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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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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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I’ve started this editorial four times. The problem is: I keep changing positions. Are farm simulations useful or detrimental?

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The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports, bar none. Last year, roughly $194 million was wagered on the race. While the derby will be concluded by the time you read this, alfalfa seed companies and growers are just now coming to the starting gate of a new enterprise.

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