By Sara Brown and Greg Henderson
What A Day: The Camera Wasn’t On!
The video camera was off, so this farmer never saw the parked pickup behind him as he backed up the grain cart. Sometimes, you can’t beat good ole trusty mirrors to check your surroundings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Farm Toys For Tots Spreads Christmas Cheer
In mid-November, a petition at www.Change.org emerged asking Wal-Mart to stop selling “slaughter trucks,” which is what vegans want to call Ertl’s toy livestock transport semi trucks. Within days after the petition, which had more than 13,000 signatures at press time, started circulating, some ingenious farm agvocates wasted no time in starting their own campaign—Farm Toys for Tots.
Through a GoFundMe campaign, organizers raised more than $7,000 in 13 days to buy toy livestock trucks and other farm toys. The toys will be distributed throughout the country by farmers to local Toys for Tots locations.
Hopefully, the effort encourages ag literacy and spreads holiday cheer, say campaign leaders Ryan Goodman, Carrie Mess, Katie Pinke and Diana Prichard. While the national campaign has ended, organizers encourage farmers to continue to give farm toys to their local Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Even farm kids might not get a now-infamous “slaughter truck” for Christmas. Wal-Mart says they’re out of stock because the vegans’ ruckus only raised the demand for the toys. It’s a five-star item on Wal-Mart’s website, and all the reviews occurred on or after Nov. 17 when the petition started. Visit www.facebook.com/farmtoysfortots.
Earlier this year, AgWeb.com polled more than 800 farmers on machinery, technology and grain storage topics to spot emerging trends. Here are the highlights:
72.9% Say commodity price declines affect their willingness to buy machinery/equipment.
42% Of those who are shopping say they’re considering purchasing a tractor.
25% Of those who are shopping say they’re considering purchasing a combine.
42% Are likely to purchase a tractor in 2017 or beyond.
23.9% Plan to install GPS for the 2016 crop.
11% Plan to upgrade their on-farm storage in the next two years.