Top 25 2017

“Kentucky farm widow spent 30 years dairy farming solo” was recognized as the most well-read article of 2017 for Progressive Dairyman magazine.  I introduced readers to Betty Rose Young Elliott in the December 2016 online article.  Due to it’s popularity on social media, her story was later featured in the March 2017 print issue.

Following the death of her husband in 1966, Betty – then 41 – continued to run the farm and raise five children.  Her story touched many, perhaps because real life rarely includes “happily ever after.” People disappoint us, accidents happen, and tragedies knock us to our knees. Readers could easily picture their mother, neighbor or family friend facing Betty Rose’s circumstances. And we all hope we would have the courage to face adversity and win.

You can read about the story being selected as the number one article of the year at  And you can read the full article describing Betty’s life at