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Nov

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Calling All Farm Dogs

We’ve always had a dog. From English Setters, Pointers, a Chesapeake Bay, Beagles, a Blue Healer, a Tibetan Spaniel, and Labrador Retrievers, a dog has been essential to our farm. And for many of us, they’re not just companions, their family. We even talk to them as if they’re human. Don’t shake your head no; I know you all do this.

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Nov

2013

The Great Outdoors With Mike Roux

Shot Placement For Bowhunters

Author: Mike Roux

Hello, I’m Mike Roux and welcome to my outdoor column on Beck’s blog. It is my pleasure to be a member of the Beck’s Team. I have spent decades in the outdoors and I have a true passion to pass along what I have learned and experienced to my readers.

My blog will focus on fishing, hunting, boating, camping and all other outdoor activities that we all love. I will discuss how-to, where-to, why-to and introduce the places and people that can make your experiences in the outdoors more meaningful. I will spend quite some time dissecting the relationship that develops between the landowner and the hunters he allows to use his land. Farmers and hunters are partners with like conservation goals.

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Nov

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Barn Lot Memories

Let’s just say, at nearly 80 years old, I’ve experienced a few things in life. I’ve watched men leave for war, the stock market collapse, Mother Nature destroy farms, and housing additions pop up like corn rows. I’ve heard grown men cry, laughter in the hay loft, and the sounds of newborn calves on the farm. I’ve moved three times, retired early, and even had a face lift. And even though so much has changed, one thing has remained the same – my family.

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Oct

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Wordless Wednesday: Blue Tide

In honor of National FFA Convention, we took the Why I Farm movement on the road. This week, we're in Louisville, KY, visiting with more than 55,000 FFA members from across the United States. And I'm sure you'll agree with me, there truly isn't a better way to honor the American farmer than starting with our nation's youth. 

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Oct

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

The Silver Lining

As I walked across the tile floor in my bare feet, it sent shivers through my spine. I quickly threw my slippers on and ran downstairs with the dog in tow. It was 6:00 a.m. and she had been trying to wake me for 30 minutes. I opened the back door to a crisp, cool breeze that nearly knocked me out of my sparkly red slippers (no, not the Dorothy kind).

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Oct

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

An Invisible Passenger

Instead of getting worked up that I was now traveling at a mere two miles per hour, every few minutes on the interstate, I took in the city atmosphere. I listened as the cars in the opposite lane whizzed by at a methodical pace. With semis closing in around me, the smell of exhaust, brakes and dirty equipment took over my car. I was as far away from the country as I could get, and all I could think about was the farm.

 

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Oct

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #9 - Nathan Wentworth, Warrensburg, IL

On that Friday morning in early April, I felt like I was sitting across from my dad and brother. Although Austin is a little younger than Nathan, they're both smart men, eager to grow the farm, and prepare it for the next generation.

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Oct

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Time for a Rest Stop

It’s time for another rest stop. And this time, I’m taking you to one of my favorite places – harvest. On Sunday, September 22, I looked up into the bright blue sky, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath. A sweet smell wrapped up in a cool breeze swept across my face. And just for a minute the world stopped turning. 

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Sep

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #8 - Steve Sowers, Colchester, IL

I don’t run machinery. I’m not an agronomist. And fixing equipment, that’s what dad’s are for, right? But I do know one thing. I’m deeply passionate about our family farm. When I moved home nearly three years ago, it was to start a new job at Beck’s Hybrids. But moving home wasn’t just to start a new job; it was to be with family and to be near the farm.

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Sep

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #7 - Steve Vogel, Henry, IL

I could hear the beeping off in the distance. It was faint, but I knew it was there. After what seemed like an hour the beeping stopped. And even though silence can be eerie, this time it was peaceful. My mind started to relax, slowly drifting off into another world.

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Sep

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #6 - Allen Ett, Ashville, OH

I’m guilty. No, I didn’t commit a crime, although I did eat a small container of cookie dough ice cream last weekend. It’s equal to like two scoops, right? What I am guilty of is working on Sundays.

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Sep

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #5 - Aaron Johnson, Orleans, IN

I’ll be the first to admit, and I’m sure my husband will agree, having patience isn’t one of my best attributes. It’s something, that over the years, I’ve had to cultivate. And even though I firmly believe I acquired this trait from my dad, he is also one of the most patient people I know.

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Aug

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Time for a Rest Stop

It’s time for a rest stop. And if you’re like me on a long road trip, you need time to stretch your legs, grab a drink of water, and maybe even an ice cream cone. But I’m not going to take you to just any rest stop; I’m going to take you to the greatest spectacle in the agriculture industry - Farm Progress Show.

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Aug

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #4 - Bryon Coffman, Moweaqua, IL

As I looked side to side, my eyes couldn’t reach far enough. Bright orange with a hint of red and purple, it was absolutely breathtaking. The sky was like a hot burner on a stove and the longer it heated the more orange it became. In my 28 years, I’ve never witnessed a sunset like I did on one Friday evening this past July.
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Aug

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #3 - Scott Smith, Windfall, IN

It’s been six years since I became a graduate of Purdue University. Since then I’ve traveled more times than I can remember, moved to two different states, changed jobs three times, encountered numerous challenges, and had some of the best moments of my life.

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Aug

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #2 - Mark Thomas, Princeton, KY

What is it about a southern farmer that just makes them entirely charming? Is it their southern drawl, laid back personality, or how they never make you feel like a stranger? It was the first Saturday in April when I traveled 5 ½ hours south to visit Mark Thomas of Princeton, KY.


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Jul

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Have you ever asked yourself why you’re in the job you’re in? Is it to provide for your family? Is it a job you’re passionate about? Or maybe you don’t even consider your job a job because you love what you’re doing.

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