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Independence Day 2017

By Karen Macdonald - Thursday, June 29, 2017

When the United States of America was established more than 240 years ago, 13 colonies held 2.5 million people. In this mostly agrarian society, the most citizens were farmers raising livestock from imported stock or crops introduced by the Native Americans – such as maize, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins, gourds, squash, watermelons, beans, grapes, berries, pecans, black walnuts, peanuts and maple sugar. Read More »

Summer 2017

By Karen Macdonald - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

With the arrival of the first day of summer, barbeque season is well underway, with meat, seafood and vegetables sizzling on grills across the country. A 2016 poll found that 75 percent of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker, and they’re using them for more than just dinner – 11 percent of grill owners used it to cook breakfast. Hamburgers rule the grill, though, and here’s a look at where some of the essential ingredients come from, raised by hardworking U.S. producers: Read More »

Father's Day 2017

By Karen Macdonald - Saturday, June 17, 2017

Across rural America, farmers and ranchers pass down a tradition of hard work and dedication to their children, sometimes building on generations of family commitment to producing safe and abundant food. These children often grow up to join the family operation, having learned a love of the land and the animals in their care along with the work ethic and specialized knowledge necessary to succeed in agriculture. Here are a few examples of multi-generational farmers and ranchers who have worked side-by-side as farm families, building a legacy likely to be passed on to the next generation: Read More »

Mother’s Day 2017

By Karen Macdonald - Friday, May 12, 2017

While we should show our appreciation every day, Mother’s Day offers the perfect time to let moms know how much we value their love and hard work. Across rural America, we’re blessed with mothers who successfully balance farming, ranching and support businesses while raising families. Here are some of their stories: Read More »