Monday, January 13, 2014

Extra! Extra!

From the moment we moved to the farm two and a half years ago, I was bombarded by the amount of ag-related publications we would receive in the mail each week.  We could get up to 20 newspapers, magazines, and newsletters...just related to farming.

This was compounded by the fact that we would get doubles, and sometimes triples, of the same thing!  One to Travis.  One to his dad.  And one to either of their names that had just been misspelled at one point and the publishers couldn't figure out they were mailing three of the same thing to one address.

This was exaggerated by the fact that the guys prefer to pile up said publications on the end of our kitchen island until it is a tower of paper.  This is the same island that we eat every meal around.  Annoying to say the least.

This is the "managed" pile of papers.

While we have managed to get the number of publications reduced by calling the publishers and getting off the mailing list so that only one item is delivered, I still have to nag kindly ask Travis to sort through the pile once a week and decide what needs to be kept and what can be brought to the recycling bins in town.

However, I do have to admit that I try to flip through them as well and read an article or two.  There are some great articles that have expanded my knowledge of the agriculture and the business of farming.  (Yet, somehow I am usually interrupted by a child wanting to eat...because I am in the kitchen.  And if I am in the kitchen, you better believe that someone will notice.)

Since I had been reading some of these publications (and was aware that they existed), it was quite exciting when Travis was contacted in mid-December by Jonathan Knutson of Agweek!  Through our connection with North Dakota Farm Bureau, Jonathan had been given our name and came to the farm along with his photographer to interview us about our "modest sized" farm.

Over five years ago, I would have never imagined that in the near future we'd be living on a farm with careers in agriculture, and be telling our story.  And what a story it has been - I can't wait to see what it still holds.

Read all about it!...



  1. So neat! Way to be a trend setter, Dana!

  2. Way to go Travis and Dana! We're proud to have you on NDFB's YF&R Committee! Thanks for blogging about it too!