CropStop: Lent A Time Of Waiting And Hope For Many Farmers


During the Christian season of Lent, and the approach of Easter on March 31, I am often reminded that there are many farmers and ranchers out in Agweek country who are driven, uplifted and preserved by their religion.

I enjoyed a recent CropStop visit with Lauren and Pat Russell at their farm and ranch headquarters seven miles south of Selby, S.D., on Highway 83. Russell Farms is diversified in cattle and farming. Russell is helped by his father, Everett, who farmed on a separate place six miles away, as well as a key employee, Rocky Moxley. Lauren and Pat have four children who are not yet involved in the business.

The Russells clearly enjoy a progressive farm business life with their family and home, but also a hope. Lauren Russell emphasizes his family has enjoyed success in farming, but “it’s not something we’ve done: God has blessed us with good crops and an ability to work, and we’re thankful for that.”

You can see a CropStop feature on the Russells and others from Strasburg, N.D., and Elgin, N.D., at