Paul Horel, 66, left the family farm as soon as he could. Now, though, he appreciates lessons learned as a farm kid.
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Paul Horel says his childhood was pretty typical for a kid growing up in the Midwest in the 1950s: he did chores in the morning and evening, spent long summer days playing in the fields, and attended a small country school.
Retirement can be a dirty word for farmers; but aging means they inevitably can do less on their land. Sometimes families anticipate the coming changes and plan for them â€“ but even the most carefully planned transitions can lead to strained relationships.
Originally from Laos, Air Philavanh now farms 11 acres near Milo, Iowa. Heâ€™s built a shelter for his cattle out of a dilapidated barn.
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Air Philavanh is a new farmer in central Iowa who came to this country from Laos as a refugee more than 30 years ago. Today, heâ€™s living on an 11-acre farm in Milo, Iowa, about an hour from Des Moines.