By day, Dan Anderson uses his hands and expertise to work on farm equipment as a dealership mechanic. By night, he’s a writer, typing the stories inspired by his hours in the shop. His practical approach to tackling technical topics has made his articles readers’ favorites for 25 years. Dan’s "In the Shop" column in Farm Journal and his blog by the same name are popular as well. You can read Dan’s clever approach to using acronyms to mark the changes in agriculture in this month's issue. To share your story ideas with Dan, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corn College Fever
Corn College fans come in all ages, as evidenced by this little kernel. Pictured at right is Carolena Ferrie, granddaughter of Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie and daughter of Isaac and Abbi Ferrie. She showed her love of corn this past Halloween, proving that Corn College is a year-round phenomenon.
You too can take part in Corn College all year with "Corn College TV." The 13-episode series is in its second season on RFD-TV and is now syndicated. To find a list of TV stations that air "Corn College TV" and catch previous episodes, visit www.FarmJournalCornCollege.com.
Food for Thought
24 million jobs are supported by U.S. farmers. 13 million cotton bales are produced each year on average by U.S. farmers; enough for 3 billion pairs of jeans. 41.56% of the world’s corn supply is produced by U.S. farmers—more than China, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, India and the European Union combined. 82,368 crayons are produced from 1 acre of soybeans. 10 years is how long a family of four could live off the bread made from 1 acre of wheat. 75% of the nation’s wildlife receive their food and habitat from U.S. farmers and ranchers. Farmers will need to produce more food in the next 50 years than was produced in the previous 10,000 years combined.