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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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I’ve heard many farmers, dairy producers and ranchers say they wished they could spend more time on a tractor or horse instead of riding around in a pickup or stuck in front of a computer.

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May seems to be a month full of expectation and anticipation. Consistently warmer weather and longer days open a whole new world of possibilities of what to fill them with. For those in this industry, it means fresh plantings and the start of another growing season.

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I’ve been reading books lately that promise to share the secrets Fortune 500 companies use to be and stay successful.

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There’s a fine line between mastering a skill and being lucky enough to pull an action off successfully. A skill is defined as the ability to do something well, but simple tasks can be done well with a certain amount of luck and a lot less effort.

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My husband decided to buy a used Harobed (as we call them, and no, that’s not misspelled, although many use the spelling “harrow bed” erroneously; the machine was invented in the late 1950s by Gordon Grey, who named it by spelling his daughter Deborah’s name backward, so the story goes; for those in other parts of the haying world, I’m referring to a stacker … but I digress).

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Every January brings another round of new beginnings and wishes for what the year ahead will bring. While New Year’s resolutions may not be for everyone, a new year is another opportunity to reset our goals and evaluate how far we have come in the past year.

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