Forty-three years ago I joined the staff of Wallaces Farmer, a Farm Progress Publication, as a field editor. Today is my last day as a member of the Farm Progress family.
I had several opportunities when I graduated from the University of Missouri in 1972 with a degree in Agricultural Journalism. But the Wallaces Farmer position fit best with what I wanted to do – interview, photograph and write about farmers and agriculture. I made the right choice.
It has been a fantastic journey. I have had the good fortune to meet hundreds, if not thousands of Midwest farmers, travel all over the country and abroad, interview industry, government and political leaders, and so on.
I will miss the Farm Progress family and the opportunity to travel and visit with farmers all over the country but I am moving into the next chapter – retirement, spending time with the grandkids and fishing. I still plan to write when possible and maybe you will see my byline again somewhere down the road. I won't be a "rocking chair retiree".
Best wishes to all. If you feel inclined to get in touch, my personal email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.