efficiencies are achieved while also improving engine power by 10 percent.

Extended Wheelbase Builds Confidence The CASE PowerStance wheelbase improves stability during lifting and hauling, which helps retain more material in the bucket. That stability also improves operator confidence when working on varied terrain. Additional counterweights can further improve stability and performance while also increasing the rated operating capacity by 100 pounds. FE BRUA RY 2014

The engine, filters and fill points are all located at the rear of the machine for quick access. The SR210 also features CASE’s easy-tilt cab for convenient access to the drivetrain compartment. Hydraulic quick couplers allow operators to quickly change attachments from the comfort of the cab, while Connect Under Pressure (CUP) manifolds require no tools to connect or disconnect hydraulic lines.

The new EDGE Low Profile Snow Pushes are available in 6-ft., 7-ft., 8-ft. and 10-ft. sizes and continue to feature standard replaceable rubber cutting edges and adjustable skid shoes. Optional pull-back kits are also available to give an operator the ability to draw materials back from confined areas such as loading docks or buildings. For more information visit www.ceattachments.com or call our attachment experts at 866-232-8224. _____________________________________

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Mahindra Introduces Eight New Tier IV Compliant Tractors

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New EDGE Low Profile Snow Pushes The EDGE Low Profile Snow Pushes have been reengineered for more efficient and reliable performance in moving snow, flood wastewater, manure or other materials. These new Low Profile Snow Pushes are designed with lower endplates, decreasing the overall height of the pusher to only 25.7 inches and providing greater visibility for operators. The strength of these new endplates have also been significantly increased by angling the cross brace to the lower corner. The new design also features a formed upper section, without obstructing visibility, that provides additional strength while acting as a snow deflector. This upper section also features grated step plates to assist with

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New Mahindra tractors to be available in January 2014 (the Max 24 will be available in December 2013). The eMax, a new line of heavy-duty sub-compact tractors available at 22 HP and 25 HP, a solid workhorse in a smaller frame; the Max 24 will join the Max tractor series. At the other end of the spectrum, Mahindra expands its larger utility tractor line-up to include the mPower 75.The company will add two 50 HP tractors, the 3550 and 4550, a 55 HP tractor, 5555 in 2WD and 4WD, and a 65 HP tractor, 4565. Each of the new tractors is Tier IV compliant while the mPower 75, 3550, 4550, 5555 and 4565 tractors all (continued)

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feature the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), unique to the Mahindra mCRD engine. The mCRD engine is a lower cost, low maintenance solution to meet the Tier IV emission standards. The DOC eliminates the diesel particulate filter resulting in no backpressure monitor or filter cleaning for greater protection. “We are committed to investing in research and product development to expand the Mahindra product line and continually moving the brand forward,” said Mani Iyer, President, Mahindra USA. “Mahindra is the fastest growing tractor brand in North America because we deliver a quality product at a great value that repeatedly out-performs the market place.” All new models are covered by Mahindra’s industryleading five-year powertrain warranty and built to the unyielding specifications of the brand including steel construction, larger tires and the heaviest weight-byclass to ensure optimum performance in its category. “These new tractors offer the superior performance and rugged reliability the brand is known for along with a best-in-class warranty to back it up,” said Cleo Franklin, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning, Mahindra USA. “Push more, pull more, lift more is the intention in the design and development of each new Mahindra tractor. We are driven by our goal to meet and exceed the expectations of our dealers and customers.”

Wireless Seed Tender System with Handheld Controller Combines Wireless Weighing and Function Control All in One Intercomp’s RFX wireless seed tender system, with handheld controller, combines wireless scale control operation and weight viewing with the ability to control seed tender functions wirelessly all in one handheld remote. The New Controller and all of Intercomps products will be exhibited at the upcoming National Farm Machinery Show. The controller allows the operator to number individual seed boxes/bins with preset weights to accurately know the seed weight remaining in each box/bin. With the handheld controller, the operator may control up to 16-functions on the seed tender, and utilize the ‘Automatic Dispense Mode’ to automatically shut down the conveyor/auger when a preset dispense seed weight is reached.

The new sub-compact tractor series, eMax 22 and 25, features: •

bigger tires for greater stability

heavier built-in weight at 1,540 for greater load capacity

twin pedal (side-by-side), HST transmission

best-in-class three-point lift capacity

75” high and 900 pound loader capability

22 HP has six forward and two reverse gears

Xpress seat II

drive-over mower with fabricated deck, midmount and fast blade tip for a high-quality cut

Highlights of Mahindra’s unique Tier IV compliant mCRD engine: • •

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high pressure fuel injection engine greatly reducing visible engine smoke multiple injection points for fuel efficiency with greener emissions including a reduction in NOx and Particulate Matter (PM) diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) after treatment system that does not require regeneration high-efficiency positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) technology to capture and clean gases from the combustion chamber before releasing them into the environment

