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When I was growing up, my family moved several times. I loved going with my parents to look at houses with the real estate agent.

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Americans love a good list of rankings. We list our ball teams, presidents, influential books, favorite movies, all by rankings.

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I once saw a post on Facebook from a member of a women’s ag group asking for examples of ranch lingo her daughter could use as part of a school presentation. There were dozens of helpful comments ranging from “pushing the drag” to vocab terms like “free martin.” I grew up on a ranch, but some of these terms I’d never heard, and my first impulse was to hop on Google and see what I could find. Then, my common sense caught up with me and whispered, “Some things you just don’t find on Google.”

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For those of you who forgot how easy it was to get started in farming, let me tell you about my friend Con. Many years ago, he bought a farm in the wilds of Minnesota. The feller who sold him the farm had his farm sale the day Con arrived to take possession of the land.

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Despite my mostly deserved reputation for tardiness, I was on a pretty good roll that morning. I had most of the feeding done by the time Mr. Sunshine finally eked his lazy head over the snowcapped peaks to the east.

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The last few weeks have been full of disappointments. The kind that wrench your gut. I haven’t wanted to write about it because it is hard for us folks in agriculture to talk about the things that hurt.

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