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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 was browsing the most recent issue of the Miner Institute Farm report and came across an article titled “Stumping the Experts” by Ev Thomas. He writes, in part:

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My husband and I recently returned from a visit to the island of Puerto Rico. I’m not much of a world traveler and that isn’t a place I ever really imagined myself going, but when I heard that the 66th Southern Pasture & Forage Crop Improvement Conference (SPFCIC) was to be held in this tropical paradise, I decided I needed to try and work it into my show schedule for this year.

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The Forage Spokesperson contest is held each year at the American Forage and Grassland Council meeting. Individual farmers are nominated by state affiliate councils to present at the national conference.

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Headlines from some of the news stories coming into my e-mail box in the past couple of weeks have been things like, “Winter Annual Weeds Going Crazy” and “Warm Weather and Pest Populations.”

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If you read any good business management books, one of the things they will tell you is that you need to have a mission statement, something to help you define your purpose and that gives you guidance and direction.

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It’s that time again – crunching the numbers to produce our annual forage statistics poster (click here to view). If you read my editorial at this time last year, you’ll know that working with numbers is not necessarily my favorite thing to do.

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