As KIOTI Tractor recently unveiled 23 new Tier 4 compliant tractor models, they announce the addition of the CK2510 model to the CK Series. Built with a Daedong® eco friendly diesel engine, the CK2510 tractor provides an environmentally friendly option for fans of the low-maintenance KIOTI CK tractor series. The CK2510 tractor is available with a 2 range manual or hydrostatic transmission. Outfitted with standard 4WD, dry single clutch and a category I 3-point hitch, the new tractor is packed with power. Along with an ultra-quiet, low vibration experience that is the trademark of the CK Series tractors, the CK2510 engine meets the strictest requirements for Tier 4 compliance, while improving fuel efficiency and increasing output. “KIOTI’s CK Series is renowned for its low maintenance and convenient features. Our new model, the CK2510 tractor, takes the CK tractor to a new level,” said Peter Dong-Kyun Kim, chief executive officer of Daedong-USA, Inc., KIOTI Tractor Division. “By equipping our CK2510 tractor with Tier 4 technology, our customers can be reassured they are receiving quality, convenience and power all wrapped into a compact package.” Built with a 24.5 HP diesel engine, the CK2510 tractor includes hydrostatic power steering, rear PTO and wet multi disc brakes. Additionally, the new model features suspended brake and clutch pedals to maximize the operator platform for ease of movement. The new CK2510 tractor delivers rear PTO speeds of 540 rpm, as well as a 1,203-pound lift capacity.

Whether filling central fill, or row planters, Intercomp’s RFX wireless technology, with the handheld wireless controller, increases productivity to accurately track seed weights, and improves safety and efficiency with the ability to remotely Start/Stop the auger/conveyor, or operate other tender functions. For more information call 800-328-3336 or visit their web site at www.intercompcompany.com.

More information available at www.mahindrausa.com.

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Kioti Tractor Announces New CK2510 Model

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The CK2510 tractor can be augmented with the following KIOTI attachments: the KL2510 front end loader and KB2465 backhoe. The CK Series is available now and is competitively priced with great finance and rebate offers for qualified buyers. For more information visit www.kioti.com.

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Waste Less Feed with Roller-Grinding Mills from Lone Star Industries

Starwood Rafters Improves Building Process with Lam-Ply Trusses

Livestock owners who are looking to replace their existing roller mills or rotary/hammer mills with something that will create less wasted feed will want to consider the roller mill from Lone Star Enterprises.

Farmers and other agricultural businesses know they can trust Starwood Rafters to give them strong, easyto-install trusses for their building needs.

This carefully-designed mill was created by looking at the weak points of different brands, improving them and building a new mill from scratch. With the roller-grinder design of Lone Star Enterprises mills, a movable roll allows both vertical and horizontal paralleling. The roller mill design produces less fines, which leads to less wasted feed, saving the operation money and time.

The company has a long history, being in business since 1964. Since the 1970s, Starwood Rafters has been making their patented Lam-Ply truss. This unique truss is stronger than a traditional truss, allowing the builder to put more space between each one, saving time and money.

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For many years, Shur-Co has been the name farmers have trusted for trailer accessories. The Shur-Co line of SMARTrailer accessories helps increase your bottom line by decreasing the amount of time and labor necessary when loading and unloading grain and similar products. Together, they create a comprehensive system to maximize the productivity of a trailer. The SMARTrailer line starts with the 4500 Series HD electric tarp, which has a pivoting motor mount on a powerful, U.S.-built motor. This design prevents misalignment of the roll tube without presenting unnecessary stress to the motor and arms. The tarp also has the industry's strongest arms that are backed by a lifetime warranty. The ProTrap is designed to slide hopper doors open and closed, allowing the operator to stay out of the dust while operating the hopper. It features all-metal gears, which handle hard stops well. It also has a patentpending sealed SMARTwire harness that prevents corrosion. The harness's plug-and-play convenience makes installation fast and efficient.

With these roller-grinding mills, your company can process your own feed. This makes feeding your livestock easier and more convenient, and can also result in money savings. "Farmers can now control the crack or grind particle size and quality," stated a company spokesperson. "This gives a more favorable feed conversion ratio at each stage of the animal's life, even if you need a different product size for the different animals in your barn." To process the feed, simply move a handle on this mill. The need to replace a screen, as in a rotary/hammer style mill, is eliminated. You will also notice that these mills create less dust, which means lest wasted food product.

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When Family Fighting Causes Mom and Dad to Avoid Estate Planning Dear Michael:

them eat their green beans.

We have nine kids and we are working on setting up a life estate to protect the farm

Now, thirty years later, comes the ultimate 'green beans' in life, where you have to tell your children, "Look, if you don't find a way to eat your green beans, you're not getting any dessert!"

from if we end up in a nursing home. We have a couple of the kids who are involved in the farm, although raising nine kids didn't leave us a lot of room for expanding our farm operation, so we don't have all that much. The problem is the two kids who farm

Or, in estate planning terms you'd say this: "Look, this is the way I see how things are going to be fair and I understand you don't necessarily agree with me. However, here are your options. You and your brother either come up with a workable solution in two week's time, or we move on to option two, and we are going to split it up between all the kids, share and share alike. So, you two better sit down and eat your green beans right now, or there's not going to be any dessert, got it?"

don't get along and both are making rather angry statements to each other, and even to us, as to how they want to deal with these asset. My husband and I are not in good health at all, and we've been arguing over this for two years already. My husband and I are ready to throw up our hands in disgust and let the chips fall where they may. Do you have any suggestions?

