As the show season for the most part winds down we at the FARMING offices are setting our sights on 2016. While I’m excited to premiere all of the new things we are planning, I’m also ecstatic about the show and farm experience I have had thus far.

I can honestly say that meeting our readers and partners has been more fulfilling than I anticipated. The overall display of kindness I encountered was a humbling experience. On top of that, it’s a pleasure to work in an industry with such an aura of inclusion.

If you’ve read my columns here and online, you’ll see that I often throw around the phrase, “Join the conversation.” That seed has currently harvested into the many letters on an array of topics. The overriding theme in the correspondence I received from readers was the personal stories that backed their point of view. They were entertaining as well as informative to read.

As we plan for the new year, it’s comforting to know that you, the reader, will join us to share your experiences and opinions. It’s been overwhelming! I’m still shuffling my notes and brainstorming new ideas just from the August shows. I’m enthusiastic about implementing these concepts in our pages for 2016.

Speaking of concepts, when I was walking through the North American Manure Expo in July, I learned that the topic of nutrient management is a concerning one among area farmers. This month, Tamara Scully discusses the best practices in that area on page 44. Also, our cover story, by Curt Harler and Ron Stevens, talks about a popular trend among farms, Agri-tourism, presenting a new world of revenue for growers. Read more about that on page 28.

These topics, as well as others in the September issue, all spawned from conversations throughout the year, and I never tire of them coming into fruition in our pages. I’m looking forward to meeting more members of the farming community in the future to spark even more new, fresh ideas for 2016. I never knew learning could be so much fun. Thanks for the conversation!

I want to say thanks to the staffs, exhibitors and attendees I spoke with at Ag Progress Days and Empire Farm Days last month. It was a great experience for me, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

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