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Susan Crowell: HSUS creates its own Ohio ag council to try and gain farming ‘street cred’

Thursday, May 9, 2013

I wasn’t going to write about it. I truly wasn’t. I was going to let last week’s news story by reporter Kristy Seachrist stand on its own, and let readers read between the lines for themselves about how the Humane Society of the United States was creating a new agriculture advisory council in Ohio “to […]

Susan Crowell: Immigration reform affects farming

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One source estimates 55 to 75 percent of farm workers lack legal status, while others put the number at closer to 20 percent.

Saying goodbye: Trying to become Miriam Miller’s daughter

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Editor Susan Crowell says goodbye to her mother.

Today, agriculture is war of words, but we can end the food fight

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

No More Food Fights: We have to make time to come together around the food plate, to have a conversation — a human connection — that doesn’t end in a food fight.

Paul Harvey’s words still ring true: God said, ‘I need a caretaker.’ So he made a farmer

Monday, February 4, 2013

It was a Super Bowl ad that grabbed our attention for its shear simplicity, not its shock factor. Paul Harvey sharing his, “So God Made a Farmer” tribute.

I’m all for finding partners, building coalitions. Just not with HSUS

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Find new alliances? Sit down and work out compromises? Editor Susan Crowell is all for it, just as long as we’re not dealing with the HSUS.

GMO basher, Mark Lynas, makes an about-face

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Most of us are science illiterate. That’s why emotion and public perception steers policy, not science. A GMO opponent changes his mind.

Can politicians restore nation’s trust?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I don’t know what they’re doing in D.C., but it’s clear what they’re not doing. The work we sent them there to do.

Yes, agriculture IS Ohio’s No. 1 industry

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Agriculture drives a huge chunk of the economy in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. And that’s not hyperbole, it’s fact.

To farm successfully, it’s all about who you know

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Editor Susan Crowell shares the importance of seeking others’ advice when it comes to improving your farm. Grazing councils are a great example.

Yogurt makers (and dairymen) saying ‘I love New York’

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Some are touting New York’s yogurt empire as the equivalent to California’s Silicon Valley. Editor Susan Crowell says let’s hope it keeps growing, one spoonful at a time.

GMO labeling not about choice

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Anti-GMO sentiment is based on faulty science, emotion, a mistrust of big corporations, and even conspiracy theories. Editor Susan Crowell serves up her thoughts.

Pick apple slices instead of Snickers

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Any time we can increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables, we win — both from a health and an agricultural production standpoint.

What policy will help farms succeed?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today, we want it all: a healthy environment, low taxes, cheap food, profitable agriculture community and a solid rural economy. But if we looked long-term, what is it that would be “worth as much to agriculture 25 years from now” as it is today?

Is there anything we can do about the weather?

Friday, September 28, 2012

By: TOM DOWNING The activities at steam and engine shows take place primarily outside and so are greatly subject to weather conditions. Some might argue this fact is a good argument for having a four-day show or longer, as most rainy spells don’t commonly last that long, so the chances of having a decently profitable […]

What organic is and what it isn’t

Thursday, September 13, 2012

No two farmers manage their farms the same way — one organic grower could have higher risk of bacterial contamination than another, and the same could be said of a nonorganic grower.

My blaze of glory in the dairy show ring

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Editor Susan Crowell is going to quit her day job and become a professional dairy showman. All someone needs to do is to: a) train her; and b) keep her in M&Ms.

Farmers, you could learn a lot from a Twinkie

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What can we learn for our own farm’s success from the missteps of Hostess, Kodak and J.C. Penney? Editor Susan Crowell weighs in.

U.S. gets more from rural America than just our farm products

Friday, August 10, 2012

Editor Susan Crowell says we need new uses of agricultural commodities, to keep that new blood and passion to continue to build our rural communities.

Forget Match.com. Bring those singles out to the farm

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Short on farm labor? Just create a “working mixer” for singles, says Editor Susan Crowell. (Hey, it worked for a farmer in Idaho!)

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