– Signed, End of Our Rope

Dear End of the Rope: There's a tried and tested rule in estate planning that everyone learns sooner or later: No matter how long or how many discussions you have with your children about how your estate is going to be handled upon your death(s), you are not going to make everyone one hundred percent happy. As harsh as that sounds, it falls under the same category of taking the whole family out to dinner at a restaurant and letting them choose the restaurant. Guess what? You won't get a decision by everyone that's going to make everyone happy. In other words, it's human nature, and fighting human nature can exhaust and paralyze the process of effective estate planning. I would guess as many as forty percent of the people out there without estate plans – wills, trusts or other up-to-date planning – don't have this done because

they try to make everyone happy. Well, that's the ultimate in 'cutting off your nose to spite your face' action a family can take. I've had cases – much like yours – where the children kept right on fighting up until their parents when into the nursing home, right up until Medicaid showed up and said they are ineligible for care until they sell down their assets to nothing, and right up until the assets all gone. And they were still fighting. Sometimes, estate planning can be the 'green beans' of life. By that I mean, when your kids were little, if you'd let them, they'd eat nothing but candy or cereal or whatever they liked and never eat any of the things necessary to stay strong and healthy. You, being a good parent, knew that if your kids didn't eat their green beans or other good fruits and vegetables, your children would die of scurvy – if you let them eat only what they wanted to eat. So, you made

And if they are still acting like five-year olds two weeks later, I'd say "Okay, you didn't want to eat your green beans, and now we're going to divide the estate pie dessert with you, your brother and all of the other kids, share and share alike, so there won't be a very big slice of pie left over for you. We gave you the chance – you said 'no, thank you'. So we did what good parents do – we made the decision we had to. The life estate deed is being filed this coming Friday." Then, go on with your life knowing you've done the best that could be done. I bet if you look back, you've made hundreds – if not thousands – of these decisions with your kids from the time you became a parent. Some good, some so-so but all of them still better than making no decision. Otherwise, scurvy would be a leading killer of children in this country. ________________________________________ Do you have questions about estate planning? Need to know more about how you can "Keep the Family Farm in the Family"? Email questions to Michael Baron at mbaron@btinet.net or call him at 800-373-4078.

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FARM and RANCH LIFE By Dr. Michael R. Rosmann

What Will 2014 and The Next Few Years Hold for Agriculture? The Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference in Ames, Iowa in mid-November featured reviews of changes in agriculture during the past 40 years, along with predictions about what the next 40 years will offer. Some of the people whom I most respect for their understanding of agriculture and rural life tendered their assessments. This is the first of two columns about the nearby future of agriculture. Nobody can predict more than a few years anymore. Dr. Kelley Donham, an international leader in the agricultural medicine field who recently retired as director of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health and is now emeritus professor at the University of Iowa, indicated that farming fatalities are about half as likely as they were 40 years ago, thanks to improvements in injury prevention, farmer health education and machinery design.

Recent reductions in federal funding could slow progress in the field over the next few years, Donham advised. Alternative resources for basic research, such as partnerships with producer and consumer groups and a “research-to-practice” approach are critical in keeping the momentum going toward healthier farming. Certifying farms as safe environments, annual reviews of farm family health at AgriSafe Clinics, and tying these preventive approaches to reductions in insurance premiums for farm family health insurance, worker compensation costs and farm liability policies are important avenues for continued pursuit, Donham said.

Who are today’s most productive farmers? Highly respected rural sociologists and economists, Drs. Mike Duffy and Paul Lasley of Iowa State University, described today’s farmers and what the next few years offer for agriculture, based on their annual Iowa Rural Life Poll and surveys of farmland values, and national trends in agriculture. Already, the top 15 percent of farms produce 85 percent of U.S. food, fiber and other consumable agricultural products. The trend toward fewer farmers producing an ever larger

share of agricultural goods will continue and could speed up. These increasingly large operators will own less of the land they farm, but they will gain an ever larger share of the farm product marketplace, Duffy said. The number of small farms with operators who pursue farming mainly as a lifestyle connection to the land continues to increase but their portion of the total agricultural goods produced continues to decline.

Farmland prices? Duffy said the boom in farmland values over the past few years in Iowa and most of the Midwest is reminiscent of the booms that occurred in the 1920s and during the latter half of the 1970s and first couple years of the 1980s. Both eras preceded economic depressions in agriculture. Now we are in another era of farmland price escalation, or possibly at the high point, Duffy suggested. Farmland prices will probably retract 20-30 percent over the next few years, but any economic depression in agriculture will be gentler than those in the last century.

There are many uncertainties. Duffy and Lasley listed uncertainties to include: climate change, lack of a federal Farm Bill, possible changes in crop insurance and environmental regulations. There also are issues attributable to GMOs, food safety and lack of access to some markets, as well as farmers being blamed for everything that is wrong and farmers sensing loss of control.

Agriculture in the future will depend increasingly on technology, said Dr. Paul Gunderson. He is past director of the National Farm Medicine Center, the current director of the Dakota Center for Technology-Optimized Agriculture and has headed several United Nations commissions on food and labor issues. Gunderson said 92 percent of central U.S. agricultural producers routinely use one or more precision agriculture technologies. These might include GPS (global positioning systems) that use satellite communications to guide farming,

such as continuous recording of crop yields during harvest; the data enable calculating recommended soil nutrients for all parcels next year to optimize production throughout each field. There are many precision agriculture technology applications. Gunderson mentioned use of unmanned aerial viewers (UAVs), which are drone aircraft that can fly over pastures to assess the locations and health of grazing animals. The UAVs can sense the body temperatures, digestive activities, and a host of health indicators by flying close enough to the animals to detect and report them to the herd manager. The herd manager can select and treat animals needing assistance; perhaps in the future UAV robots will conduct the treatments of animals needing veterinary interventions.

