Category: Young Farmers and Ranchers

Summer Heat

How long is this drought going to last? Here in SC it has been really hot and dry. My peach crop is suffering and there’s no relief in sight. According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, 72 percent of the … Continue reading

What A Week!

Last Tuesday we headed to New Orleans, LA, for our Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation 90th Annual Meeting. The fun started with registration on Wednesday and ended with a very productive voting delegate session on Sunday.  We had a very busy … Continue reading

Fair is Coming!

Right now, the three middle kids are taking a quick break from working with animals. We have 3 calves and a goat tied up to the deck and the kids are guzzling water while I type this out quickly. There … Continue reading

No Crop, No Paycheck

My, the difference a year makes!  Last year at this time, all of the non-irrigated cotton that we had planted was laying in dry dirt with no hope of coming up without a significant amount of moisture.  This year all … Continue reading

1940 Census, A Step Back in Time

Earlier this spring the National Archives released the 1940 Census to the public. If you are wondering what took them so long, there is a 72-year waiting period required by law to respect the privacy of the respondents. The personal … Continue reading

Agricultural conversations

A thought occurred to me today as I was leaving people voicemails. I’m in the habit of saying “talk with you soon,” rather than what I hear in voicemails as, “talk to you soon.” I don’t want to come across … Continue reading

To Buy or Not to Buy…That is the Question

As a farmer and mother I have been in several situations lately where consumers start talking organic. Is organically grown food better for you then the food that is raised traditionally? I will be honest, I am no expert and … Continue reading

Thankful for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is both a blessing and a curse when you are in the greenhouse industry. My name is Melanie Fink, and my husband Mike and I are produce farmers in southeastern Pennsylvania. We also grow bedding and vegetable plants … Continue reading

Veggie Anxiety

I joined a CSA this year for the first time. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Individuals can buy shares from a farmer and in return they get vegetables every week throughout the growing season. It’s almost like paying a … Continue reading

150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Legacy to Agriculture

Biographers and historians have written more about Abraham Lincoln than any other American president but never seem to pay much attention to his influence on American agriculture. If they are ever going to recognize his contributions, this would be an … Continue reading