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May

2018

Why I Farm: Spring Around the Country

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, farmers and ranchers around the country have been preparing for a new season.Here’s what spring looks like for some of our Why I Farm Roadtrip featured farmers around the country.

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3

Oct

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Maine FARMERS, Jenni & Dana Flood

The Flood family has a rich history of farming near Clinton, Maine spanning more than 200 years. “The original property was deeded to an ancestor by King George," Jenni Tilton-Flood beams. "It moved through different wings of the family, but there was always somebody here, subsistence farming.”

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5

May

2016

Family and Farming

Mom's Dinner Rolls: A Labor of Love

This weekend many will be celebrating those special women we call, Mom. Mothers play a number of important roles within a family. For my mom it’s hug giver, cheerleader, chef, teacher, life coach, and role model. For many, it may also be early riser, caretaker, seamstress, tractor driver, farmer.

Recently I had the opportunity to interview two incredible farm moms, Marcia Gorrell of Marshall, Missouri and Cathy Ogg of Martin, Tennessee for my column in our CropTalk Newsletter...

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Feb

2016

Family and Farming

Farmhouse BBQ Muffins

Do you have any favorite “go-to” recipes? Whether it’s a busy weeknight, family get-together, or an impromptu party, there will always come a time when you’re going to need a quick, yet delicious recipe that everyone is going to love.

One of my favorite go-to recipes for times like these is Farmhouse BBQ Muffins. This recipe was originally published in Taste of Home Magazine in 1994 so my family has been making these, as well as our own variation of them, for years. In addition to being really good, this recipe is also very simple. My mom would let us help make them as kids so keep these in mind if you have a kiddo that likes to help in the kitchen!

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26

May

2015

Intern Avenue

Love for Stories

For as long as I can remember, I have been completely fascinated by stories. Growing up, I loved when Dad would read to us before bed. On long road trips, my younger brothers and I would beg to hear his “Ralph stories”, tales of an old farm dog who learned life lessons with his master, Farmer Jones.

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17

Dec

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Farming for a Purpose

I struggled all day. Struggled to capture my thoughts. Struggled to find the right words. And the more I struggled, the more I started to doubt myself.

With my frustration increasing, I slumped back in my chair, closed my eyes, and prayed for a little encouragement. If you’ve been following my journey on the Why I Farm Movement, then you’ll know it’s because of the Movement that I found my faith. While it helped me connect with Him, I’m still learning, searching and trying to figure things out. One thing I do know, you can talk to Him about anything – even writer’s block.

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5

Nov

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Living a Double Life

Learning is a constant part of life. It keeps our minds energized and our hearts full. With a teacher for my mom and a farmer for my dad, learning at our house was endless. And still to this day, I don’t leave their house without gaining a new piece of knowledge.

With National FFA Convention occurring last week, I couldn’t think of a better topic to discuss – education. Because to me, teaching and farming go hand in hand, especially if your day starts with the sound of a school bell.

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Oct

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Therapeutic Thursday

After three days of rain across the Midwest, patience might be wearing thin, especially since we're in the peak of harvest. And, if you're having yields like my dad in central Indiana, it's one of the best harvests he's ever had, and might ever see in his lifetime. But big yields means a slower harvest. Longer lines at the grain terminal. More days in the field. And more time relying on patience. Something that isn't easy for my family.

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25

Sep

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters

It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week. Did you know that? A week dedicated to educating about the importance of farm safety. Because as we all know, farming is one of the most dangerous jobs.

Now that harvest has started, farm safety should be top of mind. Not just for farmers, but for everyone who travels on the road. So, as I was researching Farm Safety Week, I ran across an article from the staff at Successful Farming. Here are a few tips they put together.


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20

Aug

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Through the Lens of Scripture

I became closer to God today. Why? Because of one Indiana farmer who was unconditionally honest. When I started blogging about the Why I Farm movement, I made a promise to you - I would share how this journey has affected me. But what I didn’t realize is just how much my perspective on life would transform.


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6

Aug

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Wordless Wednesday: Time to Dream

A few weeks ago, my aspiring farm dog Pearl and I sat on the deck at my parent’s farm. After a busy week, we both needed a night at the farm to unwind. As I situated myself on the deck, Pearl quickly found her spot of rest in the cool, green grass. Just as the sun started to fall, the wildlife awoke. We listened to the bull frogs tell a love story, watched fish leap out of the water, and occasionally caught ourselves dreaming.

I couldn’t help but wonder what was going through her mind. Was she dreaming about the next dip in the pond? Catching tennis balls? Playing with the other farm dogs? Either way, on that Friday evening, watching the sun set and letting my mind dream was the best part of my day.

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Jul

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Passing on a Legacy

A couple weeks ago, my dad and I had what I like to call a father-daughter date. It wasn’t planned. But to me, those are the best kind. With my mom out-of-town and my brother with friends, dad and I were on our own for dinner. Over barbecue sandwiches at Famous Dave’s, we laughed about our day, talked crops, the weather, and my travels. Then on our way back, as we rounded the last turn to the farm dad asked me a question.

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24

Jun

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

The Journey Continues

With the windows raised, I could hear every raindrop pelt the earth, every whisper from the wind, and every bird sing a love song. As I looked out the window, I could almost see the wind swirling around my house, charting its way through an obstacle course. Then, as if God just hit a strike at the bowling alley, a crack of thunder and lightning shook the walls.

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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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26

May

2014

Looking Past The Numbers

What We Measure Tends To Improve

Author: Doug Clouser

“What we measure tends to improve.” Francis Beck regarded that quote as one of his favorites.

I am not sure who originally said this, or if this is even the original way in which it was stated. But what I have learned over my career here at Beck’s, and especially the last year or two, is that this is definitely a sentiment that I believe in.

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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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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

Field Stories

Positivity and Perseverance

For me, spring hasn’t yet fully arrived, regardless of temperature, until Opening Day of the Cincinnati Reds. Monday, March 31 was an Opening Day that I will not forget. The Reds lost. Darn it! But, the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, barbecue Ribs at the Montgomery Inn, which is right on the Ohio River, the smell of La Rosa’s pizza by the slice, fresh green grass, and America’s favorite pastime, make Opening Day one that remains special regardless of win or loss.

Spring is here! Although, I haven’t decided yet if the Reds have realized that, they aren’t starting off very good! At the writing of this blog, the Reds are 2-6 and already 3.5 games out of first place. That’s a horrible start! But, does that mean that is how they’ll finish?

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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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