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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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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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Nov

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Thankful

As I sat around the kitchen table with my mom, dad and brother, Austin, I was quickly reminded of three things. 1) We are not a mushy family. Don’t get me wrong, we have feelings; we just don’t like talking about them. 2) Eating homemade beef and noodles on a cold Saturday evening with a fire in the background is near perfection. 3) I am incredibly thankful for my farm family.

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Nov

2013

Looking Past The Numbers: Inside The Research Department

Blogging Before Blogging Was Cool

Author: Doug Clouser

When you work at a company for nearly 20 years, you gain lots of stories. From humorous to heartfelt, many of the stories I’ve gained are actually learning experiences. My name is Doug Clouser and I’m the product lead at Beck’s Hybrids. I’ve been a part of the research team since 1996.

I’ll admit this first blog has me a little nervous. I can speak and write for days on product information, product placement, or even technologies. This whole idea of entertaining or educating in a blog format is a bit outside my comfort level.

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Nov

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

The Aspiring Farm Dog

Can I tell you a secret? And do you promise to not laugh? I mean it, you have to promise. I really wanted to enter my dog, Pearl, into the Why I Farm Fan Favorite Farm Dog Contest on Facebook. But I can't, and it's not because she isn't cute.

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18

Nov

2013

Field Stories

Life Of A Traveling Salesman

I’m Ryan McAllister and I’ve been an agronomist with Beck’s in IN and OH. Currently, I am a Farm Business Advisor for Beck’s selling seed and working with large farmers over 5,000 acres in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

So what is this blog intended to become? I don’t know. That’s the fun part. I’ll probably talk about these very unique things that happen to me during my life as a traveling seed salesman. There are always things to learn, even life lessons, through these encounters that I have too. So I’ll be sharing some of those as well.

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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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