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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!)

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.”

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