• Josh Flint

    Wrapping up an amazing Master Farmer ceremony

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 12, 2015

    Agriculture is a terrific industry. It’s a tight-knit group of hard-working individuals that feels like a family. I am continually thrilled with the high level of competence that exists in agriculture. Farmers, company representatives, agency reps or ag journalists – these folks know how to do their job, and they do them well. The folks at Penton/Farm Progress are no different. That’s one of the first things I noticed when I was hired in 2008. Take the Farm Progress Show. I…

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    Top 5 Reasons for an Off-Farm Detour

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 24, 2015

    More than ever, farmers are requiring their son or daughter attend college or work off the farm for a period of time before returning to the family farm. For some high school students, this seems like an unnecessary step. Why spend four to eight years delaying the inevitable? Wouldn’t that time be better spent shadowing mom and dad and learning how they do things on the farm? Sorry, students, I agree with the “forced detour” that many moms and dads are now requiring…

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    Amazon Sells Pocket Knives For a Lot Less

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 11, 2014

    With so many terrific Christmas gift ideas floating around, I figured it would be a good time to toss in my two cents. This idea revolves around a specific gift – the pocket knife. Maybe you have to bring a “man” gift to the family gathering. Or, perhaps you need a couple of cost-effective options just in case you get surprise gifted by another guy. Maybe you just need a new knife to dig seedlings this spring. Whatever the reason, you should be buying them on Amazon. With a…

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    This Year, We're Thankful For Baby Girl

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 26, 2014

    This Thanksgiving blog is an easy one. On Nov. 6, my wife gave birth to our third child. Brooklyn Faith Flint is our first girl. As many of you remember, our first child, Lucas, passed away after a brief battle with leukemia. His brother, Linus, was born about a year after his passing. So, Linus has pretty well been an only child for the past three years. We’ll just say he’s adapting. He enjoys asking his mom, “Do you want me or her?” So, yeah, just a bit of growing…

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    My Dad -- Always On the Clock

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 16, 2014

    My dad has never taken a day off from being a father. Regardless of his work load, he always made time for playing catch or answering one of life’s important questions (like, where does all the water go when it rains). As a grandpa, he’s still as involved as ever. My nephew loves following him around, asking many of the same questions I asked when I was his age. Yesterday, true to form, he performed yet another miraculous fatherly feat. My son, Linus, will be three years old in…

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    Be Happy Where You Are

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 23, 2014

    This week, a friend posted a pic of the college newspaper staff, reminding us that we graduated from college a full decade ago. Ten years – depending on your age, this can seem like an eternity or a small blip in life. An elderly gentleman once shared an interesting outlook on time with me. Blocks of time seem to shrink as you age. His reasoning was simple. At 30 years old, a decade is one-third of your life. At 80, it’s only one-eighth. Makes sense to me. Congratulations to the…

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    Three Facts That Will Make You Sad To Be an American

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 20, 2014

    Occasionally, someone will ask what’s my favorite part of the job. That’s easy – the people. The people in agriculture remind me of what America used to be – hardworking, honest and sincere. There was a time, I’m told, when the vast majority of Americans clung to these simple ideals. It seems I was born well after that time. Last week, I flipped on the news during my lunch break. In quick succession, three news reports made think “what on earth is going on…

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    Here's To the Director of Operations -- Mom

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 8, 2014

    I’ve long acknowledged that moms have a much tougher job than dads. They are nurturers, teachers, disciplinarians, chefs, medics and much, much more.  Several weeks ago, CardStore posted a video in which they advertised for a fake job – director of operations. It sums up everything a mom is responsible for, which is pretty much everything. If mom is the director of operations, dad is more like the assistant to the director. Still, it’s good to have an…

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    The Great Tool Purchase of 2006

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 31, 2013

    After a little more than a year of marriage, I happened upon one of the sweetest deals ever. Unfortunately, my wife didn’t think it was so sweet. A coworker was moving to Chicago. In the process, he was clearing out his garage, i.e. he was selling all of his tools. Rather than have a garage sale, he needed to get rid of this stuff fast. I was definitely interested.  One Saturday, I borrowed dad’s truck and headed over to his house. Several years of suburban living meant he…

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    Retailers Continue to Go High Tech

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 6, 2013

    Marketing has reached a new level. The local news stations continue to report on stories that border on privacy invasion when it comes to retailer behavior. For instance, there was the story about Target sending a young high-school teenager coupons for diapers because the store was able to recognize her purchases were prenatal in nature. Of course, her parents didn’t know and it led to a bit of outrage. (Why she hadn’t shared this new with her parents is a bit concerning to…

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