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Singin’ The Laundry Blues

Thursday, September 16, 2004

In the late ’60s, maybe early ’70s, one of my dad’s cousins fixed up an old, historic home. His wife, Merry, made a second floor bedroom into a laundry room, and I remember listening to discussion among women in the family.

The future of our global food system, possible implications for producers

Thursday, September 16, 2004

The World Agricultural Forum, 2004 Regional Congress was held in St. Louis, Mo., from May 16-18.
The forum featured presentations and discussions by some of the most influential stakeholders in global agriculture and food production.

Life Out Loud: Replaced, rejected, retired

Thursday, September 9, 2004

The most dedicated servant is always the last to see the layoff coming.
One minute, you think you have the utmost in job security.

Hearth to Heart: Fall Mornings

Thursday, September 9, 2004

Cool night air, lingering now at dawn, drifts through the open windows of the house. We want to huddle under covers and stay in our warm beds, but not today – a school day.

Farm and Food File: Your vote doesn’t count at the WTO

Thursday, September 9, 2004

The most important election in farm country this fall won’t be in presidential swing states like Iowa and Wisconsin nor will it involve mad cows, angry Brazilians or even promise-spewing, glad-handing politicians.

A friend battles next hurricane

Thursday, September 9, 2004

The swirling hurricane season keeps pounding away, and everyone I’ve talked to in recent days is concerned about friends and family living in the southeast.

‘Water, water everywhere … [not] any drop to drink.’

Thursday, September 2, 2004

My feet splashed through the couple inches of water that covered our basement concrete. Where should I start to clean up? The narrow path through the stuff piled everywhere overwhelmed me.

Where have you gone Danny, Pat, Dan, Trevor?

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Before September becomes a blur of harvest dust, election mud and campaign slurs, it’s time to catch up on some of the characters who have waltzed through this space.

Imaginations keep farm kids busy

Thursday, September 2, 2004

“Some days, we would simply walk the fields and stroll the woods just for enjoyment. It seemed we didn’t really need a good reason, but sometimes we would offer to check the north fence or insist upon checking to see if the latest storm knocked any trees about in the back woods.

Bush and Kerry come a-courtin’

Thursday, September 2, 2004

As November’s election nears, U.S. presidential candidates are criss-crossing the country to woo rural America, particularly Ohio.

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