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Pa. Farm Show ‘Today’s Agriculture’ exhibit exposes what really happens on farms today

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The words under the Today’s Agriculture logo are sage: “Opening the Doors: Farming, Knowledge, Trust.” Being transparent about what goes on in our barns goes a long way to earning consumers’ trust.

The Countryman’s Year: Old diary rekindles simple gratitude

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Finding words of wisdom in a 1936 journal: “Blessed is the man who can enjoy the small things, the common beauties: the little day-by-day events, sunshine on the fields… So many people who go afield for enjoyment leave it behind them at home.” –David Grayson (pen name for Ray Stannard Baker).

You might not want to regift these

Monday, December 23, 2013

Regifting? There are some things that you’ve received or used on the farm that are probably better left in the shed.

EPA needs science integrity, yes, but…

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The new EPA scientific integrity czar has spent a lifetime espousing the separation of politics and science-based policy. And she’s coming into an agency with what some would argue a predisposition for regulatory overreach and a politicization of the regulatory process.

Cheese diplomacy and desserts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Although I’m sure it’s been the source of family feuds, nothing brings people together like food. Cheese diplomacy and other dairy news tidbits.

Write Lois Alt a thank-you note

Friday, November 1, 2013

Court rules W.Va. poultry farm is exempt from the NPDES permit requirement of the Clean Water Act. And that’s good news for all livestock farmers.

Food Dialogues spectators as feisty a rivalry as OSU-Michigan (maybe)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Food is now prime-time. That’s right, food fanatics around the country have turned food into fodder for water cooler, as well as kitchen table, conversations.

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.

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