Finding Faith and Purpose in an Uncertain Year

  I have many fond memories of the holiday season growing up. Shortly after Thanksgiving, you could smell Christmas cookies baking when you walked through the farmhouse door and hear Christmas music playing all throughout the day. My mom would love hiding Christmas presents around the house, and my siblings and I would try all…

Riding the Whipsaw

Ever since I can remember, people have described watching the volatility in dairy markets as something like riding a roller coaster. But, in 2020, it’s more comparable to a whipsaw. Those who work in the trading industry often use the term “whipsaw” to describe when a market abruptly moves in the opposite and unexpected direction….

Teamwork on the Field and in Business

Fall is my favorite season of the year. It’s not just because of the changing leaves and beautiful landscape, or because it’s harvest season when cooler temperatures finish out the soybean and corn crop awaiting in our fields. One of the reasons this is my favorite season is because I get to spend evenings at…

Getting Back Up Again

Earlier this summer a bad storm with straight-line winds went through our farm. The winds took out nine trees and a garage roof. Trees that towered over our house and had been there for longer than anyone can remember were pulled out of their root bed in a matter of seconds. They ended up lying…

Turning “Have Not” Into “Have”

This year has turned into the summer of “the have’s and have not’s”, in more ways than one. We have all become very familiar with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has caused havoc on many people’s lives. Some families are facing food and financial insecurity for the first time in their lives. It is…

Farm Life Virtues to Carry Us

Recently someone shared a list of 24 experiences that you would only have if you grew up in the country. People were supposed to count how many items from the list they experienced in their lifetime, and the goal was to get as close to 24 as possible. The experiences were things like sucking nectar…

The Cavalry Is Here

Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated “Memorial Day” in our country and honored military personnel who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. It is a day many hold sacred to remember the battles our country has fought for the safety and freedom of its citizens and to remember those who fought those…

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Managing Anxiety on the Farm

There is a lot of frustration out there right now – not just in the dairy industry, but throughout our society. People feel helpless and like they have lost control. It is easy to understand why. In the past two months, the unemployment rate went from 3 percent to 15 percent. Those who are working…

On Patience and Perspective

Most Americans would agree that our world has been turned upside down and inside out in the past four weeks. Just six weeks ago, America was experiencing one of the lowest unemployment rates in history and restaurant sales were at all-time highs. The latest statistics indicated that unemployment rates will reach 15 percent by the…

Who Moved Our Cheese?

Spring came quickly this year, with the weather warming up in late February and temperatures now topping 60 degrees or higher daily. We don’t know if this trend toward warmer weather means that spring officially arrived early or if it’s just an early taste before more cold weather. For most of us, the transition from…