• Frank Holdmeyer

    Want to see your name in print?

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on April 1, 2015

    I'm starting work on the 2015 Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days programs and I could use some help. Besides the usual and necessary information such as directions, daily schedules, etc., we like to jazz up the programs with interesting historical information.  One such feature is the list of past Farm Progress Shows. We'd love to hear your comments and memories from shows you have attended in the past. You could tell us how many shows you have attended, which ones stand…

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    Paying It Back, Paying It Forward

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on February 27, 2015

    I've been working with Rod Swoboda, editor of Wallaces Farmer, interviewing and writing about the 2015 Iowa Master Farmers. I've been doing this for nearly 40 years and each year the same thing happens. I'm overwhelmed with what these busy families give back to their communities. I also get to visit with Master Farmers in other states such as Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana each year. The same thing strikes me during those visits. Master Farmers give not only valuable time to their…

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    Wildlife on your farm

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on January 28, 2015

    I live about 30 miles from my office – in rural Jasper County Iowa.  That commute has virtually never bothered me because I wouldn't trade anything for the opportunity to live on the farm where my wife and I reside. Besides all the normal benefits of rural living; great place to raise a family, neighborliness, etc., I enjoy the opportunity to see wildlife regularly. Yesterday I saw five whitetail deer within 100 feet of my house. And, nothing beats the sound of a pheasant…

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    Editors Comment on Climate Change, Cash Rent, Dirty Campaigns and More

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on November 20, 2014

    Since you likely only see what the editor of your state magazine has written, I thought I'd share links to editorials in some of our other state publications. The lighter side: Curt Arens, Nebraska Farmer, lives on the farm that has been in his family for generations. In his "Bow Creek Chronicles" in the November issue, Curt reminisces about family memories around the dinner table. I'm sure many readers will be able to identify with Curt's musings about how the dinner…

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    Farmers Have to Tell Their Story

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on October 29, 2014

    I had the opportunity to sit in on the Global Farmer Roundtable discussion during the World Food Prize event in Des Moines, Iowa, recently. It really wasn't a surprise that farmers from the sixteen countries represented pretty much share the same challenges – access to land, capital, technology, etc. They also realize they have to have a voice – not only with regard to politics and policy but also with consumers. Robb Fraley, 2013 World Food Prize Laureate and Monsanto…

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    Disconnected and Loved It

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on October 8, 2014

      My wife Trish and I took off the last week of September for a fishing trip to northwest Ontario. Before leaving, I told my boss Willie Vogt I was going to totally "disconnect" from email and voice mail. I work with the best group of ag editors in the country so I wasn't worried about "business as usual". Still, it's tough to walk away from the job you like and the people you work with. But it was a smart move on my part. It's often called…

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    They Had Their Cake and Ate It at Antique Power Shindig

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on September 9, 2014

      Many readers are familiar with the Classic Farm Tractors Calendar but may not realize the popular calendar, which features restored antique tractors from across the country, has reached a milestone. John Harvey created the calendar for DuPont in 1990 to promote the new Classic herbicide. He continued to produce the calendar after he left DuPont. In July Harvey celebrated the 25th anniversary of the calendar. The observance was held during the Historic Farm Days Show, an event held…

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    Sneak Peak at New Products to be Launched This Fall

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on August 15, 2014

    At Farm Progress one of my responsibilities is coordinating the editorial content of our show programs – Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days. A highlight of the content is "Look for these new products to debut at the show". We contact exhibitors and ask them to provide us with info on their new product introductions so we can include that information in the program.  We don't get everything in the program because some companies are so secretive that they…

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    I love my job -- what I learned from recent travels

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on July 1, 2014

      One of the best parts of my job is travelling across the country, to cover news events, meet new people and just generally learning what's going on. Here's a rundown on some of the things I've covered lately. Preview of new biorational manufacturing facility: Valent BioSciences gave the media a preview of their new plant at Osage, Iowa, which officially opened on June 27. It's a $146 million, 130,000 square-foot facility – the first-ever facility designed and…

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    World's Fastest Planter

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on April 28, 2014

    Having recently covered the introduction of the new John Deere ExactEmerge planter, the headline "World's Fastest Planter" grabbed me. I was doing some research on vintage farm equipment for a colleague, looking through bound volumes of Wallaces Farmer (Iowa's Farm Progress publication) from the 1950s, and came across the ad with that headline. The ad started out by saying, "You've never planted so fast, so precisely!" That sounded quite similar to what the…

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