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Farm and Ranch Living August/September 2019

Discover the pleasures of rural living with Farm & Ranch Living Magazine! You'll enjoy fascinating month-long family diaries, Old Iron restoration tips, inspiring fiction, wholesome country humor and more when you subscribe today!

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season to learn

IT’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME, so I imagine many of you are getting kids down the lane each morning to wait for the bus. I love this season and all its possibilities. Clean notebooks. New backpacks. Fresh pens. For ag teacher Jordan Leonard, whose farm diary begins on page 21, this season brings all of that—and another opportunity to get her students out of the classroom for some hands-on learning. Her dedication to teaching the next generation of agricultural leaders is impressive—she rents a farm close to school so her students can work with animals they can’t have on campus. Beyond growing up on a farm, there are a surprising number of ways to learn the fine art of agriculture. Traditional college programs exist, sure, but on page 34, you’ll learn about some newer…

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SPIDER SOLUTION I noticed in the February/March issue of Farm & Ranch Living, on page 58, that a reader was having trouble with spiders. We have found that if you spray with chrysanthemum flower juice, also called pyrethrins, it will eliminate spiders for six months to a year. You can either hire a professional to spray it or purchase the solution and do it yourself. We have used it for many years. I am 91 years old and enjoy the magazine very much. WAYNE SISSEL TIPTON, IOWA A TINY CONTENDER We are “entering” your tractor contest, with an explanation: My husband, M.E., has owned and liked Farmall tractors since the late 1940s. I make ornaments with repurposed wine corks as a hobby, so I made this tiny Farmall tractor for fun when I saw you were…

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lovin’the life

S’WHEAT EDUCATION My daughter Brynnleigh had her first combine ride at 5 months old. Kirk Otto, whose farm I help out on, took this photograph to document the occasion. MICHAEL GASPER NEW LOTHROP, MICHIGAN 1 DUCKS...ER...PIGS IN A ROW Summer entertainment is sitting on the patio watching the pigs graze on the lawn. When they’re full, we entice them to the barn with treats. Here my friend Carol lines them up so everyone can get a bite of apple. JODY DADISMAN WEST DES MOINES, IOWA 2 MOO! I LOVE YOU My granddaughter and her friend were having fun with their heifers while waiting to go into the show ring at the state fair. I think this picture sums up the love and trust shared between a child and her cow. KATHERINE PLESSNER VERONA, NORTH DAKOTA 3 JUST LIKE PAPA This…

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not every calamity is a disaster

The name says it all. Our red heeler, Calamity Jane, is fearless, relentless and loving. She keeps dependable watch over the fields, and she is passionate about making sure the pesky mule and horses stay on their side of the fence. Sweet Calamity can run like the wind and turn on a dime. We adopted Calamity from a small rescue in Eden, Mississippi. The owner there said she’d been dumped at their doorstep, all skin and bones, with fleas, fly strike on her ears, and some hair loss. The shelter got her up to date on her vaccinations, spayed her and started her on the road to recovery before posting her for adoption. Until we met Calamity Jane, we didn’t realize how many homeless dogs were waiting to be adopted from rescues…

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potato salad for all

As a teenager, I was fortunate to live with my grandparents for several years on their farm in rural Illinois. My time with them gave me a true understanding of life on a farm. Every day, Grandma Marlene prepared the noon meal for up to 10 people, mostly grown men. For some people that may seem like a daunting task, but Grandma was well prepared. After all, she grew up with 12 siblings. My time with them gave me a true understanding of life on a farm. The men were hired farmhands and family, there to help plant, care for the farm and bring in the harvest. Grandpa Tom and my Uncle Sam grew sweet corn, strawberries, pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes and more, and extra hands were always needed (and at the table). Though…

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dilly potato & egg salad

Everyone has a favorite potato salad, and this is mine. As a young bride, I was eager to learn how to cook and make things that my new husband would love. I combined my mom’s and his mom’s recipes, and this is the delicious result. ANGELA LEINENBACH MECHANICSVILLE, VA PREP: 20 min. + chilling COOK: 20 min. + cooling MAKES: 12 servings 4 lbs. medium red potatoes (about 14), peeled and halved5 hard-boiled large eggs1 cup chopped dill pickles1 small onion, chopped11/2 cups mayonnaise1 tsp. celery seed1/2 tsp. salt1/4 tsp. pepper Paprika 1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain potatoes and cool completely. 2. Cut potatoes into 3/4-in. cubes; place in a large bowl. Chop 4…