I SAT IN ON A SESSION LAST FALL at the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union convention in Denver, Colorado. As I listened to the farmers and ranchers talk about their experiences, I was struck by the open dialogue between them. They were from a spectrum of agriculture—cattle ranches, fruit orchards and row crop farms. But they were connected by their willingness to share advice and ideas with one another.
Here at Farm & Ranch Living we want to help facilitate that exchange of ideas. This issue contains a few new columns designed to help you connect with fellow farmers. Those new to agriculture and in need of a little advice can reach out and ask a question; we’ll track down readers who have the answer. Find this helpful exchange of ideas on page 54. In this issue, the conversation is between two cattlewomen. The next issue could solve the big conundrum on your farm—all you have to do is ask.
You’ll also find a page of workaround solutions to everyday farm problems. Teenager Sara Karras shares her idea for keeping the tack room tidy, while Melissa Griffiths offers instructions on a DIY chicken waterer made with reused supplies that are probably lying about the workshop right now. Find these handy ideas on page 56, and be sure to send in your own tips and tricks—they could wind up in a future issue.
We’d love to hear what you think about the new additions, as well as any ideas for other features you want to see in the future. So dig in and then drop us a line at feedback@farmand ranchliving.com. It will be planting time soon enough.