I hope you have enjoyed the new Farming and noticed all the improvements throughout the magazine. It’s so exciting to share with all you loyal readers. More than 17 years ago, I was part of a group that started Farming, The Journal of Northeast Agriculture. However, agriculture has changed a lot since then. Although we don’t milk cows or tap maple trees like we used to, the fundamentals have stayed the same. Yet, technology has ushered the field of agriculture into the computer age.

I decided that Farming needed to go through a major metamorphosis and enter a new phase of providing important agricultural content to you. To better reflect the magazine’s new mission, the name has been changed, and “The Journal of Northeast Agriculture” has been dropped. The stories are more condensed, with illustrations to help you grasp important farming concepts and efficient production strategies more quickly. In this age of the Internet and social media, everybody wants instantaneous information.

In addition to a greatly improved magazine, our website has been changed and upgraded to be much more user friendly and interactive for all tech-savvy farmers. I could go on forever about how proud and excited I am with the new Farming, but for now I would like to thank all the readers and advertisers who provided valuable suggestions to help us put together a better magazine. It’s been a long process with a lot of hard work—hard work and farming go hand in hand.

“Farming is not a job, it’s a lifestyle” is my favorite saying. I was fortunate to grow up on a Jersey farm in Danville, Vermont, and obtain agricultural degrees from the University of Vermont. If it’s a sunny day, I would much rather rake hay than lounge on the beach, and I would much rather ride a horse than a Boston subway.

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I love farming and working with farmers. I understand your relentless dedication to your animals and land. Families involved in agriculture are some of the nicest and most unpretentious people.

Annette Dauscher, who has been with the magazine since 1998, grew up in Chardon, Ohio, the maple center of the state. She and I will both be at the New York Farm Show. Stop by the Farming booth and share your thoughts about the magazine.

Speaking of the New York Farm Show, if you see Scott Grigor running around, take a minute and thank him for all his hard work. Scott has been the show’s manager for 28 years. He still enjoys farming, raising feeder pigs and grain on his own property. Every year he strives to bring new equipment and ideas to the show that will help farmers become more efficient.

From all of us at Farming, we hope you enjoy our new look, and we look forward to working with you in the new age of agriculture.