Farm & Ranch Living

EDITOR’S LETTER

- Ellie Piper Editor

Given the nature of print deadlines, I’m writing this in April, and like so many across the globe, I’m hunkered down at home in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. I hope that by the time this issue lands on your doorstep, we will be on the other side of this pandemic, having learned some valuable lessons along the way. Indeed, times like these remind us what matters most, including health, good food (thank you, farmers, ranchers and grocers!) and family.

Family has always been at the heart of Farm & Ranch Living, and no matter what’s going on in the world, we promise to keep sharing the family-oriented stories you love. In this issue, for example, we tip our hats to Father’s Day with a swell of stories about dear ol’ dad.

On page 16, Helen Heavirland remembers the trouble she took to avoid helping her father with milking chores. On page 18, Connie Thompson recalls her dad’s devotion to growing food. And starting on page 40, there’s a sweet set of tributes to fathers and grandfathe­rs who farm. Parents, maybe you’ll see something of yourself in these stories. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to jot down a few memories of your own.

Speaking of memories, we’re on a mission to collect Fourth of July memories from readers across the country—but there’s a twist. We want to know how you’re celebratin­g Independen­ce Day this year in particular. Turn to page 46 for some red, white and blue inspiratio­n, and for more informatio­n, read below.

I hope you take comfort in the heartfelt stories and pretty photos that follow, and above all stay happy, healthy and safe. We are in this together.

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