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Restoring confidence in education

Thursday, July 12, 2012

“If we aren’t agile, if we can’t innovate, somebody else will go to the dance in our shoes. The land grant system is a world solution; we should settle for nothing less than world domination.” — Dr. Bruce McPheron.

We still hold these truths self-evident

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Declaration of Independence was voted the most influential document in American history. Editor Susan Crowell says perhaps it is time we dig it out for a closer study, for to understand our roots may help get us back on track as a nation for tomorrow.

Give me a Big Gulp or give me death

Monday, June 18, 2012

Count me in as one of the many who think New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to limit the container size of sodas is totally asinine.

Happy 150th birthday, USDA!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The USDA is celebrating its 150th birthday, but farmers deserve some cake, too.

Farmers, grab some Domino’s this weekend

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Domino’s Pizza shareholders took a stand against the HSUS’ tactics of pushing its vegan/vegetarian philosophy under the guise of animal welfare.

Ag in the middle is getting squeezed, but that doesn’t have to be you

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nationally, mid-sized farms make up the largest share of ‘working farms.’ You’re not too big, but not too little. Goldilocks might say you’re just right.

Pink slime push-back: Someone smarter, or more emotional, than me has to figure this out

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Maybe the ag industry needs to listen more and talk less. Maybe we need to bring in more outsiders, and ask them, “what would a customer think about this?” We might have seen the pink slime push-back coming.

It’s National Ag Day, and, farmers, we need you more than ever

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dear farmer, those of us who don’t make a living from the good earth need you. And we need to feel connected to you because we rely so heavily on your work.

Is rural America dying?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The 2008 survey and report, “Place Matters,” found a substantial majority of respondents in all rural regions would advise a teenager to leave for opportunities elsewhere. That’s a sad statement. We must find the vision and political will to reverse that reality. We must find a way to bring rural America back to life.

Will we listen to Clint Eastwood’s halftime speech?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad narrated by Clint Eastwood reminds us that we — Americans — are gritty and resilient. We’re the wet-behind-the-ears upstarts still writing our young country’s first chapters. It also reminds us of what’s so great about this country: the freedom to fail and the freedom to reinvent and the freedom to change.

Who made HSUS the Jell-O sheriff?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Humane Society of the United States? Still don’t trust ‘em!

Would you open your barn doors?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

If we don’t tell the public about agriculture, who will? You know who will. So are you ready to start talking yet?

Farmers, may I have your autograph, please?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

“2012 will bring an added emphasis to a different kind of food celebrity — the farmer.”

On tragedy: There is a reason why, we just need to figure it out ourselves

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Why do bad things happen to good people? And what are the rest of us supposed to do now?

This farm girl will never settle for mediocrity: We could learn a lot from Pat Summitt

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This year’s Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year developed her ball skills in the hayloft of her family’s barn. And the farm work ethic helped build Pat Summitt’s eight NCAA championships with the Lady Vols of the University of Tennessee.

This is not your father’s farm bill

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Purdue’s Otto Doering: “We have a tendency in the U.S. to socialize losses and privatize gains.” Don’t expect to see much of that in the next farm bill.

A Thanksgiving reminder: There are doughnuts all around you

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The gospel song All Good Gifts, from the Broadway musical Godspell, is one of my favorite songs at this time of the year. I think it’s because it marries the gratitude of the season with a grower’s perspective. Planting a seed each season is simply an act of faith. We can do everything we can […]

Listen to your smart brain, but trust your gut

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Your gut is a combination of your head and your heart. Your knowledge and your passion. Trust it.

Future of ag is all about refrigerators

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The opportunity is there for the future of agriculture. Just open the refrigerator.

Urban farmers, welcome to our world

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The future of food production will include a “mosaic of different farming systems,” as one agronomist recently put it. But the systems still have to be sustainable — and that means economically sustainable, too.

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