November 27, 2022

My social media platforms have been littered with posts about the expectations of a harsh winter ahead. From images of caterpillars to persimmons to posts from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, folks are convinced we’re going to experience near-hostile weather conditions this winter.

I was just on the road heading to another Farm Bureau meeting when one of my granddaughters called to say hello. She peppered me with questions about where I was and why I was going there. After I hung up, I smiled and thought, “I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.”

Several studies by reputable psychologists from The University of California, Davis, and University of Miami and University of Pennsylvania, published in a Harvard Health report, found that giving thanks can make you happier.

As widespread rains begin to slowly refill lakes, reservoirs and rivers, Thanksgiving thoughts turn back to the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth where the Mississippi River, just a mile from our dairy barn, was a constant, often dominating presence.

With Halloween and the midterm election in the rearview, I’m ready for the holiday season to begin! There is much for which to be grateful this Thanksgiving. I love the holiday season first and foremost because Christmas celebrates the birth of my Savior.

Take a moment to think back to April 2020. The United States was one month into the COVID-19 pandemic, and consumers across the country were panic buying all the necessities they could get their hands on.

Late on Friday, May 7, the day before the running of the 2022 Kentucky Derby, a chestnut-colored colt named Rich Strike made the race’s lineup after, literally, another horse withdrew from the competition at the last minute.

From the Columbia Missourian newspaper: “Harry Truman remains near the top of a list of U.S. presidents ranked this year by C-SPAN, the public affairs TV network.

As harvest begins to wind down, planning for the 2023 growing season is beginning to ramp up. The Illinois Soybean Association is proud to announce the FY23 checkoff-funded research projects which will be conducted in Illinois in partnership with university researchers.