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Ahhh, a new year. A time to write a new chapter in our businesses and lives. A moment when the phrase “tomorrow is another day” takes on an extended meaning.

At this juncture, we look forward to 365 tomorrows. It is a time to start fresh, to write resolutions and to believe this year will be better than the last. A time when you pack up the past and move those lessons learned into the future.

As I write this I couldn’t be more enthused about all those tomorrows in this New Year. Because for me, this could be my year to join in your ranks, to become one of you, to be a farmer.

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0611ca_lee_editorial_1It is hard to believe this is our final issue of 2011. Last year, we introduced our plans for a new Canadian edition at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario.

One year later, we returned to celebrate accomplishments made thus far and announce bigger plans for the future.

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0511ca_lee_editorial_1One of my favourite fall pastimes is baking. I could easily spend an entire day in my kitchen whipping up treats for my family.

Part of the reason is because, come September, I miss my kitchen. It is no place to be in the summer, and therefore, I spend as little time in it as possible then and must make up for it in the months to come.

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0312pd_perkins_1This morning I dressed my nearly 2-year-old daughter in a shirt that reads, “I love sunny days.” Yet, out my office window the sky is grey and sprinkles flicker by as I look to the tree bending toward the west with its over-turned leaves.

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What a pleasure I had attending the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar in Red Deer, Alberta, this spring. While there was still plenty of snow and freezing temperatures, the great company and brewing coffee kept a soul warm.

Before the seminars started, I skated around a few dairy farms with other interested parties in our plastic biosecurity boots. During the preconference tours, we visited Chubanna Holsteins, Roneamer Farms Ltd. and Dykman Farms Ltd. Each farm was doing something unique.

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I’ve always enjoyed hearing from readers and therefore I was really excited to hear from our newest admirers after the release of Progressive Dairyman’s first Canadian issue in January.

People told us they were “impressed” with the magazine and that it held “valuable content.” Some of our advertisers told us they had already received phone calls inquiring about their products or services.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We would love for the dialog to continue. In my mind, if our publication isn’t meeting your needs, then it is our responsibility to improve.

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