• Josh Flint

    Spread the Cautious Optimism

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on March 29, 2013

    April is upon us. It's almost time to leave the artificially-lit conference halls for the sweet smell of freshly-tilled black soil. Before folks get out there, let's reflect on the winter conference season. Perhaps the most notable theme is caution. In March alone, I heard multiple economists warn that ag could be headed for a downturn in 2013. During the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers famland value conference, DuPont economist Steve…

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    Trading Time For Knowledge

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on March 22, 2013

    Last week, I heard the ominous sound of a brake pad’s metal warning tab screeching against the rotor. I pulled off the rear, driver-side tire for a better look. Yep, they were getting thin. But, wait, what’s all this extra stuff? I’ve done a fair number of front brake jobs, but this was my first rodeo on the rear wheels. I called my dad. We chatted and decided I best just bring it down on Easter weekend, when he’d give me a hand (i.e. pretty much do it for…

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    I Joined the Apple Bandwagon

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 15, 2013

    After months of debating back and forth, I plunked down $300 for a 32 GB iPhone 5. I just completed my two year contract with Sprint. Throughout much of Illinois, their data coverage is quite slow. Voice coverage is spotty, especially in rural areas. Switching carriers is a necessity, considering how much I'm on rural roads. I signed with Verizon, due in large part to their unmatched 4G LTE coverage across most of Illinois. Now, why am I jumping the Android ship and swimming over…

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    Illinois Fence Law May Be Different Than You Thought

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on March 8, 2013

    Every so often I’ll get a call from a reader who has a legal question that I have no idea how to answer. In most instances, I’ll suggest calling a lawyer. At one point, we had the resources to investigate this sort of thing. Not so much anymore. However, the Illinois Farm Bureau does a terrific job of keeping up on farmers’ legal queries. At the Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference, livestock program director Jim Fraley explained a facet of Illinois fence law…

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