Mark Newhall is the editor and publisher of Farm Show, a newspaper dedicated to the quirky side of farming life.
Maybe farming is the real mother of invention.
That’s the conclusion you’d reach from reading Farm Show, a quirky little newspaper published for the past 27 years out of Lakeville.
It focuses almost entirely on new and sometimes wacky equipment, inventions, products, problem-solving ideas, money-saving shortcuts and money-making schemes invented for and often by farmers.
Recent issues, for example, had articles on turning an old school bus into a hay bale hauler, making jewelry from corn, creating a propane gopher blaster and using an oil-filled squirt gun for treating chapped cow teats.
There are stories about an artist who specializes in cow portraits, a lawn mower powered by a jet engine, a train caboose turned into a backwoods cabin and a recipe for squirrel jambalaya.
Diesel-powered motorcycles? Diapers for incontinent dogs? An all-terrain wheelchair? A 40-foot-long bug zapper? Using pitchforks with fondue? Here’s where you can read about it.
Imagine, in other words, a combination of Popular Mechanics, Consumer Reports and Ripley’s Believe It or Not for the combine and tractor set.