Geo-tagging is another technology that has arrived. Gunderson recommended that every farmer carry a cell phone on his/her body so that any person can be located through signal triangulation in case of a reported event needing a response or when there is no response to a requested reply. Farming is changing. In my next column I will offer my views about what the immediate future holds. I will address the issues as a farm producer, a behavioral health specialist, researcher and observer of agriculture for many years. I welcome your thoughts. _______________________________________ 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 mike@agriwellness.org, or visit his website at www. agbehavioralhealth.com. You can call him at his office in Harlan, Iowa at 712-235-6100.

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How Much Do We Truly “Need”? Ah, February. Not only is it cold and snowy here where I live, out in the middle of nowhere, but it is also the month that ranchers and farmers need to have their income taxes figured out and sent to the IRS. Answering Uncle Sam's questions really makes you think about how you spent your money in the past year. (And especially when you only get ONE PAYCHECK a year.) The highest expenses for running a farm or ranch are usually in this order:

#1. Tractors and other machinery necessary to plant and harvest the crops, along with any needed maintenance and repairs for this equipment. • Livestock fences – wire and posts purchased and put in the ground, etc. • Wells to water the livestock have to be cared for, kept clean etc. and pumps are very expensive. • Our cattle, horses, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and any other kind of animals need attention on a daily basis. Feed and medicines are not free and usually must be paid for at the time of purchase. • Vehicles are also a big expense; think how much fuel costs!

#2. Family living is usually at the bottom of the heap as far as expenses go. This is the one area where living beneath your means is the norm out here. Money is stretched wherever possible. • We raise as much of our own food as we possibly can. • Doctors and dentists are seen on an ‘as needed’ basis. • Entertainment is pretty much homegrown fun, like a dunk in the river or creek versus a trip to ‘town’ to the swimming pool. (Besides, the river or creek doesn’t care when you are wearing 'holey' old jeans but the folks in the swimming pool frown on anything but swim suits!) • A softball game between neighboring families is great fun – all you need is a ball, some bats, and folks to play and to cheer! Clothing is an area where there are some misconceptions about country folk. Sometimes 'town' people think country folk are 'rich' because they are dressed nicely when they come to town. In reality, most farmers here only have one or two good pairs of jeans or shirts to wear when not working. An old neighbor of mine used to say, "We clean up pretty good when we need to be out in public!" This man had ONE pair of 'new-ish' jeans, two 'good shirts' and one pair of 'church' boots! Most of us country folks wear our old clothes when working around the place. We wear the old stained, ripped and torn shirts and jeans when driving a tractor in the fields, running a combine or steering a truck over to the combine, or taking the loaded truck to the auger so the grain can be put into storage. If you do have to run a truck to the elevator, nobody usually sees you except the grain handler since elevators are usually located at the edge of the town. And one can’t do much shopping driving a semi! All of us do ‘get caught’ once in a while, though. I remember a flying trip to town for repairs while in the middle of paintA1 2

ing. I had paint in my hair, all over my jeans and shirt as well as my face and arms. Naturally, I ran into a neighbor who stopped in his tracks at the sight of me – and I’ll admit, it was a sight! So, I just said, “What you see is what you get!”

the herd still in the pasture. I worried that all the rest were dead for there was only about forty head left. We decided we were going to push them all to Roy’s corrals. We pushed for a while, but then my dad disappeared to go help somewhere else. I couldn’t keep the cows going in the right direction until finally Jed came to help. After a while we got them headed in the right direction. In the cold hard wind, a big calf fell to weather the storm. Our group moved on until yet again a Hereford cow couldn’t stand any longer. The look in her eyes was of hopelessness. I felt useless, but there wasn’t anything I could do. We moved on, but there was something about this cow that didn’t make me want to leave.

Other tough on clothing jobs include mucking out the barn, cleaning the chicken house, and fixing fences – notorious for ripping holes in shirts and jeans. And also, the body fluids of critters during calving and lambing will soak though coveralls – and every other item of clothing you have on, many times at 3 a.m. during a blizzard. So, do we really need 20 good pairs of jeans, or 35 shirts or blouses? The money spent on all that new clothing could be put to a better use!

About dark we got to the corrals and had all the cows to shelter. We were all relieved but I still couldn’t get my mind off that Hereford cow, so I ran back to find her. Through the snow I faintly saw the outline of the Hereford down by the three acre pasture next to the corrals. The determined cow got back up and stumbled towards the corral. I ran to take her to the barn but was met by my dad on a four-wheeler. We pushed her closer to the shed and corrals, but she fell a hundred yards short. I was commanded to get hay, so Jed and I came back with our arms full to cover her up.

Speaking of blizzards, we’ve been ‘cussed and discussed’ ever since the October blizzard named Atlas that killed so many thousands of cattle, horses and sheep. "Ranchers don’t care about their livestock!" was one remark bandied about. Well, they DO CARE and the following piece written by a 12-year-old, 4th generation ranch kid says it all. I have known three generations of this young man’s family and they are very dedicated to their animals and the land they live on and love.

We started to walk away and decided that she needed a name. We came up with several, and decided HOPE fit her best. With that we were forced to leave. I said another prayer. With the help of God I knew Hope was going to make it through this, and that she did.

