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November 1, 2008 10:03 AM

Winning Welder Simplifies Life

"I never thought I could justify buying a welder/generator,” says Dennis Brabec, who farms with his brother, John, near Colon, Neb. "But now that I'm used to having one, I'd be lost without it.”

Brabec won his Bobcat 250 welder/generator in 2006, in the first Welding University drawing sponsored by Farm Journal and Miller Electric Manufacturing Company. The prize also included a trip to Miller's headquarters in Appleton, Wis., for welding and plasma cutting training.

The generator comes in handy for watering cattle on a rented farm where no electricity is available, Brabec says. "Before I won the Bobcat, I used a PTO-powered generator to pump the water,” he says. "That tied up a tractor.”

The portable welder/generator saves time by letting Brabec fix breakdowns in the field, rather than having to transport the broken machines back to the farm shop. "With the generator available to run lights and grinders, we can do everything right in the field, even at night,” Brabec says.

You could be one of three lucky winners to receive Miller welding equipment and exclusive welding training in this year's Welding University drawing. Look for a brief survey in the December issue of Farm Journal and on


December seems a long way off in the midst of harvest, but now is the perfect time to make plans to attend the Food and Agriculture Policy Summit, Dec. 2–4 in Washington, D.C. This is the first time for Farm Journal to team up with Farm Foundation to host a high-level summit examining a wide range of domestic and global issues facing the food system and agriculture. The Farm Journal Forum will kick off the joint event on Dec. 2–3 with What Will Change Bring? Impacts of a New Congress and Administration in the New Era of Agriculture. On Dec. 4, Farm Foundation will examine long-range policy options with Agriculture and Food Policy: A Strategic Approach, which will identify the greatest challenges in food and agricultural policy to feed the world during the next 30 years.

To learn more or to register, visit, or call (402) 330-0289.
We hope to see you there!


Written by Charlene Finck and Darrell Smith

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