• Josh Flint

    Bring On the Farmer Image Campaign

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on August 30, 2010

    Having just read Holly’s (Re)-United and It Feels So Good blog (www.prairiefarmer.com/blogs.aspx/reunited/and/it/feels/so/good/1601), I can definitely attest to the fact that consumers in the metropolitan St. Louis area are clueless when it comes to farming. Living in Decatur, folks are reminded daily what farmers do for a living. If the presence of the ADM and Staley plants aren’t enough of a reminder, just try driving through the town during normal working hours. You’re…

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    My Dog Is a Pet, Not a Family Member

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on August 23, 2010

    Somewhere along the way, folks stopped treating dogs like pets and they started treating them like family members. It seems like rural farm folks tend to let their dogs lead an independent life on the farm. On the other hand, urban dwellers pander to their four-legged friend's every need. It makes sense. If you don’t have 100+ acres to entertain your canine, the burden falls on you. In the process, it seems the city folk become so attached, the dog becomes like a son or…

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    I Wish More Folks Had a Farmer's Work Ethic

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 17, 2010

    Last weekend, we finally got our new house looking like an actual home. My son, who was diagnosed with leukemia on June 10, was finally able to come home. (For the full story, http://magissues.farmprogress.com/PRA/PF08Aug10/pra029.pdf.) To get the house in order, I had to renovate two bathrooms. I’d wake up, work my regular job, then transform into a carpenter/plumber in the evening. Along the way, a lot of folks told my wife they couldn’t believe I was working so hard. That…

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    A Lot Goes Into Finding the Right Tool For the Job

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 10, 2010

    Last weekend, I found a $200 14-volt, cordless DeWalt drill on sale for $99. At first glance, they appeared to be out of this sweet deal. Upon further examination, I realized someone had hidden the last sale model among the Hitachi drills. To say the very least, I was ecstatic to purchase my first yellow power tool. Five years ago, I would have balked at spending $100 on a drill. I would have gone with the cheapest brand. Then I would have bought seven batteries once I realized how short…

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    Different Crops, Same Basic Challenges

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on August 4, 2010

    Last week, I joined the Cultivating Master Farmers group for a two-day tour of various ag sites in and around St. Louis. Just a quick reminder, CMF is a unique mentoring program where Prairie Farmer Master Farmer couples share ideas back and forth with progressive young farmer couples. Anyhow, we started with a tour of Monsanto’s biotech lab in Chesterfield, Mo. From there, we squeezed in Anheuser Busch’s largest and oldest brewery, located just south of downtown St. Louis. We…

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