By the Numbers

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  • Step back, close your eyes, pray, meditate, clear your head, take a deep breath -- just stop and pause. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell encourages people to take care of themselves by taking a pause every now and then.

  • Sharing the what, why and how of farming with others can be very satisfying. (Getty Images)

    Blogger Katie Pratt shares how volunteering to bring the farmyard to the schoolyard doesn't have to be a daunting task.

  • Sometimes there's more to treasure in life than a shiny new combine on the field. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet shares how the best fruits of the harvest are the memories made with the people we love.

  • A new best friend: a cast-iron skillet. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard explains why being "perfectly imperfect" can be just fine.

  • This crop year will have a ripple effect on years to come. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell learns the seven stages of grief can apply well to the current year in agriculture.

  • Sometimes adding a horse ride to the day's agenda is the best thing to do. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet shares how no work got done on the farm on a recent morning, but memories were made as three generations rode horses together.

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    An attitude of gratitude will not make all this year's farm issues magically disappear, but blogger Katie Pratt says it could help.

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    Dandelions may be a sure sign of summer, but for blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, the pretty yellow blooms are also a yearly reminder of one of her Gran's grand schemes.

  • One of blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet's favorite things about being involved in production agriculture is that despite the geographical differences, farm kids are farm kids.

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    Blogger Jennifer Campbell knows there will be plenty of issues to face in 2019, but she says she's ready for them.

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    Everything on Jennifer Campbell's Christmas wish list needs to be tax deductible.

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    With so many "hats" we all wear, life can get overwhelming and suffocating under their shadow.

  • The DuPont Financial Analysis Model was originally developed as a tool for analyzing the rate of return on assets, but with a simple step, it can also be used to analyze the rate of return on equity. (Courtesy graphic)

    When most farmers look at their financial ratios, they analyze either their trends over time or relative to benchmarks. But it's also helpful to dig into what is driving their bottom line and to do "what if" analysis to see the impact different changes would...

  • Implementing real-time, site-specific business software can help farmers remain profitable. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    For farmers, margins are tight and additional spending is always carefully scrutinized. To remain profitable, farmers need to think about implementing real-time, site-specific business software sooner rather than later.