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Animal rights vandals hit butter cow at Iowa State Fair

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Vandals from the Iowans for Animal Liberation dowsed the Iowa State Fair’s butter cow with red paint symbolizing blood, and wrote “Freedom for All” on the glass display window.

Crowell on video junkies, ag research and county fairs

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Congressional appropriations to R&D of the National Institutes of Health totaled nearly $31 billion in fiscal year 2012. Ag research got a paltry $277 million.

Precautionary principle: By removing a risk, are we limiting finding solutions to the problem?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Editor Susan Crowell on the precautionary principle: Public perception of risk can certainly be different than a scientific assessment of risk, but I’m not sure my perhaps-ignorant perception should hamper scientific inquiry.

Commentary by Susan Crowell: What farm bill history do we want to repeat?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Editor Susan Crowell wonders if we’ve learned anything from past farm bill wrangling.

A House divided: Farm bill is fall guy

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Political or dysfunctional. Take your pick for describing the U.S. House of Representatives’ actions when the farm bill came up for a vote on the floor.

Teens DO look to you for guidance

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Every youth could benefit from hearing from you, and I can think of no greater lesson you could share than the passion you each bear for your own life’s work.

Commercial kitchens: Can we stir up new food processing in Ohio?

Monday, June 10, 2013

A commercial kitchen lets food entrepreneurs rent time in a licensed facility to develop and make their products. We need more in Ohio.

Big data: Farming by the numbers

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Better data drives better ag decisions, and data is getting bigger and bigger. How will you manage it?

Susan Crowell: HSUS creates its own Ohio ag council to try and gain farming ‘street cred’

Thursday, May 9, 2013

I wasn’t going to write about it. I truly wasn’t. I was going to let last week’s news story by reporter Kristy Seachrist stand on its own, and let readers read between the lines for themselves about how the Humane Society of the United States was creating a new agriculture advisory council in Ohio “to […]

Susan Crowell: Immigration reform affects farming

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One source estimates 55 to 75 percent of farm workers lack legal status, while others put the number at closer to 20 percent.

Saying goodbye: Trying to become Miriam Miller’s daughter

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Editor Susan Crowell says goodbye to her mother.

Today, agriculture is war of words, but we can end the food fight

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

No More Food Fights: We have to make time to come together around the food plate, to have a conversation — a human connection — that doesn’t end in a food fight.

Paul Harvey’s words still ring true: God said, ‘I need a caretaker.’ So he made a farmer

Monday, February 4, 2013

It was a Super Bowl ad that grabbed our attention for its shear simplicity, not its shock factor. Paul Harvey sharing his, “So God Made a Farmer” tribute.

I’m all for finding partners, building coalitions. Just not with HSUS

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Find new alliances? Sit down and work out compromises? Editor Susan Crowell is all for it, just as long as we’re not dealing with the HSUS.

GMO basher, Mark Lynas, makes an about-face

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Most of us are science illiterate. That’s why emotion and public perception steers policy, not science. A GMO opponent changes his mind.

Can politicians restore nation’s trust?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I don’t know what they’re doing in D.C., but it’s clear what they’re not doing. The work we sent them there to do.

Yes, agriculture IS Ohio’s No. 1 industry

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Agriculture drives a huge chunk of the economy in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. And that’s not hyperbole, it’s fact.

To farm successfully, it’s all about who you know

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Editor Susan Crowell shares the importance of seeking others’ advice when it comes to improving your farm. Grazing councils are a great example.

Yogurt makers (and dairymen) saying ‘I love New York’

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Some are touting New York’s yogurt empire as the equivalent to California’s Silicon Valley. Editor Susan Crowell says let’s hope it keeps growing, one spoonful at a time.

GMO labeling not about choice

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Anti-GMO sentiment is based on faulty science, emotion, a mistrust of big corporations, and even conspiracy theories. Editor Susan Crowell serves up her thoughts.

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