For many families, agriculture is a rich tradition. In West Virginia, Morgan Higginbotham is part of the next generation helping to continue her grandfather’s business, John Crihfield Farms & Greenhouses.
Categories: Why I Farm, Why I Farm Roadtrip
Tags: Beck's Blog, Why I Farm, Beck's Hybrids, family farming, Natalina Sents, Why I Farm Roadtrip, Morgan Higginbotham, John Crihfield Farms & Greenhouses, The Capitol Market, West Virginia, multi-generation farm
During the week leading up to New Year’s Day (or sometimes the day of if I forget about them), I have always written down New Year’s resolutions. Most of the time, they are the same typical ones. I am going to eat healthier. I am going to exercise more or lose weight. I am going to save more money. I am going to make more time for hobbies.
And year after year, I swear I am going to stick to them. I do for a while, and some years are better than others. But usually I find myself making some of the same resolutions again the next year. Can anyone relate to this? Maybe it’s with resolutions for yourself, your family, or even your farm?
Categories: Family and Farming
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, family and farming, family farming, Chelsea O'Brien, New Year's Resolutions, Goals for 2016, Farm Goals, Family Goals, New Year's Goals
Air Force. Army. Coast Guard. Marine Corp. Navy. Because of the courageous men and women from these five branches of military, we as Americans, have the ability to live lives of freedom. For that, we are sincerely grateful. Many of our country’s veterans are also farmers or involved in agriculture. In honor of Veterans Day, we wanted to share the stories of Beck’s customers and employees that have served our country through the military, and at home on the farm.
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, family and farming, family farming, Chelsea O'Brien, Honoring Veterans, Thank You Veterans, Veterans Day 2015
As I was browsing at a yard sale earlier this summer, I came across a picture frame with this quote embroidered inside. It was only about $2.00, but the message inside was worth millions...In a few short lines, it gives a perfect description of life on a farm during this time of year. As we all very well know, fall on the farm means being “on-the-go” a lot. It starts with the long days and nights of harvest, and then transitions into preparing the fields for winter. And on most farms, fall farming activities require help by the whole family. This means there isn’t a lot of time to be at home, or cook meals.
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, family and farming, family farming, Chelsea O'Brien, Fall Farming Activities, Cheeseburger Soup, Easy Apple Pie Bites, Harvest Quotes, Harvest Meals, THERMOcafe
Every year during planting season, it’s inevitable. Things get crazy. With only a small window to get all of your fields planted, things get rushed, planting becomes top priority, and other things tend to go out the window. I know these things are bound to happen. Farmers’ livelihoods depend on getting things off to a good start during planting, so I know how crucial this time is. However, I also want all of you to stay safe, healthy and happy during the craziness of planting. So as you take care of your fields this spring, don’t forget to also take care of yourself!
Tags: Beck's Blog, family and farming, family farming, Chelsea O'Brien, farm life, Planting Season, Be Safe During Planting Season, Eat Well During Planting Season
Succession planning. It’s not an easy topic. It’s filled with emotion, making conversations awkward, frustrating, hard, confusing, and exhausting. Until a couple years ago, it was the "elephant" in our family. We all knew it needed to be discussed, but none of us knew how to start the conversation.
If you’ve been following my journey in the Why I Farm movement, then you know my involvement has truly been a blessing – personally and professionally. All of the Why I Farm families challenged me to listen harder, write better, and share more. The Sowers’ family brought me closer to my farm. Marty Marr from MDM Farms made me reflect on the values my parents instilled in me. And Jack Frost helped me find God.
But it’s because of our next Why I Farm family that I found comfort.
Categories: Why I Farm
Tags: kentucky farming, Why I Farm, family farming, Farm Succession Planning, Why I Farm: Behind The Movement, Ashley Fischer, Women in Ag, Mandy Bryant, Long Vue Farms, Kentucy Farmers, woman in ag
As we all very well know, work on the farm doesn’t stop in the winter time. From milking, feeding and taking care of animals, to hauling grain or repairing equipment, there is plenty of work to do both inside and outside…even in those frigid temperatures.
