March 27 2020
The author and her family own and operate a sixth-generation dairy farm near St. Johns, Mich. transitioning the farm business from one generation to the next takes a great deal of personal, business
March 26 2020
Are you stuck? Is sad your go-to emotion? I realize these are heavy questions, but I encourage all of you, like I encourage myself, to ask yourself these questions
March 20 2020
I keep hearing the message that “Cows are destroying the planet.” I have heard that ridiculous phrase more times than I care to in the past few months
March 10 2020
The challenge of raising kids in today’s day and age is so different than it was 30 years ago. Growing up as a child in the 1980s, we watched “Family Ties” and “Little House on...
Feb. 25 2020
I do not care if a farmer has one cow or 10,000 cows; cows are loved, appreciated, and admired. Dairy farmers far and wide have a deep respect for the animals in their barn
Feb. 10 2020
My favorite book is “Tuesdays with Morrie.” It was a book given to me decades ago by a treasured, life-long friend after my brother had passed
Jan. 16 2020
Marilyn Hershey This month, my parents celebrate 60 years of marriage. They have spent twice as many years together as they have apart. I have wonderful memories growing up on our Pennsylvan
Jan. 10 2020
A new year, a new decade, and a new start. I think I’m not alone when I say, “Bring on 2020!” 2019 was a year that had more downturns than upswings and more challenges than answers
Jan. 6 2020
The holidays are one of my dad’s favorite times. It might be that all of his children are home or all the sweet treats my sister makes. But, I think it is the chance to hear from friends and family
Dec. 12 2019
When the kids were still living at home, one of our traditions was to read through the Christmas story before we opened gifts. It helped bring all of us back to the central reason our family celebrate
Nov. 21 2019
Not too long ago, I had a moment where the tears came. Actually, they flowed endlessly — all I could feel was that I was simply less than enough
Oct. 23 2019
Agriculture is hard right now. Not just financially or physically, but emotionally and mentally, too. As hard as it is to talk to our families, sometimes it’s even harder to talk to professionals...
Oct. 17 2019
It does not matter where I go — the farm is always in the back of my mind. At any given moment, I will see something in my travels and instantly the cows push their way to the front of my mind
Oct. 8 2019
Back in the spring of 2015, my daughter, Cassie, picked out her fall show calf, Gillie. Her older brother, Tyler, had already selected his calf in the fall, one that went back to his beloved Blackstone...
Sept. 19 2019
Lyme disease has been diagnosed in every state in the U.S. except Hawaii, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Lyme disease cases are more concentrated in the Northeast and Upper Midwest
Sept. 14 2019
One of the beautiful benefits of working on the farm is having an unfiltered view of the sky
Sept. 11 2019
How many people have you heard utter that sentence? I feel like once a day someone in my vicinity says it out loud. Imagine it, your perfect vacation. Maybe it’s a sandy beach at some fancy re
Aug. 21 2019
One of my most treasured childhood pastimes was to dress up the newest litter of kittens in baby clothes. I certainly did not need a collection of baby dolls when I had living, breathing, responsive kittens
Aug. 19 2019
For most 17-year-old teenagers, managing the family business and finances is not the first thing that crosses their mind in the morning. The same held true for Michael Oosten . . . until his father unexpectedly...
Aug. 1 2019
Twenty-five years ago, I graduated high school. I couldn’t leave central Oregon fast enough; not because I had a bad childhood, but because I always knew my life was destined for somewhere else....