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Myron Friesen discusses how "enough" money changes over time and how that might impact estate planning.
"Travel again. Carve out time with your loved ones. Go see a corner of America you have yet to visit. Adventure awaits … and the work is still here when you come home."
Township weed officers once sought out dangerous weeds. Some now noxious weeds were imported on purpose. Hemp has gone through cycles of use. Where ag will go, Mychal Wilmes says, is hard to guess.
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The past two years, as the number of coyotes in our neighborhood has decreased, there has been a commensurate increase in the rabbits.
"A fiduciary is someone who has the responsibility of taking care of assets or money for another person or group of people. Any time money and other people are involved, you have a serious responsibility."
Some of Mychal Wilmes' earliest memories involve wash days and his mother's homemade soap -- remnants of their ancestors' more communal lives in Germany.
Helping a child prep for the county fair -- and then actually making it through the fair -- can help the adults in their life get in shape. But the County Fair Workout is one that only works for a limited time.
In all counties in all corners of the U.S., urban and rural, we need a strong agriculture presence. The 4-H program and livestock remain a cornerstone for county fairs to flourish.
"Gardening on a small scale or growing thousands of acres of corn, soybeans and wheat teaches patience. It also teaches faith that God will provide rain when its dry and sunshine to push both crops and humankind toward maturity."

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The list of projects my husband, Brian, and I want to do on our farmstead far exceeds the time we have to do them, so we have to prioritize. Over the July Fourth weekend, pulling out trees from the pasture fence line was at the top of the list.
"Many people may want their children to come back home, but to me it would be hard to suggest changing any plan until a child invests both their time and money for a period of time to determine if they are serious. To me that often sounds like someone wanting to take from the farm not add to it."
Katie Pinke and her family recently reconnected with a nurse who cared for her son after a spinal cord injury.

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