By the time you finally return to the house, I bet you’re ready for a nice hot meal to help you warm up. And nothing beats that cold winter chill better than a steaming hot bowl of soup.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids Blog, Glendia Beck, recipes, family and farming, family farming, Chelsea O'Brien, From Glendia's Kitchen, Food Prepping, Meal Planning, Farm Recipes, Winter Recipes, Soups, Winter Work on the Farm, Hearty Chicken Cheese Soup
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…
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids Facebook, agriculture, beck’s hybrids, family farms, farm families, farm family, Chelsea Nord, family and farming, Beck family, family farming, family traditions, family cookbooks, farmwife, Beck's Blog Recipes, family farm, Beck's Facebook, homemade applesauce, applesauce, homemade recipes, home on the farm, homecooking on the farm
Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year. The weather starts to warm up (which is even more appreciated this year), the sun stays out longer, and the Earth wakes up from its winter slumber and begins to come to life. I love seeing the grass and fields turning green, hearing the birds start to chirp, and watching the flowers begin to bloom.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids Blog, Beck's Hybrids, Chelsea Nord, family and farming, family farming, Lent, family farm, Beck's Hybrids Seed Corn, Beck's Hybrids soybeans, Colored Easter Flowers, Daffodils, Tim McGraw Meanwhile Back at Mama's, TimMcGraw and Faith Hill, Academy of Country Music Awards, Easter Activities, Easter Family Traditions, Easter Flowers
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.
Categories: Outdoors with Mike Roux
Tags: Beck's Hybrids Blog, Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids Facebook, Beck's Hybrids Twitter, agriculture, beck’s hybrids, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, hunters, Mike Roux, Mikeroux.com, Beck's Hybrids seed advisor, hunting, blogging, family farming, The Great Outdoors with Mike Roux, cornfield, Mike Roux Outdoorsman, coyote hunting, coyotes, T/C Arms Pro Hunter .50 caliber, T/C Arms Encore, Apex 3-9 by Alpen Optrics, Alpen Optrics, Winchester #209 primers, .50 caliber sabot bullets by Hornady, Spencer Dietrich, hunting supplies, coyote hunting season, blackpowder coyote system
This coming Sunday, after church has let out and the chores have been done, football fans all across the U.S. will be crowding around their televisions for one of the most anticipated games of the year. The Super Bowl!
Now, sports haven’t been a regular topic in my blog, but they have been a big part of my life, and my family memories. so I wanted to share a little about our family Superbowl gatherings. And if you stay with me until the end of the post, you might find a pretty awesome recipe for you to bring to the party!
Tags: Beck's Hybrids Blog, Beck's Hybrids Twitter, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, farm families, Chelsea Nord, family and farming, family farming, Indianapolis Colts, family traditions, Beck's corn hybrids, Super Bowl, Super Bowl 48, Super Bowl Recipies, Sweet and Savory Pigs in a Blanket, George Nord, Taste of Home, Purdue Football, Tecumseh Jr./Sr. High School
Today I want to take a look at hunting in its purest form, through the eyes of a child. There are two ways that we can collect data on a child's perception of hunting. The first way is to remember. Take yourself back to the days when even a morning rabbit hunt was as big an adventure as an African Safari. The second way is much more precise. Just ask a kid.
Tags: Beck's Blog, beck’s hybrids, farmer, Beck's Hybrids, Father Time, hunters, fishing, Mike Roux, Mikeroux.com, hunting, outdoors, fishing stories, family farming, children hunting, hunting as a child, youth hunting, youth rabbit hunting, rabbit hunting, youth fishing, father son time hunting, L.L. Bean, The Great Outdoors with Mike Roux, Ithica Model 37 20-gauge pump gun
Well it’s that time. The time between Christmas and New Year’s where I’m back at work, but still thinking about the wonderful times spent with family, afternoon naps I was able to squeeze in, and all the great food I ate last week for Christmas. And just maybe regretting having that extra piece of cake… (In my defense, it was my birthday cake, AND it was the last piece, I couldn’t let it go to waste…right?)
Tags: Beck's Hybrids Blog, Beck's Blog, family farms, Beck's Hybrids, farm families, farm family, holiday season, Glendia Beck, cooking on the farm, Chelsea Nord, Christianity, family farming, Christmas, Christmas on the farm, boilermakerag.com, Best Red Velvet Cake. Ever., Pauline Beck, Beck's Ham and Bean Suppers, Beck's Hybrids History, family traditions, family cookbooks, Christmas Birthday, Jesus, Spiced Meat Balls, Meat Ball Appetizer, Crockpot Meat Balls, meatballs
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.
Categories: Field Stories
Tags: Beck's Hybrids Blog, Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids Facebook, agriculture, farmer, Illinois, farms, Beck's Hybrids, fields, Beck's Hybrids seed advisor, Ryan McAllister, Field Stories, Life Of A Traveling Salesman, farm family, Beck's seed corn, family farming, World's Largest Wind Chime, Casey Illinois, World's Largest Rocking Chair, World's Largest Wind Chime in Casey Illinois, mushroooms, humble farmers
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.
Tags: agriculture, farming, family farms, farmer, Indiana farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Illinois, Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, faith, Beck family, Christians, God, Sonny Beck, Scott Beck, Tony Beck, Allerton, family-owned company, Christianity, Beck's seed corn, Beck's soybeans, family farming, Hamilton County, Indiana