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Mid-February 2019


  • Image by Greg Lamp

    We Like To Mention

    Farming is unlike any other profession. Raising crops and livestock takes perseverance, optimism and a thick skin to survive the ups and downs of fickle weather and commodity prices. But, no matter what the size of your farming operation or years of experience, one thing...

  • America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers are featured on the cover of The Progressive Farmer magazine, Image by The Progressive Farmer Staff

    America's Best Young Farmers and Ranchers 2020

    In the February issue of Progressive Farmer, we introduced the newest class of America's Best Young Farmers and Ranchers. Now, it's your turn. Join this fast-growing program by applying to be part of the class of 2020--our 10th-anniversary year.

  • Image by Getty Images, photo illustration by Barry Falkner

    Build a Legacy

    Perspiration, prayer and perseverance. This is how farms are built. But, when you pass on a passion for soil health to your children so they can pay it forward to theirs, that's how legacies are born.

  • Ron Makovicka and his son, Brad, use soil moisture monitors to take the guesswork out of scheduling irrigation applications, Image by Jim Patrico

    Make It Rain Only When Needed

    When you irrigate a farm over the Ogallala Aquifer, as the Makovicka family does, you are tapping a shrinking resource. The aquifer, which lies under 175,000 square miles across eight states of the Great Plains, has fallen about 16 feet on average in the last several...

  • Four generations of Reuschels continue a stewardship tradition. (From left) Andrew, Louis, Everett and Jeff, Image by Des Keller

    Coming Home

    On a sunny fall day with just a bit of a nip in the air, Andrew Reuschel is piloting the combine, swallowing 200-bushel-per-acre-plus corn on the family farm, near Golden, in western Illinois. In parts of the field, there are remnants of green foliage low to the ground between...

  • Kevin Ross with twin sons carver (left) and Hollis, Image by Greg Lamp

    Generations To Come

    When Sara and Kevin Ross look out over their hilly southwest Iowa farm, they see more than just their conservation efforts at work. They also see land that's been in their families for more than 100 years, and that drives them to do what they can to preserve it for the...

  • Donavon Taves took steps to educate himself and learn from past mistakes in switching to cover crops and no-till farming practices, Image by Debra L. Ferguson

    Slow and Steady

    As a teenager, Donavon Taves would spend hours thumbing through Popular Science magazines looking for new and interesting things to do, build or experience. Years later, the same curiosity was still strong when he heard about a different way of farming that had both...

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