What I Learned from a Cow Named Hope –by Marcus Herber October 18, 2013, Jed Brown and my family were all forced into my house by the Atlas Storm. It had been raining and snowing for about a day. My dad told us that we had dead cattle in a pasture we own down by Belvidere. My dad, Jed and I all hopped in a pickup and headed out to try to save some cattle. When we finally turned on the dirt road and saw that Mitchell’s cattle were on CRP land next to the Belvidere Cemetery. Jed and I hustled to get around them and chased them into the nearest pasture Mitchell’s owned. After that, about three o’clock we worked our way to our pasture, stopping to put cows in the correct pasture based on their brands. We stopped to put Roy Brown’s cattle back in his pasture, then to chat and see how everyone was doing with their losses. So far, everyone was doing fine. We broke up and went to find my dad’s cattle.

After seeing all those deaths, I decided I wouldn’t take anything for granted like too many people do. I thank God for all I have. Nobody realizes how much we really have to lose.

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The next sight we saw was a horrible one. As we drove down the hill, you could see dead cattle strung out along the fence line of the CRP south of our pasture. There was a pile of dead cattle in the corner right next to the road. I wished they weren’t ours, but I didn’t want to wish that luck on anyone else. Three dead cows and two big calves were lying dead in the corner. Three other calves were still alive but lying down. The cow in the middle had her head sticking through the fence wires. The two calves were cuddled up to the rears of the cows. The sight made me want to cry. We used Roy’s tractor to scoop the calves up, put them on the back of a pickup and take them to his barn. I quickly said a silent prayer, asking God if all the cows could go to heaven so I could see them after I die. Jed was put in charge of hauling the cattle back to the barn while my dad and I collected ear tags. We finally waded through the snow to the next corner, but I wish we wouldn’t have. There was at least fifteen dead cattle lying half covered in mud. Standing a few hundred yards away, huddled into a pack, were the rest of

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Make Your Own Extracts, Cleaners, Valentine Gift Ideas and More! Picture Perfect

orange extract. I let the peelings/beans ‘work’ for about 6 weeks before I start to use the extracts. Just use them as

To save money on reprints of colored photographs, make

you would any commercial extract you can buy. These are

color copies on your printer or at a local print shop. An

much better, and a lot cheaper! (tip submitted by PE, CA)

8 x 10 enlargement usually costs a dollar or two, compared to $10 or $15 at some of the photo places. Once it’s behind the glass in the frame and hung on the wall, only your wallet will know the difference. (tip submitted by SI, NC)

Recycle Plastic Bolts I do a lot of sewing and buy lace by the yard (25 yards at a time) on a plastic bolt. I had saved several of the bolts, thinking I would find a use for them eventually. I had

Repurpose Those Christmas Tins

some ribbon my cat had teased off of the spool, making a grand mess. I wound it [ribbon] on a lace bolt, and now it's

I’ve found that the empty popcorn and candy tins we get

safe. My son used a couple of the bolts to wind up several

during Christmas time make great containers for my

strings of icicle lights after Christmas, and my husband

glass ornaments and other decorations for my Christmas

uses them in the garage shop to wind and store the

tree. I also wind the garlands round and round and store

extension cords that always end up in a mess. (tip

in a couple of them in the tin as well. We have several

submitted by SP, UT)

smaller strings of colored lights and wind them around chunks of paper towel cardboard and put them in yet another tin. (tip submitted by DF, IA)

Clean the Cookware

Urine (Pee) Stain Remover 1 cup peroxide, 3 Tablespoons of baking soda and a drop or two of dish soap mixed together will remove urine out of carpets, clothing, rugs, etc. The only drawback to this

I have some copper cookware inherited from my

mixture is that it has to be mixed and used right because

grandmother and cleaning it is a tedious job – but, I

the chemical mix of peroxide and soda only last about 20

found that about 3 spoons full of table salt mixed with

minutes. To use, scrub into the stain – people, cats, dogs,

some vinegar scrubbed onto the pretty bottoms with one

kids, doesn’t matter. It will work on old stains as well. But

of those plastic ‘scrubbie’ scratchers will clean it

make sure you use it right after it's mixed. It’s cheap and

beautifully without spending a fortune on copper cleaner.

it works very well. (tip submitted by HK, NE)

(tip submitted by SA, MT)

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(Pennywise Tip: Catsup poured on an old terry cloth washrag also works well. I guess it’s the acid in the

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and the media

tomatoes that does the trick along with the salt/

is full of ads telling us to spend more money. A big screen television, a fancy dinner, a cruise, an above

vinegar in the mixture.)

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Most of us have refrigerators or

Do one (or all) of these things instead for your

freezers with those big thick seals

loved one (or Valentine):

around the doors that are so expensive to replace. I’ve found that

• Make a good home-cooked meal of family

if I smear a little bit of plain

favorite

petroleum jelly over the seals

• Go through all the old family photos and set

every 6 months or so, it keeps

them into a group frame for the parents/

them very pliable and less likely to crack or split and have to be replaced. A jar of plain petroleum jelly is less than $5 and will last for years. (tip submitted by MJ, WY)

grandparents/valentine • Complete a special project for your family, like clean and reorganize the garage as a ‘group’

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Homemade Extract

• Perhaps a room needs painting and the one

I make as many of my own extracts as possible. All you need is a bottle of cheap vodka and some pint jars. I put a little over a cup (1 - 1/3 cups) in each of 3 jars and then split 4 or 5 vanilla beans and put into one jar to make vanilla extract. In another jar, I peel lemons with a potato peeler – just scrape off the yellow part – and add it to the jar to make lemon extract. I do the same with orange

needing the job done is physically challenged and can’t really do the job • Baking a heart shaped cake to serve for a family meal isn’t all that hard, and you don’t need a special pan either. Just bake a round cake and then cut a V-shape out of the top edge of the cake and frost it!

