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‘Positive wisdom’ in dark times

Visitors to New York Farm Show share their thoughts for the 2022 growing season.

Chris Torres

March 7, 2022

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attendees visit the American Agriculturist booth at the NYFS
SHARING POSITIVE THOUGHTS: Visitors to the American Agriculturist booth at New York Farm Show took time to share positive thoughts going into the 2022 growing season.Chris Torres

There’s a lot of uncertainty out there.

Between what’s happening on the farm and in places far away from our farming communities, we all have lots of things on our minds.

Visitors to the American Agriculturist booth at New York Farm Show were asked to give some “positive wisdom” for 2022. Some gave long answers; others were short and to the point:

  • Matt VanHeusen of Georgetown, N.Y., wrote, “Enjoy what you do, and seek out others to provide you advice and information.”

  • Hannah Howard of Creston, Ohio, wrote, “Not everything is going to go as planned, but doing the most you possibly can is better than simply not doing anything at all.”

  • Julia Loomis of Fabius, N.Y., wrote, “Work your hardest, and never give up.”

  • Jonathan Miedema of Sherburne, N.Y., wrote, “Be willing to make a change in it for you and your family’s future health.”

  • Mike Lappin of Taberg, N.Y., wrote, “When you work for yourself and not think about the finance part, I feel free.”

  • Brian Getty of Granville, N.Y., wrote, “Times change, but goodwill is forever.”

  • Madeline Snider of Ava, N.Y., wrote, “It’s gonna get better if you’ve got cows.”

  • “Common sense still matters,” wrote Darren Elsworth, Greenwich, N.Y.

  • “Farming’s better than factory work,” wrote Owen Vaughn, Brushton, N.Y.

  • “Have our politicians make a living on what we do,” wrote Ed Weber, Bovina, N.Y.

  • “Laugh, and laugh often,” wrote Donna Ford, Waterville, N.Y.

  • “Don’t overdo,” wrote Millie Bednarski, Cato, N.Y.

  • “Do it for the next generation,” wrote Aaron Hardy, Jordanville, N.Y.

  • “Stay focused on your why,” wrote Brett Roberts, Remsen, N.Y.

  • “Vote in November,” wrote David Maidens Jr., Central Square, N.Y.

  • “Live, love, laugh. Enjoy your farm,” wrote Kathy Adams, Phelps, N.Y.

  • “Go online!” wrote Joe Gurreri, Harrisburg, Pa.

  • “Look forward,” wrote Thomas Holmes, Delevan, N.Y.

  • “Pray,” wrote Audrey Lappin, Taberg, N.Y.

  • “Stay strong,” wrote Karen Tripp, Little Genessee, N.Y.

  • “Good luck,” wrote Brittany Rosenblatt, Boston, N.Y.

Do you have any positive wisdom you want to share? Email [email protected].

And the winners are …

Congratulations to Matt VanHeusen of Georgetown, N.Y., the winner of this year’s $350 gift card from Tractor Supply Co. More than 500 visitors to the American Agriculturist booth entered to win in our annual New York Farm Show Farmer Poll. This year’s prizes were the $350 Tractor Supply Co. gift card and five $100 Cabela’s gift cards.

Here are the five people who had their names drawn for a $100 Cabela’s gift card:

  • Andrea Schmidt of Sherburne, N.Y.

  • Megan Lamb of Hamilton, N.Y.

  • Carl Oney of Jordan, N.Y.

  • Volles Dairy Farm of Marietta, N.Y.

  • Wesley Auker of Scipio Center, N.Y.

About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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