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A country of contradictions

Thursday, March 23, 2006

I watched the huge muskrat swim toward the bank of the Jordan River below me. Zooming in with my long camera lens, I snapped a shot to give to Mahoning County native Karl Gebhardt who was about to be baptized (we’re talking “dunking” here) in the shallow river.

Israel’s attempt to reinvent itself

Thursday, March 9, 2006

(Note: Editor Susan Crowell is traveling with an agricultural trade mission to Israel. This is her first report, filed after arriving in Tel Aviv.

Gentlemen, start your ag engines

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Do you want the good news or the bad news? Thing is, you can’t separate the two, when you talk about farm economics.

Don’t be too proud to grab a partner

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Last week, we talked about trends that shouldn’t surprise anyone: the generation gap, agriculture beyond food and fiber, and learning to “be human.

Future shouldn’t come as a surprise

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Adapt. Flex, Experience. Create. Focus. Partner. Shift. Imagine. Start. Enjoy. These are futurist Jim Carroll’s 10 “great words for 2006,” and they’re a good fit for January’s new beginnings.

Focus: What do you want to do?

Thursday, December 1, 2005

The calendar officially says December. The holidays. The pace. The weather. The end of the year. The year’s 12th month is either welcome or despised: a reminder of tasks undone or accomplished, of goals unmet or fulfilled, and of plans waylaid or on track.

Is that a Superfund site or a farm?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

White HAZMAT suits. That’s what I think of when I hear the words “Superfund site.” White suits with self-contained breathing apparatus, gloves, boots.

Making farmland preservation work

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The screen in the darkened room showed a rural road now bordered on the left by new homes. “I used to farm this,” said Knox County’s Tim Norris as he flipped to the next slide.

Protecting at-risk farm children

Thursday, October 27, 2005

I tuck my two teenage children in bed several nights a week. At least I go into their bedrooms and pretend I can’t see the “Oh Mom!” roll of the eyes as I sit on their beds.

Private eyes: Latest on animal ID

Thursday, October 6, 2005

The livestock industry wants the government involved in the national animal identification system. And yet it doesn’t want the government involved.

Katrina: ‘I’ve never seen one like this’

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The wind died down around 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. In that lull, Mississippi dairyman Bucky Jones scrambled out to the barn to milk his 80 Holsteins.

You think your fuel bill is high!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

It’s like a game. If I put only $10 in the gas tank, maybe prices will go down tomorrow (which is about how long $10 lasts and I have to stop at the gas station again).

Speech should be required reading

Thursday, August 4, 2005

As I was washing dishes in the kitchen Sunday afternoon, the TV in the next room provided some background noise.

Not all energy is created equal

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The 1970s, like every decade, were filled with unforgettable fads: platform shoes, mood rings, earth shoes and Rubik’s cube.

We need trade, one way or another

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Central American Free Trade Agreement is expected to come before Congress this month for an up-or-down vote.

Knowledge fuels farm progress

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Bill Grammer shot down my skepticism, and ignorance.
In recent years, we’ve received numerous university news releases touting the benefits of farm advisory teams.

Farming is greater than your farm

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Combing through yellowed pages of Farm and Dairy from 1925 yields a unique look at history. As I look for items to include in the “80 years ago” portion of our weekly Read It Again feature, I’m struck by how different life was then, and yet, how little has changed.

Seeing the future of animal ID

Thursday, May 5, 2005

While most U.S. beef producers are having a hard time coming to grips with livestock traceability, a Japanese cattle company is taking animal ID to the next level.

Environmental economics is muddy

Thursday, April 28, 2005

These days, everyone wants a say in how you manage the natural resources of your land.
Your water, your soil, your manure, your air – you’re bombarded from all sides with input.

Judge rules phosphorus ‘hazardous’

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Hold on to your barn boots: A federal judge has ruled that phosphorus from cow manure is a hazardous substance.

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