• Mindy Ward

    Melanoma, Farmers And Farm Kids

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     by Mindy Ward
     on January 25, 2013

    As my youngest daughter sat on the doctor's table, our family physician began to explain the procedure. "I am going to take something like an apple core and twist it into the mole," he said. "I'll pop out about 2 centimeters." At that point, this mom, who has held a ewe's uterus in her hands, was even wincing. My daughter's face turned white. Like many other farm kids, my girls spend much of their summer out of doors. Traveling to sheep shows…

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  • Mindy Ward

    No Snow Days

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     by Mindy Ward
     on January 18, 2013

    I cannot recall the last year that our daughters went through winter without at least one day off school due to snow or ice. However, as I look out at the brown grass in my front yard, I fear this may be one of those years where there are no snow days. While living in Minnesota for 10 years, I recognized that it wasn't a matter of if there would be snow, it was a matter of when, how much and for how long. I recall one year hiding Easter eggs in snow banks! But after moving home…

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    Rural America Can Drop Dead-A Message From The Farm Bill Extension

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     by Mindy Ward
     on January 11, 2013

    Well, now that I have your attention. With the fury around the farm bill extension, emails poured into my inbox with reaction from across the agriculture sector. Oddly enough, it is the one time when both advocates for small farms and large farms agreed on one thing--they were "disappointed." But there were a few, more flavorful and less politically correct responses. I read through the myriad of the same song-- upset by Congress not passing a 5 year bill on time leaving…

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