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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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“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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The question during winter months is not “Will you go to an ag trade show or association meeting,” but “How many ag trade shows or meetings will you go to?” Holy moly, there are more trade shows than tines on a wheel rake. It doesn’t take very many shows before trade show vendors feel a little tumbled with “leaf loss” themselves.

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I remember preparing my first Thanksgiving dinner as a newlywed. It was incredibly stressful. While a supper of freshly baked bread, cold milk, a slice of cheese and a dill pickle was (and still is) a feast in my book, according to my husband the stuffing at Thanksgiving was key to his happiness, and no one made it better than his mother. Grrreeeaaattt … where was I supposed to go from there?

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