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Did court clarify or muddy waters?

Thursday, August 3, 2006

The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the waters of the United States earlier this summer, finally defining those waters for the U.

Go ahead, call me some names

Thursday, July 20, 2006

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet By Susan Crowell Farm and Dairy advertising representative Georgeanne Wolf hand-delivered the fax.

Book captures one soaring life

Thursday, July 13, 2006

When I opened the package, I had no idea what the big, hardcover book was or who it came from. Bobo’s Flying Circus? And then I looked below the title and saw the subtitle: “Autobiography of Gilbert Russell Evans.

Net farm income continues slide

Thursday, June 29, 2006

If you’re a farmer, don’t read this. If you’re a farmer wannabe, you’d better read this. Everyone else should read it, too.

Digging deep to find motivation

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Baseball hall of famer Ryne Sandberg said his dad always told him, “Keep your nose clean, your mouth shut and your eyes and ears open because you might learn something.

What does it take to farm? Numbers

Thursday, June 8, 2006

“What does it take to earn a living on the farm?” Good question. What’s the answer? Actually, the question was the title of a report from a Minnesota Extension educator (we used to call them ‘agents,’ remember?).

It’s not delivery, it’s pasture-raised

Thursday, April 27, 2006

I’m intrigued by the growing “local foods” movement and direct marketing of just about anything farm-fledged.

Shouldn’t we push speaking English?

Thursday, April 6, 2006

You always wonder, on the first day of daylight-saving time, whether anyone will sheepishly arrive at church just as the service is ending.

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).

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