Archive for the ‘Farming’ Category

National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention

Friday, November 11th, 2011
CHS, the largest agricultural cooperative, invited me to attend the 68th annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City. I am intrigued by this specialized group of broadcasting professionals; they have big voices and a passion for agriculture. As a child, I was exposed to the industry from the speakers in my dad’s ole’ blue Chevy farm truck. (Which I rode shot gun with no seatbelt. How did we ever survive?) The radio was always on AM and tuned to the Big Show on Newsradio 1040 WHO. We would hear the up-to-the-minute agricultural market reports and farm news. And to think now I am rubbing elbows with these  radio voices. (more…)

Our Fall Harvest

Thursday, October 27th, 2011
As I was mixing ingredients for a pumpkin pie, my five-year-old daughter asked how the pumpkin got in the can. Yes, I buy canned pumpkins, even though I know how to make fresh pumpkin puree. Thank goodness, I could save a few steps by grabbing what I needed at the grocery store. Modern day food production makes life fairly simple to the home cook. (more…)

Sustainable agriculture is key to feeding a growing (and hungry) population

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Whew, nothing like 12 hours in a minivan to bring out the best in a family. We drove from Wichita to San Antonio for our much-needed summer vacation. The girls have been dreaming of petting dolphins and meeting a killer whale named Shamu. Sea World was our vacation destination and the most economical way of getting there was driving. I like driving, although less than 12 hours is more desirable. (more…)

Fighting Flood Waters

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
One of my oldest, dearest, childhood friends, Tina, married a farmer and is living the farm life in western Iowa. During our youth, she spent many hours on our farm. Tina thrived on fresh air and the nature that one can experience being in the country. She still embraces these things as she is a naturalist at a state park and a farmer. (more…)

Texas Wildflower Drought

Monday, April 25th, 2011
We lived in Texas for four years while continuing our college educations. When moving from the Midwest to the South, I had no idea I would fall in love…with wildflowers. More specifically, the Texas bluebonnets and their sidekick the Indian paintbrush. The pair brings color to the Texas landscape with breath-taking intensity. Each spring they display beauty along the Texas highways and fields. (more…)

Thank a Farmer

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
As Thanksgiving approaches, I reflect more about the things I should be grateful for. In my daughter’s third grade class they are preparing a Thanksgiving play that portrays the Thanksgiving feast (more…)

Diggin Dirt at Durham

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
I love teachers. They are a group of men and women whose career choice is more like a calling to them than a job. From my large farm family in Southeastern Idaho, only one corporate guy, me, emerged. The rest found their callings in education, farming, or small business.  So I was thrilled when I received an invitation from Harriet to represent the Nutrients for Life Foundation at Teacher’s Night at the amazing Durham Museum in downtown Omaha. It just so happened that the Durham had just opened their headline exhibit, “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil,” direct from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  For anyone who happened to miss this interactive and fun exhibit about soils in Washington, D.C., I suggest you book a flight to Omaha.  The venue at the Durham is just as roomy, parking is a heckuva lot cheaper, (aka, free) and who knows, maybe Warren Buffet will drop by while you are there. Teachers poured into the Durham that Friday night from Nebraska and Iowa to be treated like royalty by the Museum with free admission, free drinks, and platters full of free food. More than 50 exhibitors like me were lined up throughout the museum to offer our wares, and try to connect with this most important demographic slice of our society. The teachers were given large plastic bags, and they dutifully walked from exhibitor to exhibitor, sometimes in groups, and sometimes alone. As you would expect teachers to do, they were interested in learning from exhibitors, and of course, filling their large plastic bags with anything they could take back to their schools. They seemed fascinated with the materials that we were offering from Nutrients for Life. In fact, 50 teachers signed up to begin using the Nutrients for…


Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that gardeners experience some of the same frustrations in their home gardens that farmers see in their fields. (more…)

Colombian Farmers Learn Fertilizer Lingo

Friday, September 10th, 2010
We are busy preparing for our fall board of directors meeting, so you can only imagine the hustle and bustle around the office (very different from the peaceful serenity found in the garden).  (more…)

Modern Agriculture

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
My family is five of the 6.8 billion living here on planet Earth. It’s hard for me to fathom that in 2050, when I am 76 years old; they predict the population to be 9 billion!  (more…)

Sweet Corn

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Every summer we spend a couple of weeks back home on the family farm, Dan-D Farms. (more…)