Farm Management Minute: Blessings Abound |

Farm Management Minute: Blessings Abound

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As instructors at the SD Center of Farm/Ranch Management, we are currently working with producers by analyzing the records for 2015. Some of these closeouts are a sobering picture with what is going on in the farm economy today. Commodity prices are low and input costs are basically unchanged from previous years, and the bottom line on most balance sheets have remained the same or decreased. It is easy to dwell on all the negatives in the agriculture sector these days. This article is to help us think about the positives in the rural way of life that we hold dear.

Nature—In this day and age, people pay exorbitant amounts of money to experience what we get to see every day. Fantastic sunrises and sunsets. The first blades of green grass and the first blooming flowers of spring. Wide open plains with very few buildings blocking the view. The glorious sight of a thunderstorm on the plains, even if it may come with hail, is a spectacular sight. Try to take time every day to appreciate what surrounds us, for we are truly blessed!

Stewardship—Agriculturists know the true meaning of taking care of the land for future generations. Making a living off the land is important, but passing on the land to the next generation in as good a shape, or better, than we received it, is a goal of many.

Community—When it comes to hard times, rural America knows how to come together as a community. If an ambulance is needed, it is guaranteed people will show up to make donations. Tornado damaged communities see people coming from all over to help them clean up. Blizzard Atlas brought support from agriculture communities across the nation. This is the blessing of learning compassion on the farms/ranches around this country.

Family—No matter if you are a fifth generation farmer or in the first generation of the operation, family is a major part of this way of life. Spending time together working can give children a sense of belonging that few children get to experience these days. Being raised on a farm gives young people a respect for animals, the land, hard work, faith, and teamwork. Individuals with their roots in the land know the value of family and being there for each other. This is a legacy that is passed on from generation to generation.

Try not to dwell on the negatives that can be found easily, instead, try to spend time each day appreciating the great gifts we receive in our daily lives. Hug your family. Drink in the scenery around you. Our instructors work to help you with your finances so you can appreciate the little things. To contact the SDCFRM office or any of our instructors, call 1-800-684-1969 or email us at

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