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USDA’s ‘mad cow’ circus act

Thursday, January 13, 2005

The only thing worse than the USDA’s timing in the announcement of new rules to permit Canadian live cattle and cow beef imports into the U.

Discoveries and Apologies

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Cleaning and reorganization strategies abound with the new year. Falling in with this trend, editor Susan and I cleared out a small area below the computer desk that I use on my days at the Farm and Dairy offices.

Dark, chilly Christmas memories

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Winter’s blasts of snow and ice tickle the fancy of some while creating for others extreme hard work for hours on end, along with nightmarish challenges that cannot be resolved overnight.

Time to toughen ruminant feed ban

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Fact: Rendered protein products that contain specified risk materials from cattle with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) are the main source of mad cow disease, if other cattle eat those materials.

What’s in a name? Creative crime and the ‘Junior’ league

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Recently, I have begun to branch out in my daily newspaper reading. Now that I have discovered the birth announcements, I am no longer confined to the police blotter to keep up with the myriad ways humans can commit crimes against the innocent.

Cork the bubbly: 2005 won’t be 2004

Thursday, January 6, 2005

When bidding my first, large freelance writing job decades ago, I telephoned an experienced friend for guidance.

Stocking Stuffers Start the Year

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Santa always packs some cashews in my husband Mark’s stocking, and Santa’s helper, who collects most of the stuffing for our large Christmas socks (guess who), sometimes reconsiders gifts that will entice him to overindulge.

Life in 1904: Dying at 47, 4-cent sugar

Thursday, December 30, 2004

As we close out the year, it is interesting to look back on what life was like 100 years ago.
In the year 1904, according to an interesting fact sheet, the average life expectancy in the United States was 47 years.

Reluctantly resolute, maybe …

Thursday, December 30, 2004

I could do the obvious joke about how my New Year’s resolution is to quit procrastinating tomorrow.
Or I could circulate one of those “Top 10 New Year’s resolutions” joke lists that clog up the Internet incessantly and get forwarded to you by everyone you even remotely know (with explicit instruction to forward to 10 friends immediately or you will have horrible luck and probably die).

More dollars and less conservation

Thursday, December 30, 2004

There is no shortage of American grain; current cash prices prove it.
Corn is marking time at $2, wheat hangs just above $3 and soybeans, at $5.

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