Tailgate Talk

Tailgate Talk

By Sara Brown and Ben Potter

What A Day: Planting “Comes In Like a Lion”

What do you remember about the first day of planting each year? This Iowa farmer said it snowed nearly a foot on his tractor and planter in April 2013.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email high-resolution images to whataday@farmjournal.com or mail prints to What A Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.


From Poop Scooper to Hoop Shooter

They call it “March Madness,” but in one small North Dakota farm community, basketball fever is a year-round affair. Practicing free throw after free throw doesn’t always take place in the gym, how-ever—sometimes it happens at home. And it’s all thanks to a dairy barn that has been converted to a basketball court.

“I was kind of the poop scooper,” says farm kid John Urlacher, remembering the barn as it once was. “I used to shovel all the time.”

 Now, instead of moving manure, he gets to shoot buckets in this barn with friends. Since it’s 20 miles to the nearest gym, it’s convenient for Urlacher and his friends to get in a few more practices when they can. 

To watch this video from “AgDay,” visit www.AgWeb.com/hoops.

Stat Rack

Consumers’ willingness to pay more for goods and services from socially responsible companies is at an all-time high. But regions with the greatest willingness are some of the poorest parts of the world.

55%- Global consumers, up from 45% in 2011

64%- Consumers in Asia-Pacific, up from 55% in 2011

63%- Consumers in Latin America, up from 50% in 2011

63%- Consumers in Middle East and Africa, up from 53% in 2011

42%- Consumers in North America, up from 35% in 2011 

40%- Consumers in Europe, up from 32% in 2011


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