MidwesternJune
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Putting it in perspective

Data, context and “compared to what?”

“You know, a dredge ditch…” I was explaining the Minnesota farm I grew up on and I was met with blank stares from some of my South Dakota State University classmates. “…where you drain water off the field,” I continued. They looked dumbfounded, and I was equally as puzzled. Then one spoke up, asking why […]

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Award/contest winners, On the ranch, On the road
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Hard work, luck and smarts

Timmerman wins Feeding Quality Forum honors

Sometimes it’s easy to see where a person is and forget where they’ve been. It’s easy to stare down the success in the here-and-now, without even a glance at their past. When I learned Gerald Timmerman won our Feeding Quality Forum Industry Achievement Award, I knew the family in generalities…for their feeding businesses spread across […]

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SomewhereInTheSandhills
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Time tested

We’ve dubbed it the “smiling house.” On my family’s regular route through the Sandhills, there’s a lonely old place, rain and time have left the wood devoid of color. Yet, with its classic, square farmhouse design—and a little imagination—its two upstairs windows make eyes. It sags so much that the porch looks like it’s turned […]

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Dr. Phil FCA-1
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Doctor’s orders

As a kid my family went on two trips a year. One to visit relatives up north (this one, not even a guarantee), the other to the Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention. What may have been work for my parents was vacation for us kids. We swam, we danced, we played and we hung out […]

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The Taste, part II

Edd and Nina Hendee were out to dinner, three kids in tow. It was 35 years ago and Edd can still recall, “It was one of the worst meals I’ve ever put in my mouth. Not to mention the service was ghastly.” At the time their Taste of Texas in Houston was struggling, “trying to […]

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