15 ways 2015 challenged and informed farmers

This has been a year of change and challenge for Southwest agriculture. We’ve transitioned from the old farm bill to a new, radically different one; we’ve witnessed the end of a drought and saw extreme weather swings—from drought to flood in a matter of days in some cases. Crop prices have tanked. Cattle herds have begun to rebuild. A new pest has stressed grain sorghum producers and herbicide resistant weeds continue to spread across the region. Yet farmers and ranchers have maintained their commitment to persevere and to find ways to ride out the hard times. We at Farm Press have tried to document the changes, offer information to help farmers adapt and to tell individual farmer stories that explain their love for the land, the values they hold dear and their commitment to leave the farm better than they found it. Here are the stories you found most interesting in 2015.

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