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Ag impact is more than economic

(or what farmers never get paid for)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Last September when I solicited responses to the question “What I learned on my first job”, one of the people I contacted was Pike County farmer Dan Corcoran. After the piece appeared, Dan e-mailed a quick note. “I try to tell my children how they will remember being ‘different’ will be a very good thing. […]

Who will lead your farm after you?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

How much time do you spend developing your farm’s next generation of leadership?

Celebrate the first silent night

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

(Note: This column first appeared in Farm and Dairy 15 years ago. This morning, I searched through my yellowed clippings to share it again this year. Merry Christmas to all.) If you walked by Edith Troyer’s third grade class at Walnut Creek Elementary School during December, it wasn’t unusual to hear voices of the young […]

Reinvigorating the ‘American Way’

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our challenge — and the challenge of saving the American Way — is for Business, Labor, Agriculture and Consumers to stop pointing fingers and work together for the common good.

Keep your farm above water in 2009: Think change

Thursday, December 11, 2008

While the automakers were pushing for their bailout package on Capitol Hill this week, General Motors bought a full-page ad and admitted to consumers that it made mistakes (although it was buried in the trade publication Automotive News, which is read more by industry execs and lobbyists than Joe Consumer. Go figure.). “At times we […]

Taxing cow farts: The strange and true from D.C.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

You take a coupla days off and the papers and e-mails pile up faster than snowflakes in Geauga County. Here’s some of what greeted me Monday morning: Cow tax. The ag airwaves and Internet hotlines were buzzing last week with a last ditch plea for comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate […]

Sharing a story of Grace and love

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It was a story no one could write but Don Rupert.

You want a farm future? Speak out

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Farmers can’t assume their story is going to get out there if they don’t tell it, because it won’t.

Get obsessed and practice success

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Donald Trump is obsessed with real estate. Howard Hughes was obsessed with aircraft. Calvin Klein was obsessed with fashion. Bobby Fischer was obsessed with chess and Tiger Woods is obsessed with golf. That obsession led to their success. Obsession means eating, sleeping and drinking your passion. You train, you read, you study, you experiment, you […]

Farm future: We are not the enemy

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Agriculture received interesting attention recently as the cover story in Wired magazine, the recognized voice of new technology. Wait a minute. Farming in a geek publication that last month featured the electric car? Yep. The headline? “The future of food: How science will solve the next global crisis.” It is a graphics-rich, text-minimal atlas presentation, […]

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