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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 interviewed a gentleman in Kentucky who locally marketed grass-fed Belted Galloway beef farm-to-gate, as it were. He said he set up his beef cuts at farmers market stands and food fairs but wasn’t having the success he thought he would, even though the customers clearly specified a preference for grass-fed beef. He said simply, “The general public doesn’t know how to cook lean beef.”

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Most of us like to think of ourselves as agents of change, right? Isn’t that the “right” answer, the way we want people to see us?

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It’s prediction time, when ag analysts and economists will try to predict what will happen this year. So it’s a good time to remind you that they have no idea what will happen. None.

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“Don’t cross your eyes. They’ll get stuck that way.” Your mother said it; my mother said it; every mother everywhere said it. The premise was that one action, repeated over time, could have dire consequences.

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What lengths would you go to for a new baler? To have a little fun, I posted this question on an ag online forum. Assuming cash was not involved, and tongue-in-cheek, one Missouri producer said, “My wife, my kids and the dogs – well, maybe not the dogs.

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A few weeks ago, an Ohio producer commented that this was a year like no other. He lamented that he finally took his first cutting of alfalfa July 4 and his second growth, after 30 days, was only 6 inches high and discolored.

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