EDI­TOR’S LET­TER

Farm & Ranch Living - - CONTENTS - Jen­nifer Zei­gler Edi­tor

KATH­LEEN TIGAN IS NOT A FARMER. But through her abate­ment fal­conry ser­vice, she helps farm­ers and ranch­ers keep nui­sance birds at bay, which saves valu­able crops. Al­though the prac­tice of fal­conry goes back thousands of years, it took in­no­va­tors like Kath­leen and her hus­band, James, to see how it could be ap­plied to to­day’s ag in­dus­try. You can read Kath­leen’s story on page 42. I think it ex­em­pli­fies to­day’s farm­ing life—an age-old in­dus­try, steeped in tra­di­tion and passed-down prac­tices, now driven by in­no­va­tors and their new ideas. You’ll see that blend of old and new through­out this is­sue. Mark Mueller raises corn and other grains on a fourth-gen­er­a­tion farm in Iowa. While he drives a 1953 Dodge truck and lives in the house his grand­fa­ther built, Mark con­stantly looks to the fu­ture, with its loom­ing wa­ter con­cerns, pro­mot­ing imag­i­na­tive prac­tices to pre­serve soil health and im­prove wa­ter qual­ity. Find his story on page 28. That mix of mod­ern and tra­di­tional is per­haps most ev­i­dent in the sto­ries, be­gin­ning on page 36, of farm­ers who have turned to so­cial me­dia to bring their way of life to the world through Face­book and In­sta­gram posts. Many of them have found that shar­ing pic­tures of their lives on the land helps re­in­force to the pub­lic the im­por­tance of farm­ing. For those of you al­ready adept at snap­ping gor­geous pic­tures of your farm and the folks who work it, check out our lat­est photo con­test on page 8. You could win $300! So get out those cam­eras, and share your fa­vorite images of life and work on your farms and ranches. We can’t wait to see them.

A big shout-out to Terry Don­nelly, who took the cover photo of the April/ May 2018 is­sue. Find more of his gor­geous images at: Don­nelly-Austin.com

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