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The most to lose: Social Security ‘reform’ to hit rural America hardest

Thursday, January 27, 2005

No American group has more to lose in Social Security reform than farmers, ranchers and other rural dwellers, according to USDA demographic and income data.

Dairy industry needs to brag a little

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Don’t brag about yourself, what you do or what you have accomplished.
While this is surely a directive in some weighty volume of proper behavior, the referenced behavior is that of individuals – not the necessary behavior of a vital, exciting, important industry.

We just thought you should know

Thursday, January 20, 2005

A lot of information crosses our doorstep. Some we publish; some we pitch. Some we file for future reference, never sure what or when might make us dig into that folder.

Dairy industry needs to brag a little

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Don’t brag about yourself, what you do or what you have accomplished.
While this is surely a directive in some weighty volume of proper behavior, the referenced behavior is that of individuals – not the necessary behavior of a vital, exciting, important industry.

Remembering cowboy commandments and glowing campfire perfection

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Remember the good old days of the cowboy commandments?
It seems like such a long time ago when every child wanted to be a cowboy who stood up for all that was good, honorable and right.

Green Acres Welcome Wagon at your service

Thursday, January 20, 2005

I have recently received a fair amount of mail asking me if I have, and I quote, “always lived in the country?” What a silly question.

USDA’s mad cow circus: Act II

Thursday, January 20, 2005

After spending the last four years marrying the U.S. cattle market to Canada’s cattle market – the new family’s name is “the integrated North American beef market” – the USDA is now saddled with its handiwork.

Nature’s Art Magnified

Thursday, January 20, 2005

This January’s unseasonably warm weather left our snow shovel resting by the back door. It’s great, because unless I’m pulling a sled back up the hill below the farmhouse at Dad’s, I don’t much like tramping through the white stuff, scraping off my vehicles, or driving on slick roads.

He’ll always be ‘Mr. Darling’ to me

Thursday, January 13, 2005

His eyes were intense, piercing almost. And I was more than a little intimidated when he stepped into the office where then Editor Tim Reeves was interviewing me for a staff reporter position.

Writing, and living, in the dark

Thursday, January 13, 2005

This past week has been a week of challenges.
A chilly rain was falling when we went to bed on Wednesday night.

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