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As Simple as it Gets: Just One New Year's Resolution to be more like a foam rubber ball that bounces back and recovers its shape.

le imp tion s one resolu e e r 's he ov Is t Year impr I have New could s life? e-size t ' tha r yone n a on inker. eve er bee t of th st it— nk r i nev all so ave lo to th fits be I h d dare ze-fits i y l Ma wou one-s that o wh e is a to life r yone r r the nswe ke eve a all ld ma u wo py? ha p Hah! Pondering this brought up a related question to consider: Why do some people find peace, happiness and success while other people fail? Why, when bad things happen, do some people suffer while other people make lemonade? I want to find the secret to making lemonade from life’s lemons and make it my New Year's resolution for this year and for life. Why do some of us hang up in frustration when we have been put on hold for the fourth time and other people persist? Why can some veterans come home from war and function well while others struggle? Why do some people with a debilitating disease exude grace and peace while others are overwhelmed and depressed? I once asked a special needs teacher about kids who come from troubled families. I asked her why some kids from tough backgrounds or challenging family situations make it while others don't. Her response was: resilience. She felt some kids simply had more natural resilience than others had and could therefore overcome life's negative events better. Resilience is defined in my Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as "the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused by compressive stress" or "an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change." Resilience sounds like a quality we would all want. These definitions remind me of a foam rubber ball. I want

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My New Year's resolution for this year is simple. I am going to try to be more resilient. I found myself wondering if that would even be possible if resilience is a natural ability or an innate quality? Yes, I still think so. I think we all actively cultivate qualities we want to see in ourselves. After all, we choose new behaviors like weight loss, healthy eating, exercise, and frugality, or we make relationship, career, or other life changes, and we try to pursue a host of other good qualities like calmness, patience, or persistence. Why not greater resilience? First, I am going to work to make countless choices to be resilient when life kicks up the usual problems throughout the year. I am a huge believer in the power of choice. I believe that we, as people, have the power to choose. I think we all can make better and different choices on a daily basis. Every day life gives us many opportunities to make choices. For example, when my kids are stomping around the house and arguing, I can choose to yell at them or I can try to approach the situation

calmly. If I choose calm, I have made a good choice. If I yell, I can reflect afterwards to try to turn it into a learning experience in the hope that next time, I will be more ready to make a better choice. Second, I am going to surround myself with things that help me be resilient. Nature is one of the first things that come to mind. Nature can be calming and it does a great job of redirecting my focus when I am upset. I appreciate nature. It is big. I am small. I sometimes simply take an outdoor walk or look out the window to help me regain perspective. Owning dogs also helps me to be resilient. Coming home to unconditional puppy love every day definitely improves my resiliency. When my emotions are stirred up, it also helps to have something in my hands like crocheting, to calm myself and redirect my focus. Figure out what environment or people or pets or activities or things help you to be more resilient and surround yourself with them. You know what things soothe you. Focus on them. Third, I am going to work on my attitude. If I can't change events, I can still change how I perceive them

and how I choose to react to them. Is the glass half empty or half full? When the garage door spring breaks in the middle of winter, am I going to panic or problem solve? Am I going to be grateful for what's going right in my life or am I going to dwell on the stuff that upsets me? Finally, I am going to learn to get comfortable with living with life’s paradoxes. Some things both scare me and challenge me—such as the opportunity to give a presentation in front of a very large audience. Some things make me feel happy and sad— for instance, watching my children leave home and start their own lives. The better I get at accepting paradoxes rather than resisting them, the easier it is for me to make lemonade rather than stare sadly at the lemons! What would happen if we all worked to be more resilient? I think it would be amazing. Instead of banging into each other and coming away shattered, cracked, bent, or broken, we would bounce away like a foam rubber ball and come back whole and ready for the next adventure! Are you ready to work on your resilience for this New Year's resolution?

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Why Texas Hog Production Should be Considered the "Next Big Thing" If the name PORK TEXAS doesn’t ring a bell with you, it soon will. As this project gets off the ground, you’ll be hearing more and more about hogs being raised free range on the ground — being raised as Mother Nature intended. If hogs can run wild and flourish in the state of Texas, why can’t domestic hogs survive and multiply in the same environment? The answer is, yes – they can! Texas pork production is nothing new, they aren’t re-inventing the wheel— it is simply sustainable hog production. It is producing pork in the greenest, most efficient way possible. In comparison, confinement pork production exposes itself to every negative cause and effect known to the swine industry, at a cost that far exceeds a favorable rate of return on investment. As a result, we have seen a dramatic shift over the past 20 years of small to midsized hog operations reverting back to sustainable production. The astronomical startup and facility replacement costs, environmental regulations, use of growth hormones and antibiotics, along with animal welfare issues and practices is forcing many producers to revert back to sustainable production. In fact it may be an issue that will be forced upon

the industry because of pressure from the fast food network. McDonalds and Burger King are just a couple of examples of companies that no longer want their pork to be inhumanly raised in cages. Not only do hogs do better in their natural environment, they produce a more acceptable product. Sustainable pork is not only more economical to produce, but the demand is creating premium prices that further add to the bottom line. It ’s all about profitability and healthiness for all concerned. As well as being more profitable, the sustainable pork product is one that meets these certain consumer-driven criteria:

