Happy An­niver­sary

Farm & Ranch Living - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Jen­nifer Zei­gler

THIS IS­SUE MARKS THE START of the 40th-an­niver­sary year of Farm & Ranch Liv­ing. And that’s as much your mile­stone as ours. For 40 years you’ve shared your joys and strug­gles in this life you love. Your sto­ries have been the mag­a­zine’s heart. It re­ally is your own.

As a new­comer to the pub­li­ca­tion, I’ve en­joyed look­ing back on four decades of agrar­ian life as we pre­pared the spe­cial sec­tion that be­gins on page 54. A lot has changed—trac­tors got fancier, pro­duc­tion went up and prices fluc­tu­ated. You prob­a­bly got a cell­phone, and your planter may have got­ten a com­puter. But as time plowed on, much re­mained the same: Cow­boys still wear hats, farm­ers still watch the weather, and you still love this life, given the sto­ries you con­tinue to tell us. We’re look­ing for­ward to the next 40 years of those tales of love, laugh­ter and hard work.

Re­cent sub­mis­sions in­cluded hun­dreds of pho­tos of your fa­vorite four-legged friends in our Barn­yard Bud­dies con­test. We laughed at their an­tics and got misty at the bond between hu­man and an­i­mal you cap­tured. Our grand prize win­ner is Jes­sica Roberts of Ca­mar­illo, Cal­i­for­nia. Jes­sica’s photo of her daugh­ter will melt your heart. First prize goes to Han­nah Stike­leather of Laura, Ohio, and sec­ond prize goes to Chelsea Wil­liams of Le­banon, Con­necti­cut. We’ll share their pho­tos with you—along with some oth­ers we just couldn’t re­sist—in an up­com­ing is­sue.

In the mean­time, I hope you and yours have the mer­ri­est of Christ­mases. See you in the new year.

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