Agriculture was just beginning to come of age when Farm Journal was launched in the spring of 1877. Life-changing innovations—electricity, running water, tractors and hybrid seeds—were all on the horizon. Those breakthroughs and a myriad of others have radically changed our industry and our lives. These days, change cascades across the country at startling speed.
Today’s agriculture would surely both astonish and please our founder, Wilmer Atkinson. As someone who advocated for what was best for farmers and their city neighbors, he’d revel in how adeptly one farmer can feed 155 people today.
I bet he’d be particularly pleased to see how Farm Journal has been a steady companion for farmers and ranchers.
For 135 years, our mission has stayed the same: Provide practical information to farmers that can make a meaningful difference in their operations and do right by agriculture. In one of his early magazine issues, Wilmer declared: "We do not publish the Farm Journal for the money there is in it, but for the good we can do." He made money—as we do—but stuck to his principles. He passed his passion for advocating for agriculture to future editors like myself.
That unwavering commitment, which bridges generations of farmers, is what has made Farm Journal one of the most trusted brands in agriculture. As the ninth editor of Farm Journal, I take that trust as both a tremendous compliment and a serious responsibility.
All of us at Farm Journal celebrate our 135th anniversary with a focus on the future. If you have topics you’d like us to cover or projects you’d like us to undertake, I’d love to hear from you.