• Animal Friendly • Environmental Friendly • Worker Health And Safety Friendly • Community Friendly—No Offensive Odors • No Manure Nutrient Build-Up • Manure Nutrients Recycled • Healthy Animal Environment • Reduce Food Infra-Structure Cost • Economically Competitive Sustainable pasture-based production is an alternative approach for raising hogs outdoors, using pastures as a major source of nutrients compared to confinement or other indoor systems. The sustainable pasture approach can offer the producer lower initial costs, lower production costs, and a sustainable method for producing pork. The typical design of a pasture system uses low cost portable housing and wire fencing. Since these systems require no expensive buildings, according to Texas Tech Pork Institute, 40-70% of startup can be saved over conventional indoor systems, saving approximately 4.5 million dollars per 1000 head operation.

of all, lending support to this project, is location. The Texas climate is ideally suited to sustainable outdoor pork production, thus the low overhead and investment requirements.

Investment Opportunity Alert! An opportunity to invest in Texas pork is available. For more information about this opportunity, contact Kevin Bottke at 817-262-0621 or kevin@porktexas.com. Watch his video about sustainable pork production at www.porktexas.com. This is an investment like no other — you can hedge your bet with land appreciation. Unlike most conventional hog production investments which are driven by cost of production, appreciating land values become a source of price protection for your investment. The 40 to 70% reduction in startup costs will buy a lot of Texas land — non-productive land that will only get more valuable as the hogs clear the land for their own habitation and enrichment. Sustainable pork production is mother natures way of providing God given resources for a cause greater than that for which it was originally intended. Combining production techniques to enhance profits and improve environmental and socioeconomics is not only a good sound investment, it is worthy of the innate nature of mankind. Pork Texas is a breath of fresh air for investors looking for an opportunity to invest in something that isn’t hidden behind a mirage of high risk and sophisticated jargon. It is simply doing that which comes naturally!

Multiply this by tens of thousands and the investment savings and lower overhead costs become substantial. To further compound this investment opportunity, consider the fact that this can all be done on non-productive wasteland — land that is native to non-valued vegetation and trees growing on light, sandy soils. Certainly not green lush pastures, but when fortified with a balanced corn ration, the effect can be similar.

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In 1968, athletes performed the high jump by facing forward as they plunged over the bar. According to a story in the book Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, by Maria Konniokva (Penguin), that changed

He developed a style of leaping the bar backward. He knew it looked awkward, and he wasn’t quite sure why it worked. People laughed at him, and no one expected him to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. But they stopped laughing when he set records with his technique, succeeding at a jump that came within 1.5 inches of the world record. The “Fosbury Flop” became standard practice because Fosbury didn’t care what other people thought. “I don’t even think about the high jump,” he told Sports Illustrated. “It’s positive thinking. I just let it happen.”

(The driving force behind the Texas Pork enterprise is Kevin Bottke. He can be reached at 817-262-0621, or www.porktexas.com. Not only is Kevin a personal friend, his entrepreneurial spirit, background in the livestock industry, leadership in every phase of his life, and strength of character lend credence to the Pork Texas phenomenon. His ethical and moral track record speaks volumes about a spiritually driven man.)

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Life is a highway and it sure feels like we’re speeding down Interstate 2013 these days, pulling over only to fuel up, rest a bit, make any necessary repairs and head back out again. Seems like the exits marked “Projects to Finish” and “Unexpected Issues” are plentiful, but the signs for exits named “Reconnect with Friends” and “Take a Vacation” are few and far between. Not to complain, though. We’ve had a great first year here at Hedgewood, having completed new building projects in three states and helped lots of farmers improve their existing livestock facilities, sometimes in ways they didn’t know were possible. It’s a road we’re happy to be on and, as we merge onto Interstate 2014, we look forward with

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I’m seeing a lot of talk about beef barns. How can I know if it’s something I should consider for my feed lot?

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That’s right, slats and shelters aren’t just for pigs these days. More and more beef producers are erecting hoop buildings or mono-slope structures with concrete floors, feed bunks and fountains. One of the main reasons is an expanding body of research pointing to the fact that providing shelter can improve feed efficiency and rate of gain, helping get cattle to market cheaper and faster – without compromising meat quality. A side benefit is the ability to design gating that makes it easier and safer to work or load cattle – an important improvement for both the animals and the people involved. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Most likely, you’re also mapping out plans for 2014 – either on paper or in your head – and starting to put into motion all those projects you planned to do “next year.” As you’re thinking about ways to update barns, beautify your property or, if a new facility is in your future, we hope you’ll consider calling upon Hedgewood to help you navigate. In Arkansas:

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OAKWAY TRACTOR & IMPL. CO. INC. 5671 W. Oak Hwy., Westminster, SC 29693 864-972-3640 • 888-805-1991 Used Listings: New Holland TN95A................................ $27,500 John Deere 260 series skid-loader......... $16,900 Yanmar VI015 excavator......................... $14,500 Gehl 2880 round baler............................ $15,500 Kubota L2900DT....................................... $8,200

