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Survival skills can be just so much bluster and bluff. Survival history is a completely different beast – heavy on the “beast.”

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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful little valley called Pleasant Valley. Pristine streams ran down from wooded hillsides. Wild game was abundant. Fish flourished. The peasants tilled their farms and irrigated them with mountain water. The livestock grazed the grassy meadows. It was a contented community, though lacking in material wealth.

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For as long as there have been farmers there have been farm wives. And today, we are not just farm wives; many of us are farmers in our own right. In an occupation where work, family and lifestyle are so impossibly intermingled, a female farmer faces a unique set of challenges.

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At 6:45 this morning, I was a mouse hunter, albeit a slow one – I used to be formidable with a shoe for a club and adept at turning over furniture with one hand, but apparently I’m now just slightly slower than diesel in sub-zero weather.

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Truck operating procedures can be straightforward – or not. Radiator shutters were once part of the temperature control system for the engines on heavy trucks. They seemed to work well when new.

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Long before diesel engines were the primary power source for farm tractors, most early tractors were powered by gasoline or kerosene.

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