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    At the Farm Gate

    Modern moms, Manure and Monarchs Mainstream, unusual mix on the farm
    03/01/2019 @ 8:00 am | By Joanie Stiers

    You could call me a modern, mainstream mom at times: I use grocery pickup services. The touch of a smartphone app locates my 13-year-old’s missing cell phone. And home-delivery subscriptions supply our household’s toilet paper and laundry detergent.

    At the Farm Gate

    Agriculture Hopes Pain Leads to Long-Term Trade Gain
    02/01/2019 @ 9:00 am | By Joanie Stiers

    On a recent winter night, my silent kids in the back seat reminded me of the bedtime car rides that rocked me to a light slumber as a child. With my childhood eyes closed, the car’s sounds and motions acted as my GPS between Grandma’s house and our rural abode.

    At the Farm Gate

    Best Bargains Made Early on Farm Supply Buys
    01/02/2019 @ 10:00 am | By Joanie Stiers

    My husband will attest that my obsession with holiday-time bargains unleashed when the kids slept. Morning and night, I glanced through bookmarked web-pages for product price drops in November and December.

    Farm Gate

    Farm creates country-style Christmas
    12/01/2018 @ 8:20 am | By Joanie Stiers

    I love this time of year. My infatuation with the holiday season seems fitting for a Christmas Eve baby who literally traveled home from the hospital in a Christmas stocking. I’m so in love with the Christmas season that my husband and I decorated a “wedding tree” at our late-summer reception in the farm shop: a 12-foot scotch pine under which guests placed presents – the tree itself was a gift from the local Christmas tree farm.

    Farm Gate

    Farmers work to put harvest on the done list!
    10/01/2018 @ 7:20 am | By Joanie Stiers

    I vividly remember looking over the spiral-bound, wide-ruled notebook folded open on Grandpa’s farm shop bench. On the paper, he scribed a list of things to do in thick pencil lead and all capital letters. His distinctive, slanted, all-caps handwriting emulated the feeling of authority and speed with its raw, yet refined, formation of words.

    Farm Gate

    Friends Celebrate a Century of Farm Bureau Impact
    09/02/2018 @ 7:15 am | By Joanie Stiers

    Farmer Dale delighted passengers with rides in his 1919 Ford Model T on that pleasant summer evening at the fairgrounds. The ride from yesteryear stirred thoughts about how the automobile dramatically changed life. Those thoughts continued under a nearby tent, where tractors from every decade of the last century sat on display. The earliest models replaced horses in a dramatic shift for farm life and food production.