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EDITOR'S NOTE

FARM LIVING
JEANIE J. CLAPP
Editor-in-Chief

W

elcome to the May/June issue of
Fencepost. This edition-specifically the farm and ranch story-
allowed me to reminisce a little. I
grew up on a small farm in Northern
California. My parents decided to move when I
was young and were looking at a nice ranch-style
home on a corner lot, not far from the city center.
My dad, who wanted to check out every angle of
the place, walked across the street to get a better
view. When he did so, he stumbled upon something
on the ground. He picked it up, turned it over and
saw it was a for-sale sign for a different property-a
100-year-old rundown farm house with livestock
roaming the acreage-that sat on the opposite corner from the original prospective home.
My mother protested his proposal to buy this
property-mainly because of the age and condition of the home. And, we had zero experience
with farm animals. Somehow he won her over, and
that's where we ended up.
To no one's surprise, we had our fair share of
hiccups as we adjusted to the responsibilities of
caring for goats, steer and other livestock. Our
horse escaped more than once and wandered the
neighborhood. Our dogs dug their way into the
chicken yard. And once, one of our sheep got

caught in between fence boards and had to be
gently extricated.
We could have used expert guidance from
fence professionals back then (about 40 years ago).
Our feature story, "Fenced In: Best Practices for
Farm and Ranch Enclosures," on page 22, states,
"Building the right fence for a farm or a ranch isn't
always about corralling the creatures, but often
about protecting them." As a family, we could attest
to that. And our livelihood wasn't at stake. When
a ranch lifestyle means income, animals' safety
and security are of utmost importance. This is
just another reminder of how impactful a fence
professional's job is. Your work directly affects the
quality of life for your customers.
Another great example of the impact this industry and, specifically AFA members, have is highlighted in "Solving the Puzzle," our feature on
page 40. This is a great profile piece on an AFA
member who saw a need and took action, creating
a non-profit that employs individuals with autism.
Check it out. You're sure to be inspired.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Fencepost. With
the summer construction season kicking off, it's a
busy time for fence professionals. I hope you still
find time for pool parties, family vacations and
neighborhood barbecues. You all deserve it. ■

Have a story idea or information you'd like to share with AFA members? I'd like
to hear it. Please contact me at editor@americanfenceassociation.com and be
sure you've signed up to receive AFA's monthly eNewsletter, Across the Fence,
here: http://www.naylornetwork.com/fen-nwl/index.asp.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - May/June 2018

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Chapter Presidents Committee
Fencelines
Fenced In: Best Practices for Farm and Ranch Enclosures
CLFMI
Getting in the Loop
VMA
Long-Term Objectives of AFA’s Upcoming Certified Fence Contractor Program
5 Strategies to Give Your Fencing Company a Good Name
New Members
Solving the Puzzle
An Aging Workforce – Is 60 the New 40?
Chapter News
Fence Contractors: Manage Your Auto Fleet Risk
Minding Your Business
Calendar
Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Intro
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - cover1
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - cover2
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 3
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 4
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 5
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Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 12
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 14
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Executive Director’s Message
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 16
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - President’s Message
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 18
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Board of Directors | Chapter Presidents Committee
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Fencelines
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 21
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Fenced In: Best Practices for Farm and Ranch Enclosures
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 23
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 24
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 25
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 26
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - CLFMI
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Getting in the Loop
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 29
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 30
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 31
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 32
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - VMA
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 34
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Long-Term Objectives of AFA’s Upcoming Certified Fence Contractor Program
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 36
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 5 Strategies to Give Your Fencing Company a Good Name
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 38
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - New Members
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Solving the Puzzle
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 41
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - An Aging Workforce – Is 60 the New 40?
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 43
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Chapter News
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 45
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Fence Contractors: Manage Your Auto Fleet Risk
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 47
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 48
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Minding Your Business
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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