• Josh Flint

    Cultivating Master Farmers Program Seeks Young Farmer Applicants

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     by Josh Flint
     on January 27, 2011

    The Cultivating Master Farmers coordinating committee is now accepting young farmer applications for the class of 2013. CMF pairs young farmers with Prairie Farmer Master Farmers for a truly unique mentoring experience. One of my favorite aspects of the program is the inclusion of spouses. I’ve heard many young farmers say the biggest thing they learned from the Master Farmers is how to treat their wife like a business partner. Watching the roundtable discussions, it’s easy…

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    What Happened to the Three Rs?

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     by Josh Flint
     on January 20, 2011

    Remember the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ad campaign? It seems like these PSAs started showing up at my school in the 1990s. Despite the campaign’s common sense approach to environmentalism, today folks rarely mention the three Rs. Instead, we’ve substituted them for one word: sustainability. During the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association’s Annual Convention, The Fertilizer Institute’s Laura Moody pointed out that sustainability has three pillars: economic…

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    Winter Meetings Yield Important Take-Home Points

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     by Josh Flint
     on January 14, 2011

    Tis the season for winter meetings. I hit three meetings/seminars/conferences in one week. Lots of excellent info at each one, but there’s always several tidbits that seem to hang around in your mind, days after the actual meetings are over. It’s just good common sense stuff. Things that maybe you’ve never thought of before. Or, stuff that’s obvious, yet it’s been a while since you considered it. For example, at the Farm Futures Summit in St. Louis, Purdue…

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    My Generation Doesn't Want to Grow Up

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     by Josh Flint
     on January 5, 2011

    A few weeks ago, a friend and I were having a thought-provoking conversation about the dreams and ambitions of our generation. He said something profound when he mentioned, “Josh, our generation just wants stuff. They don’t care about furthering their career or being the best at what they do. They just want a new iPhone or Xbox game." As I pondered this comment, I realized he’s right. It’s a sad state of affairs, but too many young folks do not have a 5- or 10-year…

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