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  • Blogger Jennifer Campbell had longed to be in the seat of a combine, to know what it felt like to run the machine. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell says the grass may look greener on the other side of the fence, but it's probably just the perspective of the view.

  • Blogger Meredith Bernard asks what if we all made a pledge to the sole purpose of bettering the world around us. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard asks what if we all took to heart the 4-H pledge?

  • Using a calendar to record special dates makes it easier for blogger Tiffany Lashmet to reach out to those who benefit from being remembered. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet suggests, whether it's a baked good or simply a short note, send the gift of remembering to a friend or family member who has felt loss.

  • Blogger Katie Pratt takes the time to talk about how precious time can be. (GMVozd, Getty Images)

    Blogger Katie Pratt says so many conversations we have involve time -- the lack of, the speed of, the loss of. Relatedly, there's always a need for more time with loved ones.

  • Blogger Meredith Bernard considers herself a walking, talking oxymoron but says what words help her embrace the middle. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard shares a contradictory statement of only 10 words that can provide a life lesson.

  • Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet spotted some of her neighbor's cows on the loose. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet stresses that to have a good neighbor, you need to be a good neighbor.

  • Family, fields and farming are a good recipe for a satisfying meal as explained by blogger Katie Pratt. (DTN photo by Katie Pratt)

    Blogger Katie Pratt offers tips for serving meals fieldside during harvest.

  • (DTN photo courtesy of Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell questions what is the threshold of traits that make a person a full-fledged farmer?

  • (DTN photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet has changed her perspective by making a conscious effort to notice how often people seem to be living 'have to lives' instead of 'get to lives.'

  • Wearing the blue and gold jackets are part of the FFA magic experienced by generations of Katie Pratt's family. (DTN photo by Katie Pratt)

    Having taken part in FFA as a teenager, this blogger is experiencing another facet of FFA, this time as a parent seeing her children making their own memories.

  • There is so much more that can be accomplished outside of a confined space, according to blogger Meredith Bernard. (DTN photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Meredith Bernard says there's a certain amount of comfort and safety doing the things you are used to doing, but the only way to real growth is opening the proverbial gate and exploring the world on the other side.

  • Blogger Jennifer Campbell and her husband, Chris, farm together in Indiana and still like each other after 30 years of marriage. (DTN photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell says a marriage of 30 years is bound to have plenty of ups and downs, but being best friends brings the fortune of tempering the bad times with the good and making through happily together.

  • Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet let her children take to Facebook to sell candy for a school fundraiser for some sweet results. (DTN photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet cringes when it is time for the school fundraiser. But selling one candy bar at a time can offer life lessons.

  • Blogger Tiffany says spring's mud was a challenge for her siblings and her when they did chores. (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    Blogger Katie Pratt says during the rainy part of the spring season, boots inevitably succumb to mud.

  • Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet shares some of the signs of hope she sees around her. (Photo by Pamela Smith, photo illustration by Barry Falkner)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet says if there is one thing farmers and ranchers must do well, it's hope.