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There wasn't a son or daughter looking to take over my operation, and I didn't want to auction it off to just anyone either. I had years spent moving the operation toward a more ecological balance, and I wanted to transition to someone like-minded.

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Welcome to the random ramblings and humble thoughts from an addled producer and agricultural advocate. I am a farmer and rancher from the northern Flint Hills in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, and a former county extension agent.

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If you really want to know what people think, ask a child. Children have a unique way of being brutally frank because they haven’t been schooled in the art of filtering their thoughts. Ask any fourth grader and they will tell you that farmers are older, male, Caucasian, poor, dirty and uneducated.

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Runners often rhapsodize about something called an “endorphin high,” which apparently occurs when you punish your body until it begins to crank out its own painkillers in self-defense. As thrilling as that sounds, I usually pass. My lungs are not meant to bleed.

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One thing is for sure, agriculture needs as many positive voices telling the story of our industry as possible. It seems that everyone has an opinion on our livelihood, especially those on social media with negative messages.

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For sake of clarity, in my part of the world, ranchers raise cattle and farmers raise crops. I am not a farmer. My husband can testify that I never will be, no matter how often he is forced to stuff me in a tractor.

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