Sunday, February 26, 2012

Winter Has Arrived

Well as we are coming into the month of March we have finally received some measurable snow on the ground.

I took this picture this morning and it is still coming down. We were forecasted to receive between 6-9 inches. A blizzard watch is also in effect for Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon with the possibility for a significant amount of snow then as well, so we'll see what the week brings.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Old School

Theresa got her hands on this old school photo of Chad, Cole and Cody (ages 12, 9, and 6 at the time) sporting their Weckerly Farms hats. I thought some of you might enjoy this blast from the past.

I also came across a site I thought had some interesting material:

It's called Plenty to Think About: The thinking person's guide to feeding a hungry planet. There's some interesting information about the challenges we'll be facing in the coming years to feed an influx in world population.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day in the Shop

The shop has been busy lately readying the equipment for spring's work. Tractors, combines, planting equipment and the like has been in and out of the shop getting serviced.

Upstairs, I had two helpers in my office last week:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Annual Meeting

We held our annual meeting for Weckerly Farms yesterday at the shop.

We reviewed financial statements for each entity, observations from the past year, current changes in policies and staffing, and plans for the coming months. We were also joined by our consultant from Eide Bailly who guided us through the family business planning we began last year.

Though it is always difficult to schedule in time for meetings such as these, I think each partner gains something from the discussions. Winter is an ideal time for our annual meeting since it gets increasingly harder to get everyone together once fieldwork starts in the spring.

Speaking of spring, here is a sneak peak at the crops we'll be growing this coming season (watch for more on this in the upcoming issue of our newsletter): barley, canola, corn, wheat and soybeans. We're looking forward to a great year on the farm!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ND Feeding Families

As I mentioned in my last post, there is a petition drive going on right now to get a measure on the November 2012 ballot for a constitutional amendment to safeguard farming and ranching in North Dakota. The language of this amendment reads:

The right of farmers and ranchers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state. No law shall be enacted which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices.

Here, former NDFB President Eric Aasmundstad explains the reasoning behind this amendment:

Chad has been carrying petitions with him and has been out and about informing people about the initiative. If you are interested in learning more about the amendment, visit, and if you would like to sign the petition, contact Chad and he will make sure you have the opportunity to do so.