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Oh, the places you'll go

Oh, the places you'll go

"I've been everywhere, man. I've been everywhere, man. Crossed the desert's bare, man. I've breathed the mountain air, man. Of travel I've had my share, man. I've been everywhere."

Did you miss me? I've been away from my blog for a few months and when I think back to what I have been doing and where I've been, I have one song that comes to mind….

Oh, the places you'll go

"I've been everywhere, man. I've been everywhere, man. Crossed the desert's bare, man. I've breathed the mountain air, man. Of travel I've had my share, man. I've been everywhere."

New York Farm Show
This year started for me with the New York Farm Show in February. I left the cold and snowy weather of Iowa and spent a week in the cold and snowy weather of Syracuse, New York.

The fields are anhydrous and worked and the pastures are greening up. It will be planting time soon and can't wait for that first cutting of alfalfa. This is going to be a good season. A funny photo I found on Facebook.

This year marks the 30th year of the farm show. During the annual exhibitor party, the exhibitors who've celebrated a 10 year milestone - including a handful that have been with the show for all of the 30 years - were honored and congratulated.

If you have ever been to the New York Farm Show, you know it takes a lot of finesse to pull it off. I had the wonderful chance to interview the entire show staff that have help make the show a success over the past three decades. You can meet the 'who's who' of the show.

When the show started 30 years ago, it consisted of just one building. Now, the show spans 6 buildings and over 400 exhibitors. Visit the show site's homepage at www.newyorkfarmshow.com and see just what you can expect when you visit.

John Deere Training Facility

Oh, the places you'll go
The first week in March I returned home to Iowa, I repacked my bags and drove out to Wichita, Kansas. I met up with my Kansas Farmer editor, PJ Griekspoor and together we ventured out to the John Deere Training facility. My uncle Leonard Havlovic is an instructor at the facility and is one of the founding members of that plant. It was mind blowing to see how advance they are in their distance learning and teaching. I was expecting to see classrooms full of students wanting to learn about the equipment - instead I found a couple classrooms full of people, hands on learning and yet more classrooms with cameras and instructors teaching students….who were in remote classrooms across the United States.

CPA Graduation

Oh, the places you'll go
A couple weeks ago I have successfully graduated from my Urbandale (Iowa) Citizens Police Academy class. I am officially an alumnus now. After spending 12 weeks I have a better understanding and appreciation for the police officers and their service. I finished my class with a firearm safety course and time at the range. It has been almost 10 years since the last time I shot a handgun. Let me tell you, I still have it. I shot a 9 mm, a 45 mm and a double action revolver. The 45 was my favorite and the revolver, even though it made me look cool, it was an awkward gun. Graduation consisted of the class and their families, the Color Guard, instructors and the Police Chief. It truly was a proud moment.

Spring
Finally spring has begun. I made it home to Nebraska for a week and am back again for Easter. Calving is going well, 30 some calves are healthy and about 10 left to go. The fields are anhydrous and worked and the pastures are greening up. It will be planting

Oh, the places you'll go
time soon and can't wait for that first cutting of alfalfa. This is going to be a good season.

"I've been everywhere, man. I've been everywhere, man. Crossed the desert's bare, man. I've breathed the mountain air, man. Of travel I've had my share, man. I've been everywhere."

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