After enjoying lunch together, Tim’s wife asked him to get something out of the attic. She was looking for a small box of porcelain figurines saved from her great-grandmother.
It was exciting to put our kindergarten son on the school bus for the first time.
For as long as I can remember, my dad has told the story about the divine sign giving him direction when he was young.
Each time I drive over a bridge, it reminds me of something one of my business mentors used to say: “How fast would you drive on a bridge if there were no guardrails?”
One of my favorite memories growing up was going to eat as a family for Mother’s Day. My uncle, aunt and two cousins joined my mom, dad and four sisters with my Grandma Bohr and headed to Dickey’s Prairie Home restaurant in Packwood, Iowa, to celebrate our mothers.
For many years, my son and daughter showed 4-H steers. For a majority of that time, we raised our own. We had a process to go to the pasture when the calves were little and pick which ones we thought would turn out best.
Everyone in agriculture knows about “fair” and “equal.” These are two simple words heard at each conference, planning meeting and family discussion about farm transition.
A popular country music song by Luke Bryan tells the story of a country boy’s independence and love of the outdoors.
There are many things to be thankful for in this life. This column leads with electricity because as much as we all rely on the comforts that electricity provides, most of us do not understand how it really works.
Recent harvest rains brought the opportunity for us to catch up on the farm.
The value in a farm transition planning process is not only identifying issues but also (most importantly) finding solutions that fit your individual goals. Everyone involved may agree on the issues, but there can be disagreement on how to solve these issues.
One of the things that I love most about my mother is her spunky and always positive outlook on everything she does. She is the most giving and kind person I know.
In reading through emails from IFT Publications readers this past week, a common theme stood out to me. There were five separate emails that each asked about different issues, but all five of them asked about timing.
This past month, my daughter had the privilege to experience the Iowa FFA convention in Des Moines. What a fabulous experience for the 3,000 young leaders in Iowa agriculture who attended.
Last month’s column on my grandmother’s “Old Wives’ Tales” brought some fun discussion to my office.
My grandmother was a disciple of the Farmer’s Almanac. She was full of old wives’ tales. She could talk for hours on end about most anything. As long as she was putting food in front of me, I could listen for hours.
The credit for the invention of the boomerang goes to the Aborigines. Prehistoric man would throw stones or sticks at prey. Eventually, they realized that a curved stick actually created accuracy and velocity.
The very first column I ever wrote was about a retired U.S. Navy fighter pilot who was shot down over Vietnam at age 24. After 75 combat missions, Captain Charles Plumb was forced to eject his fighter jet and parachute to temporary safety.
As farmers, we prepare for next season through the winter months. We prepare for tax season by deciding how much income to defer and discovering deductions. We prepare for planting season by working on equipment.
Ben Franklin might just as well have been talking directly to today’s farmers when he famously said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.”
A client called this week with follow up questions on their estate and farm transition planning process. We decided together that their questions and the subsequent answers would be good information to share.
Electricity has always intrigued me, from the very first time an electric fence tickled my belly as a little boy to the present. I have learned an immense amount of respect for the benefits it can provide and the dangers that can occur with providing it in the wrong manner.
Risk is second nature to farmers. Prices, interest rates, weather, input costs and land costs are at the top of the risk list for all of us. Emotions play a key role in mitigating these risks.
We never know when and where something profound will happen to us. The trick is to either be on constant lookout or be lucky.
The year was 1984 and it still seems like yesterday. I was in the 8th grade in Kalona, Iowa (about 11 miles from our farm in Wellman).