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WATKINS & SONS MFG. INC. 67 Watkins Lane, Linden, TN 37096 931-589-5134 • 800-227-4631 www.watkinsandsons.com

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2650 Balebuster •Shredder chamber handles bales in any condition •Right hand discharge •Self loading two bale processor •One man operation •Saves up to 30% on hay and straw •Great for bedding or erosion control

CMF-830 Vertical Mixer •Heavy-duty 88” twin screw augers mix rations fast •Large 830 cu. ft. feed capacity with standard extension •Large front-center unloading door •36” discharge conveyor unloads left or right •Four point scale •HD axles are oscillating to provide smooth, even travel through rough feed lots

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Quotes "It’s easy to be independent when you’ve got money. But to be independent when you haven’t got a thing—that’s the Lord’s test." — Mahalia Jackson

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"I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween." — Douglas Coupland

KADDATZ AUCTIONEERING & FARM EQ., 6676. Tractors and farm equipment. Salvage: tractors and farm equipment. Order parts online. New and used parts. 254-582-3000. kaddatzequipment.com. 02/14

"You’re alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act." — Barbara Hall

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WANT TO BUY ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WANTED: Caterpillar Cable Scrapers. Lever Holdings Inc. 306-682-3332. 02/14

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MISCELLANEOUS ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CONKLIN® DEALERS NEEDED! Lifetime career in marketing, management, and applying green products made in America. Full time/part time. For a free catalog, call now at 320-238-2370 or toll free 855-238-2570. Visit www.frankemarketing.com. 02/14

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ROUND BALER BELTING AMERICAN MADE: Largest dealer in U.S. Original belting for all round balers including new John Deere - in stock! Save hundreds$$! Free shipping anywhere! No 800#, just best prices. Since 1973. MC/Visa/Discover/ Am. Express or C.O.D. Contact Hammond Equipment in Faundale, AL 36738, at 334-627-3348, or visit our website at www.balerbelts.com. 02/14 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Baler Belts – all balers. Genuine JD. Made in USA. Free shipping on sets. Call 1-800-223-1312. www.balerbeltsandhaybeds.com

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PRIORITY PAGES 2T Cattle Guard.................. B12 Ag Spray Equipment...........IBC Agri Dry LLC......................... B5 Automatic Farm Systems..... B8 Belco Resources Equip........ B4 Branson Tractor Co.............. B4 Chattanooga Trailer............ B12 Compton Enterprises............ B3 Cox Mfg dba Dalton Ag...... B10 Cross Mfg............................IFC Dyna Flo............................... B9 EBC Holding Company...... B11 Emerson Manufacturing..... B12 Fre-Flo Water Systems........ B1 Gnuse Mfg.......................... B10 Greenwell Mfg.....................IFC Holcomb Scraper Inc.......... B10 Hoover Diesel..................... B11 Horst..................................... B6 Hoskins Mfg........................ B12 Joe Mescan Windmill......... B10

John BM Manufacturing....... B5

Strobel Mfg........................... B2

John Deere........................... B5 Johnson Mfg Inc..................IFC Knutson Irrigation............... B10 Kuhn Mfg.............................. B8 Larry Hak.............................. B9 Maljohn Co........................... B2 Marr Bros.............................IFC MBSC Direct......................... B9 MK Martin............................. B7 Moyer’s Chicks................... B12 No Bull Enterprises LLC..... B10 Oakwind Manufacturing LLC.......... B12 Pacer Pumps ....................... B8

The Vassar Company........... B9 Tire Gard............................ B12 TJ Tools.............................. B12 Tubeline................................ B3 Tubeline................................ B7 Walinga Inc...........................BC Wire Fence Stapler............ B10

Phase-A-Matic...................... B5 Radiator Supply House Inc.B11 Rawhide Portable Corral.... B11 REINKE..............................B12 Reman Sales & Service....... B1 Scale Tec............................ B11 Sidney Mfg........................... B8

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GENERAL A.L. Doering Spark Plug....... A9 Ag Industrial, Inc.................. A9 Big Tractor Parts................ A14 Buddy Tucker Tire.............. A14 CASE FARMALL...............A10 CASE MAGNUM................A18 CLAAS BALER..................A12 DMC...................................A19 E-Tip Inc............................. A11 Fehr Cab Interiors.............. A17 GSI.....................................A17 HAYBUSTER.....................A19

Herrs Machine.................... A14 Hey Machinery Co. Inc....... A14 KAWASAKI ATV................A20 KAWASAKI MULE.............A18 KIOTI TRACTOR...............A13 KIOTI UTV..........................A16 KRONE TEDDER.................A8 KUBOTA...............................A8 LANDPRIDE.......................A17 Livestock Steel................... A18 Myers Poultry Farm............ A18 POLARIS ..........................A15 Protank................................. A9 Red Ewald Inc.................... A11 Rhino Building Systems....... A8 RK Products Inc................. A10 Ron’s Mfg........................... A15 Schweiss Doors.................... A8 VALLEY................................A8 YAMAHA ATV....................A10 YAMAHA VIKING...............A13 YANMAR............................A14

This listing is provided for the convenience of our readers. This publication assumes no liability for inaccuracy.

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