July 11 2019
Rest is one of those things we don’t always talk about. Honestly, I almost feel a twinge of guilt when I do talk about it. I am not convinced that life was always this way
June 1 2019
Despite living in the home of John Deere and being surrounded by hundreds of acres of corn, my three children — Tyler, 15; Cassie, 13; and Jacob, 9 — are a minority
May 25 2019
Several years ago, I found out that I am allergic to cow dander. It is not an intense allergy but rather a nuisance that includes itchy eyes, sneezing, a stuffy nose, and a lot of clearing my throat
May 9 2019
John F. Kennedy once said, “Don’t pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” I often think of these words when I pray before bed. I ask for the strength to endure what lies ahead....
April 12 2019
There is something about working together on a farm that helps families get along, work through differences, and respect each other at the end of the day, even when life goes a little sideways
April 3 2019
As a mother to three children, I give advice pretty regularly. And lately, the dialogue has been talking about future careers
March 20 2019
A few months ago, something caught my eye. One of our older cows calved with a nice heifer calf, and a day or so later, the cow’s daughter calved as a first-calf heifer
March 20 2019
Light at the end of the tunnel.” “This too shall pass.” “Keep your head up.” “Hang in there.” These are common phrases in the current dairy climate
March 10 2019
My father would have turned 79 years old at the end of last month. He is missed daily. Those that knew him, knew his laughter and his big smile
Feb. 20 2019
One thing I have always admired about my husband, Duane, is his ability to run a meeting smoothly and effortlessly. Orchestrating a boardroom is a skill he learned while participating on the FFA
Feb. 10 2019
Saying yes can take you places, and this was certainly the case for me. Last fall, I was asked to travel to Germany. In mid-November, I headed overseas with the German American Chamber of Commerce
Feb. 10 2019
I’m a little ashamed to admit how long it’s taken me to write this article. I’m even more ashamed to admit that I’m too scared to tell you the whole story, but I promise you that...
Jan. 16 2019
Companies need to understand what dairy farmers need
Jan. 15 2019
Fad diets are a thing right now. Unfortunately, some of them are a problem for dairy. I first heard about Whole 30 (W30) last year. It is a diet for people, typically women in midlife, who are looking
Dec. 11 2018
Some of the greatest gifts we receive don’t cost a penny. As I reflect over the past year and look forward to a holiday season that exemplifies gifts, I realize it is the people in my life
Oct. 25 2018
When I look at the definition of patience,Merriam-Webster says this about being patient: bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint; manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain; not hasty...
Oct. 10 2018
I like to think that if I was older and wiser, answers would surface and the decisions I need to make would become more obvious. We are at a crossroads here at Bohnert Jerseys. My guess is that many o
Sept. 25 2018
Walking through a boggy section of pasture or swampy wetland, landowners in the Northeast may never see one of its oldest inhabitants — the bog turtle. At only 4 inches across, it’s also one...
Aug. 10 2018
Karen BohnertWe get 18 summers with our children. Sometimes when I hear that, I think that is not enough. But, then there have been times when I honestly question how in the world will I make it throu
July 15 2018
Since his grandfather had a cottage by the Chesapeake Bay, Duane’s family spent summer holidays there. It was only natural that Duane and I followed suit with our children