|Clashing combines are a yearly event. (Photo by S. Arnoff Yeoman, Ambrook Research)|
Young farmers who dream of owning their own land, animals and equipment are up against financial challenges that can make farm ownership seem unattainable. Myron Friesen, co-owner of Farm Financial Strategies in Osage, Iowa, who works exclusively with farm families across the Midwest "to develop farm transition strategies," gives some sage advice and encouragement here.
Meet first-generation farmer Kevin Engel, who "faced the odds stacked against him" and became a successful farmer. But farming isn't Engel's only interest. The Virginia farmer has a "special affinity for a champion colt, nicknamed Big Red, aka Secretariat," reports Rhonda Brooks of Farm Journal. Engel told Brooks: "Meadow Stables, the farm where Secretariat was born and raised, is the first land I ever farmed." Brooks reports, "Engel and his family were able to purchase some of the fabled farm just this year, including a picturesque pasture, called Meadow Cove, where Secretariat grazed and played as a youngster."
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Farmers can be described by their multiple roles as botanists, mechanics, gardeners, quasi-veterinarians and tractor warriors. Given the physical work and mentally taxing skills farming requires, it's not surprising that farmers have stress. To help farmers find outlets and coping strategies, the Avera Farm and Rural Stress Hotline was developed, reports Ariana Schumacher of AgWeek. "This hotline meets agricultural producers where they are. With just one simple phone call, callers are connected with resources to help with mental health or other needs that they are facing."
|Skip-row corn can fair better in windstorms.|
(Photo by James Hitchcock via Farm Journal)