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Another climate change is needed for agriculture

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Does your state (county, borough, village, township, fill in the blank) like its farms? Does it realize the economic impact of agriculture? Is there a welcome mat out for new farms? Do the powers that be understand the value of green space, of a “viewshed,” that a farm contributes? Or is agriculture snubbed and ignored […]

Can we bridge the great farm philosophy divide?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Now is the time for agriculture to communicate its advantages, as well as re-evaluate its traditions.

Meatballs and butchers are hot!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Top food trends of 2010: The last time I checked, farming had something to do with food, so I wanted to know what was tapped to be “hot” this year, and whether or not farmers could benefit.

Celebrate the first silent night

Thursday, December 24, 2009

(Note: This column first appeared in Farm and Dairy 16 years ago. I offer it here again this year, because its message never dims. Merry Christmas to all.) If you walked by Edith Troyer’s third grade class at Walnut Creek Elementary School during December, it wasn’t unusual to hear voices of the young students singing […]

Farmers, expect nothing; do something

Thursday, December 17, 2009

When Thomas Paine wrote those famous words, he inspired Americans to continue their battle for independence from England. The late 1700s were certainly a different time than today, but the quote speaks to many of us in agriculture right now. These are the times that try men’s souls. Farming in 2009 has been enough to […]

Get used to schizophrenic farming

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

We’re often challenged to explain why agriculture deserves special treatment, and those are always good questions. But it’s very simple: Farming is the only sector that is wholly irreplaceable.

Farm income: Anemic expectations

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It will be several years before farm incomes return to 2007 or 2008 levels.

Meatless by choice, or by design?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Earlier this fall, Baltimore City Public Schools initiated its “Meatless Monday” menu that includes a cheese sandwich or cheese lasagna or a bowl of vegetables, but no meat options. None. “We hope Baltimore will become a national model for each school system in the nation to follow,” said Robert Lawrence, director of the Johns Hopkins […]

Where do these people come from?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I’m not a Scrooge, really, I’m not. So I can’t blame it on the upcoming holiday season. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting old(er). Or maybe I just need more chocolate. But for whatever the reason, I seem to be getting less tolerant of some of the news that crosses my desk. For example, there […]

HSUS trash talk? Bring it on!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We need to get ready for the coming HSUS battle. Their war chest is deep and their p.r. machine is slick. Issue 2 was a cake walk compared to what’s coming.


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