Like any human being, you’ve probably paused with this thought settling in your mind, “Where has the year gone?” It’s true for me, too.

On one end, it’s November and we’re close to the end of 2015, with a new year on the horizon. The common reaction is to speculate where the time has gone. The older we get, the faster it goes. But on the other hand – for me, at least – it marks my first year here at FARMING.

Collectively, in the last 12 months, I’ve come across the most genuinely kind, resourceful group of people I’ve ever had the chance to work with.

Our group publisher, Barb Sweet, and associate publisher, Annette Dauscher, have been a wealth of knowledge in the world of agriculture. Not only have they assisted me in business opportunities, they also gave me a fresh perspective on relationships throughout our industry.

As you know, the farming world is not a 9-to-5, five-day-a-week job. Having the chance to meet the incredible men and women who thrive in this lifestyle has been a humbling experience.

I would need more than my column page to recall all of the thoughtful and entertaining conversations I’ve had with our readers. Of course, our encounters enlightened me to the world of agriculture, but it also taught me a lot about myself and pushed me to become a consistently better person.

The magazine has gone through a host of changes before and during my arrival, and I am overwhelmingly pleased with the progress we have made thus far. I believe we laid a foundation to bring the most important information to the Northeastern farmer.

For 2016, we’ve been working to continuously improve our publication to bring you the most relevant information to help your business. Thanks for being a part of my first 12 months. Here’s to another 12.


Cover photo: Margarita_Tkachenko/istock