This photo sent by Kraus Custom Forage Harvesting, Elkhart Lake, WI, helped brighten the holiday for the Hay & Forage Grower staff, as did a story on U.S. farm income. Dick and Bill Kraus decorated their Agco tractor and Pottinger mower with Christmas lights, then invited a renowned personality to take the first spin. Santa looks as though he’s enjoying the season and it’s our wish, from Hay & Forage Grower, that you are able to enjoy yours, especially after reading the story on estimated 2010 farm income.

USDA reports farm income will show an increase to $77.1 billion, the fourth highest level ever. Low interest rates and a falling dollar value have helped boost exports, USDA officials say, and fertilizer and fuel prices have stabilized. Get the complete story from our sister publication, Delta Farm Press.