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THE SORTING PEN

"Last year at this time, when we already were watching the U.S. Drought Monitor turn redder and redder every week, we would have danced with joy to see even one of the storms we've had this year. But right now, at this minute, can it please stop?"
Losing the bank in town seemed like it could be the beginning of the end for the community. Instead, it revealed that there are still some business leaders who believe in small towns.
"I think this one could have been way worse, for a number of reasons."
"When it comes down to it, all planting right now feels very 'prospective.' Something will go into the ground, but we don't know when and we don't completely know what. We're at the mercy of the weather, and we know well enough that we don't know what that will look like."

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"We aren't likely to ever have labels that really tell the story about the deep origins of our food or the conditions under which they were produced. But don't be afraid to share a little of the reality of what it has taken to get your livestock to market."
"I hope these kinds of messages mean that restaurants are showing support in the other ways that matter, too: Paying those farmers, ranchers and dairies a fair price for their products."
What's the use of knowledge if it's not used or passed along to someone else who can use it?
We do so many things on farms and ranches that could end badly. And we do them as a matter of course, without thinking overly much about what could happen if things went wrong.

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If you're still uncertain about whether the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill was a good idea, maybe this story out of rural North Dakota will influence you.
"Landowners aren't trying to stop hunting. Most of us have a healthy appreciation for the population control hunters provide. We simply want to know who is on our land, just as anyone in town would want to know if someone was in their yard or garage and what they're doing there."
It's amazing how much more welcome the cats find the comforts we offer them when the mercury drops. Humans aren't much different

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