It's that time of year again: With the end of the year comes the college football BCS bowl games, the annual winter tradition where the best college football teams in the country compete against each other.
The Diamond Farms junkyard near Kingsley, Iowa is a little different from your average dump. Its owner, a farmer, collects antique tractors and restores them, hoarding them on his farm.
The vice president of marketing and sales for Latin America at John Deere, Aaron Wetzel, recently visited Kleine Equipment Inc. at its Galesburg, Illinois facility. There, he spoke to an audience about agriculture in South America.
Excited teenagers recently gathered in Turbotville, Pennsylvania, tie-dying t-shirts and socks as they prepare for the state's Farm Show, slated to take place from January 8 through January 15.
In Minnesota, a family in the small town of Stillwater started what they hope is a new Christmas tradition: The family banded together and built a snow fort using a John Deere tractor.
In California, aggressive emissions-cutting laws have been enacted that aim to reduce the state's reliance on dirty energy.
Farm life is set to get a makeover in New York: While organic farms are known for the low environmental impact they have on the earth, Berle Farm in Hoosick Falls announced that it will further offset its greenhouse emissions through the installation of a solar panel system on its grounds.
With Christmas only four days away, many shoppers are scrambling to buy last minute gifts for their loved ones. For those with younger ones to buy for, consider a battery-powered John Deere toy tractor for those kids who love farm life.
Carson Alli is like many other 4-year-old boys. He likes to play outside, hang out with his friends and go to school. However, Alli also has a hidden talent: He is a prodigy on a pedal tractor and is headed to South Dakota where he will compete in a national pedal-pull tractor competition.
You're never too old to enjoy John Deere toys, according to Jim DeBoer of Orange City, Iowa. Now in his 80s, DeBoer has been collecting and building replica John Deere tractors and other farm equipment since he was a child.
Recently, at the P. Rodney Cover Memorial Christmas Toy Show in St. Thomas, Pennsylvania, John Deere toy tractors were in high demand as excited adults and kids alike gathered to peruse the exhibitions of 17 vendors who were there to showcase their farm toys.
Most prosperous farm owners suffer many defeats before they find success and Bill Hickman and his wife Leslie are no different: they spent years immersed in farm life trying to find that perfect speciality until they settled on Christmas trees. Now, the rest is history.
In Fremont, California, the Ardenwood Historic Farm has operated in the same manner more or less for more than a century. Recently, the farm hosted local children from the area to come and experience farm life for a day.
Brother Placid, a monk in Peosta, Iowa, is quite the multitasker. Now in his 80s, Brother Placid came to New Melleray Abbey in 1955 and has since both worked and run the farm there. On top of his farm life obligations, Brother Placid also served as a makeshift carpenter and janitor at a nearby Abbey.
For those interested in farm life, look no further than the "Growing Erbs" series of books. The seven-part collection, a majority of them written by Sheila Erb Caza, is filled with comedy, history and even a cookbook, and is a compendium of tales that depict her family's farm life upbringing.
In Amarillo, Texas, farmers are gathering for the 26th annual Farm and Ranch show, a showcase for technological innovations in farming.