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.