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17

Jun

2016

Intern Avenue

Agriculture is a Family Affair

Author: Celina Young

Family is a huge part of the company culture here at Beck’s. We pride ourselves on being family owned, faith based, and farmer focused. I have been fortunate to be part of the Beck’s family this summer, but after over a month here, I was happy to go home and see my own family this weekend. As I traversed through Iowa, visiting cousins and grandparents, I began to notice something. From seeing the family farm, to tractor rides across the state, I realized how much my family’s agricultural background is a part of who we are.

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Oct

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Wordless Wednesday: A Success Story

Sometimes you just can't seem to find the words. And today, is one of those days, which is why I love Wordless Wednesdays. Plus, I get to feature a photo I captured in the field a few days ago. For me, the lighting was perfect. But it wasn't until after I took the photos that I realized just how beautiful the soybeans looked. Magical even. Or maybe that's just me. Either way, it reminded me of something our Why I Farm farmer, Marty Marr, once said. And I couldn't agree with him more.

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7

Jul

2014

Family and Farming

From Glendia's Kitchen - Cooked Salad Dressing

This past weekend, we celebrated our country’s freedom and the honorable people that help protect it. It was great to see so many community festivals and posts online honoring our freedoms and being thankful for what we have as a country. To me, celebrations (no matter what the occasion) should always contain three important things: the reason you’re celebrating, those you love around you, and great food.

Continue reading to hear more about my 4th of July weekend and the good food from this week's blog, Glendia's Cooked Salad Dressing!

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May

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

When I moved to Texas in 2007 it was to start my first big girl job. But before leaving my dad gave me a magnet to put on my refrigerator. Since then, that magnet has traveled more than 2,000 miles, calling home to four refrigerators.

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May

2014

Family and Farming

Making Things By Hand - Homemade Applesauce

The other day I was making my usual grocery list, writing down the items without even thinking. Milk, coffee, creamer, cereal, bananas, veggies, meat, bread, cheese, granola bars, applesauce, and various other things.

The radio was playing in the background, and all of a sudden I hear this come across the airwaves…

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19

May

2014

Field Stories

Every Dog Has A Story

Every dog has a story. The majority of the farms I visit seem to have a farm dog. It seems like these dogs are usually a mixed breed. The more I think about it, I very rarely see a purebred version of man’s best friend. From my own experience, the more mixed the dog, the more brains God put in his head.

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May

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

So God Made A Farmer's Wife

Do you remember Paul Harvey’s “So God Made A Farmer” speech? Well, a young woman by the name of Sierra Shea wrote a similar poem in recognition of the farmer’s wife. In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to post her poem. And don’t forget that this Sunday, May 11 is Mother’s Day.

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30

Apr

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Paying it Forward

One by one tears began to form, sprinting down my cheeks as if they were in a marathon. Knowing the tears were endless, I pulled over, rolled my window down, and looked across the open field. The wind grazed across my face, sweeping tears away from the finish line. I sat there for what seemed like an eternity, my heart full of happiness and heartache.

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Apr

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Top 10 Ways to Stay Patient While Waitin' on Spring

When I think of how this spring has gone or better yet, hasn’t gone, I’m reminded of a certain song. Have you ever heard “Waitin’ on a Woman” by Brad Paisley? This song defines my life. And even though I hate being late, I usually always am. Just ask my husband.

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20

Mar

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Sheet Music of Spring

The smell of soap and wax contaminated the air. Sunrays beamed through the newly cleaned windows and a brisk, but refreshing breeze swirled through the shop doors. Tools used to tighten bolts, make adjustments, and fix parts clattered as they reached their destination. In the distance, I could hear the rustle from a broom gliding across the floor. And every so often, you could hear the song of a bird in love.

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10

Feb

2014

Field Stories

PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE THEY EXIST – PART 2 OF A 2 PART BLOGGING SERIES

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with traveling and trying to dodge the winter storms that we’re getting hit with here in the Midwest. So for today’s blog post, I thought it would be nice to share a lighthearted story with you to give you a little smile on this cold winter day.

