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If we can hang on, ag outlook is solid because we ‘build things’

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I love the 1990 fairy tale movie Pretty Woman that stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts (although I admit a prostitute is not standard fare in fairy tales). One of the turning points in the movie is when Gere’s character — a corporate take-over specialist who buys companies on paper and dismantles them for profit […]

The three R’s of the HSUS agenda

Thursday, April 2, 2009

HSUS is not about pet shelters, unwanted animal rescues, or adopting a cat. It is about reducing the consumption of meat, refining the diet, and replacing meat in your diet with plant-based foods.

Tell a farmer ‘thank you.’ Today.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Above: Note from a Farm and Dairy reader North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler was eating lunch with some staff members at a local restaurant recently when a woman walked by, laid a napkin on his table, and kept on walking to the cash register. “I picked up the napkin and noticed she had written […]

You can’t keep a good farm man (or woman) down

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hamilton County’s Bobby Burwinkel has some fun behind a podium at the USDA. A future U.S. Secretary of Agriculture perhaps? — With all the economic doom and gloom and agricultural uncertainty, it’s one thing to want to hear from the industry’s leaders, but what about the tomorrow’s leaders, or the next generation? Do they plan […]

Farm stress: Your today will define tomorrow

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Even on the most difficult days, farmers need to step up to the plate believing that what they do matters, because it does. That belief, that optimism, and even a little forced enthusiasm will be enough to lift you.

When will you tire of the other voices and speak out for agriculture?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The horn of plenty needs tooting. And you are obligated to do some of it.

I guess I’ll have to send myself flowers

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My husband and I don’t take much stock in Valentine’s Day cards and such. One year, I shamed him into getting me a heart-shaped box of chocolates because I wanted to save the box and use it as a fireplace mantel decoration in future Februarys.

We all need ag diversity training

Thursday, February 5, 2009

We cannot be so narrow-minded to think that there is only one way to be successful, to be sustainable, in farming today.

Knee jerks and collateral damage

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Biotechnology can feed the world, save lives, protect the environment, and improve human and animal health and welfare.

Look around you. Yep, life is good

Thursday, January 22, 2009

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president-elect Gary Voogt (he takes office Jan. 24) made some good, salt-of-the-earth comments at last weekend’s annual meeting of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. The Michigan Angus breeder may have retired as a civil engineer (before he retired, he was president of an engineering firm employing 65 people), but I think he […]


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