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ISSUE DATE: 02/01/2010

Farmer lives dream after accident

By Jennifer Bremer

One never knows how a split second can change your life, until it happens, according to western Iowa farmer Craig Smith.

Smith's life changed in a split second in March 2007, after he fell through a roof he was repairing, while doing what he loved--farming with his dad. As a result of the fall, he received a spinal cord injury at the T9-T10 level vertebrae, leaving him a paraplegic.

He was in the hospital in Omaha for two weeks until the doctors could make some repairs and then he was transferred to Des Moines for rehabilitation.

During his three-week rehabilitation in Des Moines, Chuck Larson, a rehabilitation specialist with the Easter Seals Rural Solutions, found Smith and started talking to him about what could be done to help him accommodate his limited mobility.


NEWS

AFBF: Lincoln's support key to reining in regulations
Ag-related classes, conferences start soon in South Texas
AgriLife Extension to offer Food Manager Certification Training course
American Agriculture Movement highlights benefits of renewable energy at convention
Baltimore greenhouses spur hope for more farming
Barber County Development to hold regional wind symposium
Building Farmers training helps develop business plan
Cadenhead retires after 30 years with AgriLife Extension
Economics professor named associate dean for Extension in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Farm to school program offers manual, online tools for schools and producers
Farmer lives dream after accident
Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days offers 45 sessions
Markey announces $2.5 million for Phillips energy project
Members approve ag policy positions at National Farmers Convention 2010
New report outlines challenges facing Oklahoma from high-hazard flood control dams
Obama, Vilsack Announce intent to nominate Elisabeth Hagen as USDA undersecretary for food safety
OFB leadership conference features top state and national leaders Feb. 15 to 16
Oklahoma issues adopted by American Farm Bureau
Researchers offer a new idea for ditches
South Korea, Kazakhstan beef officials in N.D.
TDA seeks communities to participate in Rural Internship Program
U.S. secretary of agriculture makes Des Moines stop
Ukraine 'model farm' to help sell N.D. ag supplies
Wind energy holds great potential, some challenges
Workshops focus on helping ag operators with disabilities
Wyoming group studies tying wind farms to grid

CROPS

Ag Career Day set for Feb. 3
Bennet urges USDA to proceed with caution on crop insurance changes
Colorado Division of Wildlife names 2009 'Landowner of the Year' recipient
Commissioner Staples announces $250,000 in grants to expand Texas wine industry
Conference will help farmers use no-till successfully
Corn Growers Association banquet moving to Embassy Suites
CSU offers pesticide applicators workshop
Ethanol vital to Nebraska's economy
Extension offers program during Lubbock's Southwest Farm and Ranch Classic
Gubernatorial hopefuls, ag concerns part of WESTI Ag Days in Worland
Haiti flour mill destroyed in earthquake
In organic cover crops, more seeds means fewer weeds
Italian ryegrass showing more resistance to key herbicides
Missouri corn grower travels to the Middle East, northern Africa
Missouri welcomes first ethanol blender pumps
MU to host farm outlook meeting March 11 in Jefferson City
Nebraska firm tries to get utilities to burn corn
Nebraska NCRS promotes locally grown food with high-tunnel pilot project
Nominations continue for new oilseed commission
Nutrition exhibit will make several stops in southwest Missouri during 2010
OSU's grape management course to begin March 4
Private pesticide applicator training
Research symposium to feature OSU food and ag products
Research vital to Texas peanut industry
Sick of blurred identity, U.S. plant pathologists formed own society
South Texas citrus apparently OK after cold snap
Sunflower growers boast high yields
Texas increases protection at the pump
Through snowdrifts, Nebraska farmer brings in corn
United Soybean Board CEO honored for leadership
UNL crop production budgets updated
Upcoming K-State agricultural events
USDA finds 54.9 million acres of U.S. farmland now irrigated
USDA launches high tunnel pilot study to increase availability of locally grown organic foods
Vilsack announces funding for business development projects
Weather took toll on apple, cranberry crops
Wheat commission approves resolutions
Wheat leaders applaud Obama's emphasis on trade in State of the Union
Wheat Quality Council meeting to feature grading standards, lost acres, breeding changes

