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If I’m wrong, all bets are off

Thursday, June 14, 2007

While researching some of the information for today’s Page 1 story on the Borden Boys and their donation to the Smithsonian, I found a picture of a “Rotolactor” milking machine.

Ten ways to go broke: Still good advice

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Long before there was David Letterman, the University of Tennessee’s ag college came up with its own Top 10 list that’s worth reviewing.

Advice for life: Get up eight

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dear Annette, You’re done. No more high school. No more bells, study halls or varsity volleyball. No more sock hops, pep rallies or lunchroom drama.

Animal welfare rules are dynamic

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Testimony before a House or Senate committee is not always the most scintillating reading. I’ve always marveled how legislators can stay awake during the most boring of hearings.

The week no words would come

Thursday, May 10, 2007

There are some weeks when writing a column is hard (OK, most weeks). There’s never a lack of things to write about, but making those topics interesting is the tough part.

Infinite legacy of words and deeds

Thursday, May 3, 2007

In January, a man stopped by our booth at Power Show Ohio and mentioned he had met Ora Anderson. He was, the Athens County reader said, the most amazing bird carver.

Preservation: Why are we doing this?

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A week ago, I challenged newsroom team members to come up with a personal goal for the rest of 2007.

U.S. ag research at a crossroads

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The founding fathers got it right. But I’m not talking about Madison, Hamilton or Jefferson, I’m talking about Smith, Lever, Hatch and Morrill.

Losing this battle will be expensive

Thursday, April 5, 2007

“It’s time to get political.” That’s a headline message on the Web site of The Humane Society of the United States.

Ready for the manure chronicles?

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The caller identified himself as a reporter with the Canton Repository. He was doing a story on two dairy farms that are taking part in a pilot program for onfarm manure treatment, kind of like a municipal sewage treatment plant.

If you want to celebrate Ag Day …

Thursday, March 22, 2007

National Agriculture Day occurs every year on the first day of spring, which fell this year on March 21.

Gore is playing the role of his life

Thursday, March 8, 2007

The recent televised Academy Awards program was an Al Gore-apalooza, as the assembled actors and musicians were almost giddy in their support of the former vice president.

Farm and Dairy: It takes a thief

Thursday, March 1, 2007

True confessions: I’m a thief. I steal good ideas wherever I can find them. And hopefully, you’re the beneficiary.

If you farm, be a passionate mule

Thursday, February 1, 2007

An author and writing teacher recent posted a short online blog entry called, “Four Things You Need to Become a Writer.

Strap in, if you’re riding the e-wave

Thursday, January 18, 2007

I can’t open the mail, or another farm publication, or my e-mail without reading the word “ethanol.” We’re riding the e-wave right now, bobbing along on high corn prices and floating on renewable energy currents from Washington.

The New HamThe New Hampshire ‘pay per view’

Thursday, January 11, 2007

We’ve looked out our back windows and watched a bobcat prowl the edge of our woods. We’ve watched deer and wild turkeys.

All I want for Christmas is …

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Here it is. My Christmas list. It’s my farm editor Christmas list, not my personal wish list (stainless steel pots and pans, if you must know).

False comfort: Raw milk is safe

Thursday, November 2, 2006

There is a sense of complacency about food safety: Our food supply is safe; I’ve never gotten sick. But the recent spinach/E.

A story we’d rather not tell

Thursday, October 26, 2006

In a perfect world, we’d never print another article like Tony Nicoletto’s page one story about his miraculous recovery from a farm accident.

Farm and Dairy is all about family

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I have a “first day on the job” speech I give all new editorial department employees. After I review the company’s policies, plan the training schedule, and point out the restrooms, I climb on the soapbox.

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