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#IHD16 Rookie

#IHD16 Rookie

In mid-August I received an email from Katie Pratt (Illinois Farm Girl) about attending the Illinois Harvest Dinner. To say the least, I was ECSTATIC!  I was at school and couldn’t click reply fast enough.  But then I waited to reply because I didn’t want to comes off as desperate.  Yes, I was THAT girl.  I casually replied a couple hours later and managed to contain my excitement.  Katie co-chairs the event alongside Mary Mackinson Faber from Mackinson Dairy Farm….

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A visit from a friend….

A visit from a friend….

In mid January, we welcomed a new friend to our farm. Flat Aggie, as she prefers to be called, came to Illinois ready to learn about the beef cattle on our farm.  Man, was she in for a surprise!  My children – Payton (6) and Nolan (3) were very excited to teach her about our cows. The weather has been VERY mild so far this winter.  That has its pros and cons.  The cons = MUD! When Flat Aggie arrived,…

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The Truth About Calving…Beef Cattle

The Truth About Calving…Beef Cattle

In the midst of calving season and really any other time of the year – the dairy industry is often the focus of consumer questions and concerns.  The beef industry often flies under the radar.  With the buzz word being TRANSPARENCY, flying under the radar is not always ideal. I love taking pictures, especially pictures of my cattle (cows, bulls, and calves alike) and, of course, my kids!  A picture is worth a thousand words and this picture below is no…

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Deep breaths, deep thoughts

Deep breaths, deep thoughts

Well it’s no surprise that I have taken an obvious break from my blogging excursion.  Yea, I know, I have a total of like 5 blog posts, so it has hardly been an excursion.  Let’s be honest, I have very little free time (ok, so I have NONE) and blogging is not at the forefront. Right now – Sunday, November 15th at 11:38 pm – I cannot sleep.  My mind is racing and my back aches.  What is on my mind is nothing short of the typical…

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Our Way of Life

Our Way of Life

Originally written for the Ask The Farmers “Know Your Farmer” blog series. My name is Alison McGrew and I am from Good Hope, Illinois.  I am one of many Ask The Farmers volunteers that simply volunteers time to answer consumer questions regarding agriculture!  My family and I raise beef cattle on our farm, but I grew up on a grain (corn, soybeans, and wheat) farm.  My husband is the manager at a family-owned farm supply company so from time to…

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What he never said….

What he never said….

My Daddy & me As Father’s Day 2015 approaches, I find myself trying to determine WHO exactly influenced me the most – my Dad or my Grandpa Bud.  Of course they both, along with the rest of my family, influenced me, but the kind of influence I am divulging into is in reference to my passion as an adult. I am a farmer’s daughter, a farmer’s granddaughter, a wife, a mother, a sister, a cattle producer, a teacher and many…

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Summed Up!

Summed Up!

So here is how things have been shaking around here lately!  Aside from the usual hustle & bustle of spring in the Midwest and being married to a seed salesman/farm supply company manager, things have been fairly calm!  Calving is DONE….I repeat….CALVING IS DONE! Check, check.  We also have our “wintering” pastures chiseled, mulched and seeded back down and ready for some sunshine & moisture!  For those that aren’t familiar with my jargon – “wintering” pastures on our farm are…

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“So God Made A Farmer”

“So God Made A Farmer”

I must say as I start typing this blog post, I AM PUMPED!  I participated in an Illinois Farm Families social media & networking webinar back in early January (when I started typing this post).  I really use the term “participated” VERY lightly because I had 2 sick kids – my husband and my 5 year old daughter!  For those of you that know me – I kind of have 3 kids (insert sarcasm)!  I was watching and reading the…

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Time Off…

Time Off…

So here goes nothing… The title.  The title explains where I am at right now in my crazy life as an ag….uh former ag teacher.  That is probably one of the hardest phrases I have ever had to mutter.  This is what I was put on this Earth to do.  Teaching others – impressionable minds – about agriculture is what I am good at.  It is my thing! I miss my students past and present.  I miss the teachers that…

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