LIVESTOCK

American Angus Tag Store
Angora goat test deadline set for Feb. 4
Annual Ram Performance Test Field Day and Sale set for March 19
Avoid injury by staying alert around all cattle
Balancer bull Tops Clemson Bull Test
Beef Cattle Institute to host 2010 International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare
Brand Board proposes administrative fine
Cassady takes reins as executive director of Beef Improvement Federation
Cattlemen advised to watch feed during frigid weather
Champions parade at 2010 NWSS Gelbvieh and Balancer show
Colorado man's mastery: Mules, horses, harnesses
Concentrated animal feeding operations face new permitting requirements
EquiFest of Kansas 2010: Equine entertainment, education and excitement
Farm show visitors learn about beef and veal production
Four States Ag Expo extends deadline on Bull & Heifer Sale nominations
Herdsman's Award goes to Thomas
Limousin Foundation presents medals of excellence
Livestock producers need a plan for the future
Man who used cows to defraud Montana banks sentenced
Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge will draw 75 students from 15 universities
Missouri duo wins final quarter, overall 2009 honors in carcass contest
Missouri WRAPS to sponsor livestock management, profitability workshops in Highland
More high-quality beef hits consumer target
MU Thompson Farm remains focused on beef breeding improvements
New website features empower consumers for meat case decisions
NMLB, NMRC program to protect racing industry
Ohio Farm Bureau details proactive effort on animal care
Pilgrim's Pride exits bankruptcy protection
Poultry lawsuit stays on track
Prices up at Gold Trophy Bison Auction at stock show
Protect livestock with windbreaks
Ranchers wary of moving bison to Guernsey
Registration now open for 2010 Iowa Pork Congress
Searching for Iowa's best burger
Shock & Awe named Supreme Hereford; Champions selected at 2010 National Western Hereford Show
Some like it hot: Poultry growers fire up chicken house heating, ventilation in cold weather
South Korea confirms 5th outbreak of Foot and Mouth
Star Lake, Hoffman, K7 take top honors in Hereford Yard show
Texas vet school joins few with own blacksmith
U.S. Pork Center of Excellence to hold regional training conferences for National Swine Nutrition Gu
USDA joins National Dairy Council and NFL in a public-private partnership to improve health and well
USJersey announces March 13 seminar on breed-specific indexes
Value-added probiotic milk venture rolled out to dairy members at National Farmers Convention
Wayne County FFA named 2009 Beef Scholarship Extravaganza Champions
Zach Peterson honored with Bronze and Silver Awards

EDITOR

Freeze?
The dairy industry's untold story
Water, water everywhere--working together we can keep it fit to drink

COLUMNS

Advanced laundry skills grow from farm experience
How a topsy-turvy political world got turned upside down again
Just a scoop full
Uncle Sam needs a really big truck
You are never too old to be stupid

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache cattle sales report
Arkansas livestock sales summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn sees modest gains
Dalhart livestock sales report
Denison feeder cattle report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Hay trade slow to moderate in Kansas
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington cattle sales report
McAlester Union livestock sales report
Most classes of hay selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock sales report
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield dairy heifer auction
Springfield livestock auction report
St. Onge livestock sales report
Texhoma livestock sales report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

East Texas forage researcher receives Vice Chancellor's award
Italian ryegrass showing more resistance to key herbicides
USDA awards more than $4 million in weedy and invasive species research grants

FAMILY

101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix
2010 Wyoming state and regional Master Gardener Conference
Accepting a spouse
East Texas Turfgrass Conference set for Feb. 4 at Overton
Exterior elegance sets Hare apart
Fight holiday pounds with Corporate Meltdown
Join the Great Backyard Bird Count
Landowners in SE Colorado can earn extra income from hunting leases
Landscape Seminar Jan. 20 in Yuma
Meditation for 2-1-10
That Gremlin in my Shed
Upcoming K-State horticultural events
Using hardiness and heat zone maps
UW extension bulletin helps homeowners plan summer watering methods
West Central Texas Urban Tree Symposium slated for Feb. 9 in Abilene
Winter chores abundant in home fruit plantings
Your best defense for a snack attack

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