My oldest son turned eight this summer—the magical age when you can join 4-H. He couldn’t be more thrilled. As we were flipping through the project catalog, I was happy to see that my favorite
projects as a 4-H’er—swine, beef, cooking, gardening and woodworking—were still offered. I was equally delighted to see several new projects: consumer savvy, filmmaking, financial champions,
geospatial and robotics.
The 110-year-old program is holding steadfast to its founding premise of making the best better in the community and beyond while catering to urban youth and the changes in rural America.
While change is expected in life, a firm foundation sure helps. America is rich with Norman Rockwell–type communities that have stood the test of time. Every so often, though, something big comes along that shakes up the dynamics. North Dakota ranchers Wes and Teresa Devorak are embracing the energy boom that is transforming Dunn County into an epicenter for oil drilling.
Despite the bustle of strangers and trucks, they can’t imagine raising their four daughters anywhere else. Half a country away, Carol French is disgusted with the monumental turn of events that have transpired since oil and natural gas drilling brought hope to Bradford County, Pa., nearly a decade ago. From her point of view, the residual health, environmental and legal issues far outweigh any monetary gain. (See "A Price for Progress," page 26.)
As in the past 135 years, Farm Journal is honored that farmers across the U.S. share their stories in good times and bad. That way, we all learn from each other.
Make Plans to Attend Now
Top Producer’s premier business conference for farm women offers sessions in marketing, crop insurance, human resources management, networking and ag advocacy. You can follow coverage of the event and participant discussions on Twitter at @EWA12.
November 29–30, 2012
InterContinental Hotel, Downtown Chicago
To register, visit us online at www.TopProducer-Online.com.
- November 2012