Growing up on a Michigan farm

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 by

Growing up on a dairy farm since I was 7 years old has been a blessing. Living on a farm with animals entails a large amount of responsibility even as a young person. When I was very young, my parents owned and managed a farm with beef cows. I loved walking through the pastures to

The truth about farming

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 by

Recently there was a news story shared from my hometown about chickens that were lost during a heat index at the start of the Osceola County Fair. 4-H’ers tried their best to cool chickens by having fans, water and ice surrounding the birds. I’m not writing to complain about the article or to make up

Since July is one of the hottest months in Michigan, a break for a delicious bowl of ice cream is essential! We often think about how we can keep cool, but how often do we think of how dairy cows stay cool? Although the cows on the farm don’t get ice cream breaks, they get

Everyone should experience the fun of educational choices and learning new things. You want to make sure you do well in school. I’m going to tell you my list of things that you need to do while you are still in high school. Tell people how much they mean to you. Teachers work hard to

To find a motto to live your life by and that you agree with is honestly pretty hard. There are many good quotes out there that people live by, but it’s hard to find just the right one that suits you. My life motto is, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but

I came back to school excited to start my senior year. When I saw my class list, I was happy to see that I had Mrs. Block (my agricultural teacher) for a class, but then…Ag Communications? What was that supposed to mean? I didn’t want to give speeches! I hope she didn’t expect me to

It’s springtime in Michigan! Make sure to keep an eye open for signs of baby deer (fawns) and predators in the woods. Deer are very easy prey for many kinds of predators. The more predators there are, the lower the population of deer in a given area. Predators to deer can include coyotes, wolves, bears

Some people wonder why we hunt turkeys. For me, it is the rush that comes along with it! From the gobbling, strutting and patience, turkey hunting can be a real thrill. Different counties in Michigan have different seasons in the spring (when turkeys breed) and fall (when turkeys give birth). Some counties have two seasons

My grandparents, Earl and Diane Horning, have been farming for a very long time. Our family’s farm was established in 1877 and my grandparents took over the business over 50 years ago. At the time, the farm was mainly dairy cattle and sheep so my grandparents became members of Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) in

Most families teach their kids about the birds and the bees. My family taught me about the baby cows, or as we call them on the farm, the calves. Calving season is one of the most important and stressful times of the year for a cow/calf farm. Safe calving procedures are vital to my family’s