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3

Feb

2014

The Great Outdoors With Mike Roux

Blackpowder Coyotes

Author: Mike Roux

The snow and brutally cold temperatures we have endured over the past couple weeks makes doing anything outdoors uncomfortable. However, for those that want to fight the cold weather and still have some fun outdoors, now is a great time of year. One of the best things that winter brings to hunters is hungry coyotes. The conditions lately are perfect to call-in and shoot these wild canines.

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Jan

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

The Farmer's Creed

Have you ever just aimlessly searched the Internet? Or have you ever clicked on a link that a Facebook friend posted? Then after 20 minutes and several clicks later you find yourself engrossed in someone’s blog, reading post after post because you’re learning, inspired, or intrigued.

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16

Jan

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #10: Martin Marr, New Berlin, IL

No guts, No glory. A saying I learned early in life and one I’ve strived to live by. For as long as I can remember, this is something my parents have truly embodied. And if they ever doubted themselves, it never showed.

They taught me to have grit, take a few risks, and have confidence. I’ve learned that life will knock you down, probably more than once, but it’s not the number of times you fall, it’s how you get back up.

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Dec

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Merry Christmas From Our Family Farm To Yours

Did you hear that? I'm pretty sure I can almost hear the sounds of Christmas all around - bows being torn, wrapping paper ripping, children laughing, and holiday music playing in the background. It's Christmas Day. A day to celebrate our faith, our family, and all of our blessings. But first, we must thank one very special person.

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16

Dec

2013

Field Stories

Known For Something

We are all known for something. Even if we go out of our way to not stand out in a crowd. Some of us desire to be known for something. Maybe it’s our athletic ability, intelligence, job title, role in the family, being the best mom or dad we can be, or a superior businessman or woman. While others seem to be content to sit on the sidelines and to be obscure, even somewhat mysterious. But even if you try not to be known for anything, then you may be known as humble.

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Dec

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

A Company With A Heartbeat

Faith. Christianity. God. Normally you wouldn’t see these words on a company blog, but I can type them proudly. And it’s not just because I am a Christian. It’s because I work for a family-owned company, Beck’s Hybrids. Maybe you don’t remember from my first blog, but I absolutely love my job. Not only do I love what I do, I love who I work for, what the Beck family stands for, and how they’re not afraid to share their beliefs.

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Dec

2013

The Great Outdoors With Mike Roux

The Invisible Rut

Author: Mike Roux

As the sun rose on opening day of the 2013 Missouri firearms deer season, I found myself in familiar surroundings. This was the fourth season that my good buddies Roger Lewis, Mike Hamski and I have shared this great farm in northeast Missouri. As good as this spot has been to us over the years, this weekend was a bit slower to develop. With temperatures near 70 degrees and winds just about that strong, it was pretty slow in comparison to past opening weekends.

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Dec

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Live for Today

We’re planners. It’s part of who we are. Whether it’s planning a wedding, vacation or birthday party, planning for the future is part of life. But sometimes we get so caught up in planning that we forget to live for today.

We forget to take that breath of fresh air as the cold, winter wind sweeps across our face. Instead we gripe about having to turn the heat up. We forget to look up at the blue clear sky as the trails from planes are left behind. Instead we jump in our vehicles, back out of the driveway and speed off to the next destination.

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1

Dec

2013

Family and Farming

The Whole World Needs A Kitchen

When you come from a farm family of 12 aunts and uncles and 30 first cousins (that’s just my Dad’s side), there are bound to be a lot of family gatherings. Whether it was Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or even just a Sunday after church, some of my earliest memories revolve around the kitchen on my grandma and grandpa’s dairy farm. It was there that I learned to play euchre, scrabble (my grandma was a pro), and how to make some of my all-time favorite foods.

 

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