Posted by: Patricia Hysong | August 24, 2016

It’s Been Fun!

Reunion Sunset

It is with sadness that I announce the end of this blog. Due to budget cuts, time constraints and re-organization, my position as blog administrator and therefore the blog has to be eliminated. It has been a great release to be able to do this and be creative and educate in this way. I thank you all for reading, sharing and being a part of it. I wish you all the best now and always!

Reunion Sunset-2

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | August 10, 2016

Old Farmer’s Day- October 12, 2016

Old Farmer’s Day or National Farmer’s Day is celebrated on October 12. 2016 and honors the contributions of farmers throughout the history. Farmers have always been an important part of the society as provider of food and raw materials.

October is a good month for farmers to celebrate Old Farmer’s Day. At this time most of the harvesting is done and the farmers have time to take a little break and celebrate their contributions. Even if you aren’t a farmer take this day to appreciate the hard work of farmers all over the world to provide sufficient food.

Thank you, Paul Harvey for this touching tribute to the Farmer:

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.”

So, God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper – and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.”

So, God made a farmer.

“I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild… Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry and have to wait for lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies – then tell the ladies  to be sure and come back real soon – and mean it.”

So, God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die and then dry his eyes and say, ‘maybe next year’… I need somebody that can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout and shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire… Who can make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps…Who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon. Then, painin from tractor back, put in another 72.”

So, God made a farmer.

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double-speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop on mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place.

So, God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails…And, yet, gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets. And who’ll stop his mower for an hour to mend the broken leg of a meadow lark.

So, God made a farmer.

It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners…somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder… and finish a hard days work with a 5-mile drive to church. Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing… Who would laugh…and then sigh…and then reply with smiling eyes… When his son says he wants to spend his life doing what dad does.

So –  God made a farmer.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.


Posted by: Patricia Hysong | July 8, 2016

Going Higher Tech~Tractor Technology

Recently we’ve all seen the adds for self-driving technology in the new automobiles coming out, but some farmers have been using similar technology for several years now. Although the self-driving technology is less widely used than the GPS technology used by many for more than 15 years now, it is becoming more and more common.

Self Driving Tractor Technology

It can make farming more efficient and yields more profitable, but it also has its drawbacks. Read more about it here.

Information and pictures sourced from CNET.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.



Posted by: Patricia Hysong | July 2, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

4th of July

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 22, 2016

Love Wyoming!

I  have been lucky enough to spend a bit of time outdoors in beautiful Wyoming over the past couple of weeks. I hope you have been able to get out and enjoy where you live!


Sunset on the Laramie River


Boreal Chorus Frog


Boreal Chorus Frog


Boreal Chorus Frog


Interesting plants


More wetland vegitation


Love the variety!


Northern Leopard Frog egg mass with likely a Predaceous Diving Beetle


Moose tracks everywhere


Mourning Cloak Butterfly


Lincoln Monument, Wyoming


Vedauwoo, Wyoming


Wild Oregon Grape Flower


Pasqueflower, sometimes called Prairie Crocus.


Calypso Bulbosa, commonly called Fairy Slipper

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 13, 2016

Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day is June 19, 2016


Daddy's Hands1

A day that commemorates fatherhood and appreciates
all fathers and father-figures.

History of Father’s Day

The History of Father’s Day 2016 dates back to 1910 in Spokane, Washington, where 27-year-old Sonora Dodd proposed it as a way to honor a civil war veteran, William Jackson Smart, who raised her and her five siblings alone after her mom died in childbirth. Dodd was at a church thinking about how grateful she was for her father when she had the idea for Father’s Day, which would mirror Mother’s Day but be celebrated in June, her dad’s birthday month.

It is said that she was inspired after hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, and she therefore told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. A bill to nationally recognize the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, with the fear that it would just another commercialized holiday. The movement grew for years but only became popular national in 1924 under former President Calvin Coolidge.

The holiday gained population during World War II, with most men leaving their families to fight in the war. In 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be celebrated by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.

Two attempts to formally recognize the holiday had earlier been rejection by Congress. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Information obtained from

 This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.
Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 6, 2016

June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

Myasthenia Gravis

What is Myasthenia Gravis (MG)?

Treatment decisions and goals are individualized according to each patient, but may include:
Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 3, 2016

Celebrate Survival

National Cancer Survivors Day_2016

The first Sunday in June is National Cancer Survivors Day. Celebrate life with those loved ones in your life that have beaten cancer and are still here.

For more information, visit National Cancer Survivors Day.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | May 28, 2016

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed every year on the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day Flag

Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while in the military service. It is traditional to fly the American flag at half mast. Many people visit national cemeteries where volunteers will place the American flag on each grave. Memorial Day originated after the American Civil War to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. The holiday was extended by the 20th century to include all American soldiers. Memorial Day is formally known as Decoration Day. This day is not to be confused with Veteran’s Day which celebrates the service of all United States military veterans.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | May 22, 2016

Shorts-Healthcare Visits

Going to the doctor or other health care professional can be a chore, whether you have chronic health problems or go once a year.  You wait in the waiting room, you wait in the exam room, visit with the nurse for a minute and then you wait some more. The doctor\hcp comes in and it seems as though you’re halfway though your questions and they are halfway out the door. Average visits last about 20 minutes, hardly enough time to discuss minimal health care concerns let a lone important ones. With such brief encounters, it is important to have a comfortable relationship with your doctor and to plan ahead so you are prepared and feel like the time spent there isn’t a waste.

Tips for productive, understandable and quality time with your doctor or health care professional:

  • Do a little research prior to your visit. Try to have knowledge or ideas regarding any specific condition you have and other medical conditions or concerns that you have.
  • Share how you are feeling. Let the doctor know what is going on in your life and with your body so they can help you.
  • Write down questions and prioritize talking points. You are less likely to forget questions and get answers or other information you need if you have a list that you can follow.
  • Practice asking your questions. It helps build confidence so you can speak up during the visit.
  • Have someone accompany you. Having someone there that knows your health concerns gives you two sets of ears to listen more carefully and ask they can questions that you may not think about.
  • Listen carefully to responses, write them down or bring a tape recorder. Once you are home, you can refer to these notes to better understand instructions and information that you were given.
  • Know your meds and share that information with the doctor. Either bring a list or all the medicines and supplements you are taking with you so that the doctor knows what you are taking, how long you’ve been taking it and why.
  • Make sure the doctor knows you and your medical history. Share your personal medical history and summarize your family’s medical history so they know if there are diseases that tend to run in families that should be looked at. Include your lifestyle when discussing YOU with the doctor: exercise, diet, smoking, drinking, stress levels and general well-being.
  • Confirm follow-up visits or test that may be ordered and find out how to contact the doctor when you get home and have more questions. Knowing their communication preferences will save you time and frustration if you do need to contact them to clarify something after you’ve left the office.
  • Know how you feel about your doctor. How do you feel about them and how they treated you? Do you feel respected and valued as a patient? Make a good faith effort to discuss these feeling with your doctor if you do not. If nothing changes, find a new health care professional. You are not obligated to stay where you don’t feel comfortable so look for somewhere that you do. It may help you get well faster, reduce stress levels, follow advice more closely, and take better care of yourself in general.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

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