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ISSUE DATE: 05/24/2010

Family dairy remembers priorities

By Jennifer Latzke

"Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day." Deuteronomy 8: 11.

The plaque hanging in the office of Forget-Me-Not Farms, Cimarron, Kan., greets all visitors with this verse from the book of Deuteronomy. It's more than a Bible verse, though. For the Boersma family of Forget-Me-Not Farms, it's a company mission statement that reminds them to keep their priorities in place--faith, family and dairy farming.

"We're a faith-based, family-oriented dairy," said Ted Boersma. Boersma and his wife, Nancy, operate Forget-Me-Not Farms with their daughters and their husbands, Naci and Josh Littlejohn and Aundi and T.J. Curtis, as well as Ted's parents, Andy and Grace Boersma.

The Boersmas have been dairying since 1984, when Boersma bought his first 140 head of dairy cows and transitioned from a family background in the floor covering business to dairy. "I looked around and there weren't that many old men in floor covering," Boersma said with a smile. Dairy, he said, offered his family an opportunity back then in Belen, N.M.


NEWS

Ag college breaks grad record
Ag grant and loan applications due July 1
Bike helmets and safety
Extension will host Food Preservation Workshop in Kimberling City May 25
FSA advises farmers to keep good records
LeadAR seeks candidates for leadership program
MU preps students, state ag for food defense
Neb. counties designated as disaster areas
New microbiologist joins Texas AgriLife Research
New seat belt laws support this year's Click It or Ticket campaign
Sonora Ranchers' Roundup program targets resource planning
USDA plans to survey Nebraska farmers
USDA sets new standards for ground beef purchases
UW ag college records high enrollment

CROPS

ACRE, DCP enrollment deadline is approaching
AgriLife Extension well screening event set for May 24 to 25 in Lubbock
ARS team boosts nutritional value of corn
At K-State, ag students' idea has potential to save lives
CAWG president testifies before Ag Committee
Cool, wet weather slows progress but restores soil moisture
Farm to host Wheat Plot Tour and Field Day May 24
Follow the wheat harvest with Sammons Adventures
Giant miscanthus is potential biomass crop
Giving Mother Nature a hand with pollination
Graham County Wheat Field Day set for June 9
Grain groups respond to proposed dietary guideline changes
Kansas ag department seeks applicants for 2011 specialty crop grants
Kansas asks Supreme Court to direct Nebraska to comply with Republican River compact
K-State grain science professor honored
K-State hosts annual county wheat plot tours
Meetings will discuss grasshopper infestation
NCGA to study, comment on new senate climate and energy bill
Nigerian trade team visits Kansas
NMSU weed researcher honored by Western Society of Weed Science
No-till farming improves soil stability
NSP encourages Senate to include ag in credit legislation
NSP testifies before House Agriculture Committee
Pollinator workshop will be held June 2
Quay County offering a free workshop for wheat producers
Scout corn for cutworm damage
Soilborne viruses, rust showing up in wheat fields
SoyWater website gives soybean growers a new irrigation tool
Thousands of Ark. farm acres flooded; farmers, agents assess damage
US reps. head to Greeley for water hearings
USDA seeks conservation partnership proposals
Using a pest's chemical signals to control it

LIVESTOCK

2010 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 2 to 4
AgriLife Extension veterinary camp is set for eighth year
Annual Heart Of Texas Cow/Calf Clinic in Brownwood May 25
APHIS holds public meeting to discuss animal traceability
ARS poultry farm gains organic certification
ASI conducting 2010 sheep photo contest
Beef industry keeps focus on safety improvements
Beef Industry Scholars program gives students solid background
Dairy calf weaning strategies
Family dairy remembers priorities
Ford County Feed Yard joins CAB team
Japan PM admits fault in handling disease
New 'Beef. It's What's For Dinner.' ad features popular lean beef cuts
PorkBridge educational series returns for fifth year
PorkBridge educational series returns for the fifth year
Resource offers online animal care training and certification
Resource offers online animal care training and certification
Royal Farms Dairy of Garden City to present at World Dairy Expo
Shade aids in cattle growth, producer profit
Stika honored as Outstanding Young Alumnus at K-State
Stockers set up beef quality

EDITOR

Changing the batting order
Important summertime jobs
Wrongfully accused

COLUMNS

I'll take those odds
Just a scoop full
New affiliation leads to new crop insurance products
New syringe improves safety
The search is on for better safety net in 2012 farm bill
Working for wages

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Cool, wet weather slows progress but restores soil moisture
Dalhart livestock sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson cattle sales report
Even with rain, some areas still dry
Faith livestock sales report
Field work continues in full motion, as weather allows
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Heavy rain slows progress
Heavy rainfall limits fieldwork
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales
Kansas hay trade slow to moderate
Lower than normal temperatures across state
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay prices remain generally steady
Ogallala cattle auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Outside market pressures push grain bids lower
Pratt livestock auction report
Producers continue to plant soybeans
Rain, cold temperatures hinder crop progress
Salina cattle auction report
Severe weather plagues Oklahoma
Springfield livestock market report
St. Joe feeder pigs
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm weather, sunshine get farmers back in fields
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wheat crop progresses, so does disease
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

The farm bill cycle begins again

FAMILY

An unpredictable growing period
Clarification
Dakota Gold is a Texas 'weed-to-riches' story
Euro has an abundance of space
Fusiform rust damages slash and loblolly trees
Meditation for 5-24-10
NMSU hosts lavender field day
Pasta is a cook's best friend
Savor the southwest flavor
The pretty colors of big, busy bumble bees

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