Category Archives: Agvocate

Winter Chores

Today was cold.  Despite the fidget temperatures and working outside for most of the day I have managed to stay comfortably warm by wearing layers of clothes and of course taking a couple breaks to warm back up. Weighing on … Continue reading

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Blocking ‘ag gag’ laws may prolong abuse

Growing up on a farm, one of my biggest responsibilities was tending to the animals in our family’s care. At times livestock can be unpredictable in ways that are both amusing and frustrating, but much like a parent cares for … Continue reading

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How many cows do I have?

How many cows do I have? This is a question that I face quite often. The simple answer, of course, is that I have no cows. While my grandfather often talked about a few shorthorn cows he and his grandfather … Continue reading

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Visitors On The Farm, Oh My!

Recently a good friend I met online, Ryan Goodman, asked an interesting question on his popular blog Agriculture Proud: “How would you farm differently if a total stranger (non-farmer/rancher) followed you around all day?” I found this an interesting question. … Continue reading

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Sparboe Farms Open Letter

Thanks to Zachary Bray for sharing his thoughts on the recent undercover video linking McDonalds to animal cruelty and how it effects his families poultry farm. Zachary can be found on his newly formed blog, From Cubicle To Corral To … Continue reading

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Occupy Combine: The Movement

There is a new movement afoot throughout rural America. Every fall, millions of farmers climb In their combine, head to the field and harvest their crops. Over the past couple of years, though, farmers began to add to this annual tradition by embracing … Continue reading

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An open letter to America

I’m not sure who may read this and knowing some of you may not know me, I want to start this off by introducing myself. I am a fifth generation grain and beef farmer from Ohio. My daily responsibilities on … Continue reading

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Board Rooms and Tractor Seats

  Like most kids growing up I always loved to dream and talk about what I wanted to be when I grew up.  For me there was never any question, I was going to be a farmer.  I have always … Continue reading

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Dog Days of Summer are Here

Well it has been a long time since we last posted on here but there has been a lot going on and not much time to relax and take it easy.  So let me up date you on what has … Continue reading

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But Your Cows Do Eat Grass!?

  In catching up with a good friend and neighbor over the weekend an interesting conversation arose about the American diet and how we as a country are overweight.  It was very interesting to hear what my neighbor had to … Continue reading

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