The gospel song All Good Gifts, from the Broadway musical Godspell, is one of my favorite songs at this time of the year. I think it’s because it marries the gratitude of the season with a grower’s perspective. Planting a seed each season is simply an act of faith. We can do everything we can […]
Your gut is a combination of your head and your heart. Your knowledge and your passion. Trust it.
The opportunity is there for the future of agriculture. Just open the refrigerator.
The future of food production will include a “mosaic of different farming systems,” as one agronomist recently put it. But the systems still have to be sustainable — and that means economically sustainable, too.
Don’t get the “facts” on Marcellus Shale drilling from your neighbor. Trust, but verify.
I’m not buying the argument that farm subsidies are the major villain. If you want to oppose farm subsidies, that’s fine. Just don’t do it hiding behind an overweight person.
It will take new ways of thinking to climb out of this current jobless hole. We should foster entrepreneurship, incentivize innovation, encourage education, and reward small businesses and the self-employed.
Your mother and Uncle Sam can’t protect you all the time.
Consumers want to be courted, romanced by your passion for agriculture. And they can only learn about that passion — they can only get to know you — if you are willing to share your story.
It’s been a tough spring. But there are things we can control that may make a difference, if only to your mental health (which is pretty important). I call them the “Beatitudes for Farmers.”
John Winchell is a rock star. Well, not a head-banging musician or Mick Jagger-like rock star, but a dairy rock star. And he’s got the bragging rights — and a traveling trophy — to prove it. You see, Winchell won the 2011 Hoard’s Dairyman cow judging contest in the agri-marketers division, competing against 962 contestants […]
Those who would decry animal research of any kind are actually hurting future care, health, and treatment of the very animals they proclaim to protect.
The Social Silo is the new “social face” of the Farm and Dairy.
Rising food prices. Everyone’s talking about them. And everyone’s pointing fingers of blame.
Reading between the HSUS lines: “We’ll say we’ll negotiate with agriculture, but if we don’t get our way, we’re not going to play nice anymore.”
We are in an atmosphere of questioning spending, taxes and finding ways for all levels of government to live within its means. But cutting investments in agricultural R&D, innovation and education is like eating your seed corn — and next year you’ll go hungry.
We’ll be hearing lots more about watershed protection and regulation across the country, as states are mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency to establish nutrient standards for water bodies.
You know what our problem is? “We’ve spent decades trying to distance ourselves from traditional notions of Work,” says Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe.
Farmers need to embrace their new/old role in the food chain, engage with eaters everywhere through outreach and education. We should “own” the food issue.
“A year’s plan starts with spring.” – Chinese proverb Like farmers, the Chinese who quote this proverb recognize a good harvest depends on the spring sowing. After all, you reap what you sow. But here at Farm and Dairy, the year starts in the fall. At this time every year, we turn another page and […]