The Planted Row: The Farm Forum is turning 50

Farm Forum

Starting on April 17, the Farm Forum will begin its 50th year of publication. To celebrate, we’re publishing a hardcover book that celebrates farming in photos.

Our upcoming “Farm Forum 50” book will be a collaborative project by our readers and staff. Reader photos will be the main focus of the book, and you can participate by submitting or voting on photos at You can also find links to the photo contest at

Categories that will be highlighted include barns and buildings, farm animals, farm kids, life on the farm, historical farming photos, and weather. These challenges will be rolled out through the year, starting with barns and buildings on Jan. 16.

We’re hoping that the end result is a dynamic look at farming from across the Dakotas. We know our readers have plenty of great farm photos, so visit and submit yours for a chance to be included in our book.

Request your Farm Forum today

It’s called the Farm Forum because that’s exactly what it is – a discussion forum for our farming world. It’s not just a newspaper; it’s a place where you can go to find out not only what your neighbors are doing, but what other farmers are doing across the world. Through your paper, we are connecting you with every aspect of agricultural business and life. Every week, we bring the farming world to your doorstep.

If we’re going to continue to do this, we will need your help. As most of you know, the Farm Forum is a free publication enjoyed by roughly 100,000 readers each week across the Midwest. Since 1966 the Farm Forum has been funded in part by the very people who read it every week by volunteering money to help offset delivery expenses. Every year we send out requester cards asking for your help. Even if you filled out a form last year, (it makes no difference if you sent it in January or July) we ask that you return one EACH calendar year. The U.S. Postal Service requires that we receive returned requester cards to maintain our status as a requester publication, which allows us to mail your paper to you at a discounted rate. With increased postal rates, it is paramount that we receive those returned cards. Otherwise, we may reduce our mail distribution.

The Green Sheet is trying to get a little “greener” by asking our readers to go online to fill out their requester cards. It’s safe, easy and will save on the amount of cards we send out in the mail. To request your Farm Forum online, visit and click on the REQUEST FARM FORUM main menu button to get started. This really is the easiest and quickest way to respond. You can save money on a postage stamp, and this is the only option to pay with a debit or credit card.

A regular mailing will still take place in February or March, but hopefully, we will be able to forgo a substantial list of people that have already filled out the requester online, so please visit our website and respond by Jan. 31.

If you are unable to go online, we have included the requester form below this column. You can cut it out, fill out the information, sign and date the form, and return it to the Farm Forum at PO Box 4430, Aberdeen, SD, 57402-4430.

Whether you are a casual reader, advertising partner or a long-time reader, we are asking for your help. Your requester card will make a huge difference, so please go online and fill out the form today. We are confident our family of readers will once again help the Farm Forum reach its goals!