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Progressive Forage editor Lynn Jaynes grew up on a cow/calf and farming operation in southern Idaho, and has published several books. Her commentary blends love of agriculture with industry perspective, common sense and sound values.

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At 6:45 this morning, I was a mouse hunter, albeit a slow one – I used to be formidable with a shoe for a club and adept at turning over furniture with one hand, but apparently I’m now just slightly slower than diesel in sub-zero weather.

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If you’ve Googled “productivity” lately, you’ll find articles on 10 habits you should break to be more productive, 11 ways to make this your most productive year, the physics of productivity, maximizing focus to master priorities, eight things you should do before 8 a.m.

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Farming isn’t easy; I don’t have to tell you that. It will rain on your hay, your cows will get out, the market won’t always play nice and that quarter-of-a-million dollar tractor won’t always run like it’s supposed to – if at all.

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By the time you read this, “we the people” will have elected (and not happily, I might add) one more U.S. president. Some say voting is the ultimate exercise in democracy. However, it’s also been said, “You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Volunteers are builders.

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The unsavory truth is that the 21st century may be marked in history as the advertising age. Marketing has not always been unsavory, and it’s certainly not new. Christopher Columbus (Italian by birth) got Spain to finance his sailing explorations, and even though he missed his target destination, he has a national holiday designation and is mentioned in every history book.

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Nobody likes the end of a close basketball game because it’s nothing but a foul-fest; coaches routinely instruct players to foul the worst free-throw shooter on the opposite team. It’s so painful to watch.

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