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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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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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Should the U.S. government be collecting ag data, and to what extent? It costs money, you know, to collect all that data. The National Agricultural Statistics Service spent $179.5 million, the Forest Service $66.8 million, etc.

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“My wheat is gone! How am I going to get more chicken feed made?” If I hadn’t paid so much for that tablet with gaming apps, I’d have tossed it across the room.

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