Wise Advice from Farms.com Older Farmers

My life has shown me that the elders seem to know best about many things.  Check out this one of a kind list of wise advice from farms.com.

AN OLD FARMER’S ADVICE:

1. Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

2.  Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

3. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

4. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

5. Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

6. Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

7. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

8. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

9. It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

10. You cannot unsay a cruel word.

11. Every path has a few puddles.

12. When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

13. The best sermons are lived, not preached.

14. Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

15. Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

16. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

17.  Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

18. Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.

19. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

20. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

21. Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

22. The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

23. Always drink upstream from the herd.

24. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

25. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

26. If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

27. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Visit Farms.com and FarmOn.com for more great articles with topics covering everything the farming world! Thanks Farms.com and FarmOn.com for all that you do to promote the agriculture way of life!!!

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Does Size Affect Family Farming?

As of September 12, 2014 at 4:08 p.m. ET the U.S. population is 318,867,168 people, 2% of that is 6,377,343 people.  Why did I pick out 2%?  In the United States, farmers and ranchers make up 2% of the population.  Out of the small 2%, 98% of those are family farms.  But what is a family farm?  For some people the definition of ‘family farming’ changes when a family owns a large quantity of land or cattle.  For others the quantity that a family owns makes no difference.

“The general concept of a family farm is one in which ownership and control of the farm business is held by a family of individuals related by blood, marriage, or adoption. Family ties can and often do extend across households and generations. Historically, it was not uncommon for the family farm to provide all of the labor for the farm and to own all of the land and capital of the farm. That is no longer true today, although the extent to which individual farms hire nonfamily labor, rent-in land or other capital, or contract for various farm services varies greatly across farms. In short, the organization of family farms changes over time.”

The creativity that comes from the businessmen and businesswomen, the entrepreneurial spirits in agriculture, can take the “family farms changes over time” statement to great heights.  With my background in the agriculture industry I see these larger family farms as those who acquire the knowledge and skills to thrive in to what they are today.  The knowledge and skills required to thrive can come from the future generations of family members or others who decide to become a part of the family farm mission and vision for the future.  No matter the size, family farms would not thrive without the correct knowledge or skills to care for the land or animals.  I have the utmost respect for farmers and ranchers despite the size of their operations.

Watch the short videos below to learn a bit more about a couple family farms.

 

 

My Acre of Heaven

My family’s farm can sometimes be referred to as our little slice of heaven though it doesn’t come close!  We are very blessed to own land, and we also rent more by the acre for pasture to graze cattle and farm etc.  It’d be great if we as farmers wouldn’t have to pay rent for extra pasture or farmland.  Wouldn’t it be grand if the land was just given without cost, just a gift!  Well that’s not reality!  In fact when any farmer rents land or pasture there is no guarantee that it will even be productive land.  The farmer may have a great yield (A bumper crop as some may say!), but he or she may not!  Farming is a risky business, and a business that I have much to learn about.  Growing up on the farm, agriculture has become such a big part of my life that at times I falter and place it above my faith.  Thankfully God loves, teaches, and uses me continually no matter where I am.  I am grateful my parents taught me about farming from a young age, but more importantly they showed me who makes it all possible, God.  While I learned of the risks in farming at an early age; I also learned of God’s love for me and found out that I can be sure He payed the price for my sins even though I may not always be on ‘productive land’ in my life.  There’s no guarantee in farming with all the risks, but I know the one guarantee that really matters in this life.  That’s my acre in God’s Kingdom of heaven because His one and only Son Jesus ‘payed the rent’ with His life and and in return gave me the best guaranteed gift of all, eternal life—-an acre in His Kingdom!  There isn’t one thing that you and I can do for an acre in His Kingdom (aka eternal life), we can’t even rent one if we wanted!  It is a free gift from Him, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:16  He loves us so much that he’d pay the full price for our sins.  All we have to do it admit our mistakes to Him, believe that He payed the price for them and live for Him.  I pray that if you don’t know the joy it is to have an acre in God’s Kingdom, you will soon.  

For my faithful readers, the day two of Brazil is in the making!  

I recently moved back to South Dakota from California.  My dad and I drove over 1,948 miles.  The last time I reset my mileage was in Caruthers, CA!  This fall I am planning to work on my family’s dairy, and from there decide whether or not I want to head off to graduate school.  It will be an adventure, that’s for sure!  Soon I will finish blogging about the amazing experiences I had in California.  The last few weeks flew by faster than I could blog!  Now, adjusting back to SD life is busy already too!  So by the end of next week I hope to have a few more videos and posts about my time with Maddox Dairy.    

Take a look into Maddox Dairy through my video blog. A great farm, great family, lots of great people. This is my second video, week two. Just shows you around the place a little more and a few other things too. Hope you enjoy! 🙂 Something not in the video, the calves are fed milk twice a day as well as grain three times a day.  Any questions email me at schweerana@gmail.com or use the ask me anything button.

Cleaning all over the farm happens everyday.  From the milking parlor, sand bedded freestalls to the bulk tank.  However earlier today I cleaned the calf barn floors, which is done everyday.  Then when I got home today I had to clean my kitchen, bathroom, vacuum the carpet and and sweep the patio outside!  Cleaning chores are sometimes things we all dread doing.  But farmers do them day in and day out to ensure the product leaving their farm is worthy of you and your family’s consumption.  Thank you Lord for creating a broom/dustpan, a hose, a pair of glove, rubber boots and two hands and feet to work with!