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ISSUE DATE: 12/21/2009

Young couple balances careers and dreams

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Casey and Denise Finlay routinely begin their day before dawn, and usually end long after the sun goes to bed.

Whether it's hauling water to calves in the early morning hours, juggling family responsibilities, or feeding livestock after dark, the days are long for this young couple.

But, the Finlays wouldn't have it any other way. They're living their dream, and they're willing to put in the sweat equity to make it happen.

The Finlays and their three children, Emily (9), Luke (7) and Ashlyn (4), live just south of Syracuse, Kan., in the far western part of the state. Like many other young producers today, Casey and Denise both have off-farm careers that allow them to farm in their spare hours. Casey is an ag loan officer for First National Bank of Syracuse, and Denise is the director of the local Chamber of Commerce.

But, the couple will be the first to tell you that despite their career paths, their true passion lies in agriculture--and that's why they're willing to work 18-hour days or longer to make their dream of a family farm a reality.


NEWS

Dangerous jobs contribute to work fatalities
Farmers with best land face 2011 tax rise
Government auditors say food-tracing program flawed
Lincoln, Chambliss announce new Senate agriculture subcommittee leadership
No more beef: Wendy's burger chain leaves Japan
Project seeks to turn manure into electricity
U.S. announces global research alliance to combat climate change
USDA invites state participation in national effort to create new opportunities, reduce barriers in
USDA to launch high tunnel pilot study to increase availability of locally grown foods
We need a little Christmas now
Young couple balances careers and dreams

CROPS

Agriculture groups join NCC to convey urgent need for disaster assistance
AgriLife Research hires new crop stress scientist
Arkansas farmers detail crop losses from flooding
Corn and soybean school
Corn plot results released
DOE announces $100M in grants for sorghum
Duncan joins AgriLife Extension as state small grains specialist
Ethanol plant likely emerges from bankruptcy
Farmers will cruise to success at Commodity Classic
Future Columbus biorefinery gets federal grant
GIPSA accepting comment for U.S. Standards for Wheat
Multi-county ag conference set Jan. 19 in LaCoste
Narrow row farming good for some in Minnesota
NAWG applauds Committee approval of rail bill
NCC chairman commends USTR, urges African cooperation
NCC supports extension of trade preferences for Andean Region
Nebraska Ethanol production hits record high
NSP partners with NREL to host pilot run with sorghum
Ottawa conservation awards announced
Peanut industry weathers storms as consumers return to the all-American staple
Persistent rain dampening hopes for Arkansas cotton growers
Soybean Expo in Topeka
Sustainability seminar being offered at K-State
U of A Division of Agriculture crop loss estimate remains $309 million
Upcoming K-State agricultural events
Watch out for disease in winter canola

LIVESTOCK

ASA announces 2010 committee assignments
Capture the hearts and minds of consumers
Cattle auction fined, auctioneer bought cattle
Cleveland County Cattlemen's Banquet huge success
Colorado breeder elected to national Simmental board
KLA approves new resolutions
K-State veterinary medicine student serving on exec committee of student association
Mixed blessings
Moore, Weaver earn All-American honors in meat judging
NCBA task force recommends major structure change
NMSU introduces new endowed dairy chair
October beef, pork exports show growing momentum
OPSU beef bull test performance 56 day results announced
Registered brands expire Jan. 1, 2010
U.S. counting on cows to reduce emissions
Vilsack, dairy producers agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions
Western Missouri dairy adds cheese

EDITOR

Wyobraska cattle sales report

COLUMNS

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How should U.S. tackle climate change concerns?
Time to reflect
Winter: The most challenging season

MARKETS

Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock sales summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Blizzard stops at corn harvest
Clovis livestock sales report
Cold, wet weather limits farm activities
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Late harvest even later with cold temperatures
McAlester livestock sales report
McAlester livestock sales report
Most hay selling steady
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Salina livestock auction report
Soybean demands push market higher
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Onge livestock sales report
Texhoma livestock sales report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Unharvested corn remains in some areas
West Plains regional cattle sales
Winter weather stalls harvest

RANGE

Bandelier monument removes feral cattle
Brome aeration results
Fire helps in grassland management
Kansas Graziers Winter Conference scheduled for Jan. 23

FAMILY

A delicious holiday duo
A Yule Log is just a gussied up jelly roll
Black bears are reclaiming lost Texas territory
Community garden breaks ground to stimulate Edcouch-Elsa's economy
Electronic waste is a fast-growing problem
Increasing deer population leads to ornamental and garden plant damage
Meditation 12-21-09
Mistletoe
Simply Christmas
Stark Art Gallery
Texhoma FFA competes in OPSU Interscholastic contests
Texhoma FFA fundraising through labor
Texhoma FFA members compete at interscholastic speech contest
Texhoma FFA students attending personal growth conference
Well-proportioned Marquardt ideal for small lots

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