I did a little trade bartering for the opportunity to put up a Gary for Governor sign on top of a big round bale.

I did a little trade bartering for the opportunity to put up a Gary for Governor sign on top of a big round bale.

Back on the farm we used to do all square bales and it was always a competition to see if you could make the person or two in the barn “wave the white flag” by yelling out the barn window to slow down, which signaled victory. I had no such luck with the two young men on the other end of the elevator in this barn! It’s getting harder and harder to find that kind of help these days. Back on the farm, there was no better feeling than getting done with that last load of hay after a long day.

The work ethic of Iowa kids coming off the farm is hard to beat. The things kids learn and experience by having the opportunity to grow up on or near the rural landscape is hard to beat. Let’s create and support opportunities for more families to grow up on the farm by reversing the trend of losing our family farms in Iowa. I believe this is possible by adding and supporting a diversity of creative farm-related opportunities to the rural Iowa Landscape. It’s part of the long-term solution to a lot of issues….from rural community economics to water quality.

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