A million text later, we’re continue to right here

This 7 days marks the 28th anniversary of this editorial effort. In spherical numbers that’s much more than 1,430 columns, a million words and phrases, and who is aware how several cold drinks.

Its start off arrived about like many initiatives in journalism: I obtained fired. It is a extended tale, so you may want to get snug — and even grab a chilly beverage.

In early 1993, I was nearing the conclusion of my eighth, year-extended agreement with Farm Journal magazine. My arrangement with FJ was basic: it sent me a test at the commence of each individual month and, by the conclusion of just about every thirty day period, I sent it 3 stories.

The freelance offer, claimed the FJ boss, was “the finest in ag journalism.” That experienced to be a whopper due to the fact in eight years the regular cash under no circumstances modified even although the tales had to.