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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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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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Every now and then on an ag online forum, I run across something that I can sit on no longer; it has to be shared. The first incident I’ll share with you has been modified slightly (with the author’s permission) to make it family friendly and to protect the identities of those family members who, bless their hearts, are doing their best to help.

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Common sense says it’s tougher to hit a moving target with a rifle than a stationary target. Hunting practice can assist in making adjustments for a moving target, but wartime wouldn’t be a good time to figure it out. During war, not only is the target moving, it’s shooting back.

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“I have a good idea,” I announce. “You have lots of ideas … but it takes a couple dozen for you to have a good one,” says anyone who knows me well. Yes, it’s true, but I’ve learned to relish the one good one I get.

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Question: Why does a toddler walk off the edge of a picnic table and face-plant?

Answer: Because the child doesn’t know that he doesn’t know. Feeling fully capable with a newfound ability to walk, but without the soon-to-be-learned ability to face-plant, a child has confidence … dangerous and reckless confidence. He just doesn’t know that he doesn’t know.

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