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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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As I drove through Yellowstone National Park, I thought, “If those folks would just put down those fishing poles and drive up the road 300 yards, they’d see a bull elk in velvet as inspiring as anything they’ve ever seen.” But they didn’t. The campers kept tossing in their fishing lines, reeling in air, completely unaware of anything not directly in front of them.

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I’ve sat through some pretty inane meetings – which someone captured perfectly in a Facebook post depicting a blue ribbon inscribed with, “I survived another meeting that should have been an email.” Nearly 34,000 people “liked” this post.

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“Cauliflower is the new kale.” If that statement left you scratching your head, then welcome to the club. The statement is attributed to Stacy Baas, brand strategist and trend-watcher for Earthbound Farm, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.

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One of my former farm-wife duties was to be the parts runner from the local dealership, and I hated it.

Me: My husband sent me to pick up a drive head for the mower.

Parts person: What year?

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I talked to a progressive producer at a winter show who said he had invested maybe $40,000 in precision and tracking technology that generated all kinds of data from his farm. Then he spread his arms about 18 inches wide and said, “I have a box full of information that I have no idea what to do with.”

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Dale Carnegie said, “If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

In college, my freshman dorm room was located on the ground floor. I had a habit of arising early while others slept. One morning, I caught movement out of the corner of my eye.

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