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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.

Need Marcellus info? Ask Penn State

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Don’t get the “facts” on Marcellus Shale drilling from your neighbor. Trust, but verify.

The argument that won’t go away: Farm subsidies are making us fat

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I’m not buying the argument that farm subsidies are the major villain. If you want to oppose farm subsidies, that’s fine. Just don’t do it hiding behind an overweight person.

You want economic stability in your town? Think farms, small businesses

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It will take new ways of thinking to climb out of this current jobless hole. We should foster entrepreneurship, incentivize innovation, encourage education, and reward small businesses and the self-employed.

We’re all just irresponsible wimps

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Your mother and Uncle Sam can’t protect you all the time.

Every farmer should be a romantic

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Consumers want to be courted, romanced by your passion for agriculture. And they can only learn about that passion — they can only get to know you — if you are willing to share your story.

Beatitudes for Farmers

Thursday, June 2, 2011

It’s been a tough spring. But there are things we can control that may make a difference, if only to your mental health (which is pretty important). I call them the “Beatitudes for Farmers.”

First place in the Hoard’s Dairyman contest? Give that man a block of cheese!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

John Winchell is a rock star. Well, not a head-banging musician or Mick Jagger-like rock star, but a dairy rock star. And he’s got the bragging rights — and a traveling trophy — to prove it. You see, Winchell won the 2011 Hoard’s Dairyman cow judging contest in the agri-marketers division, competing against 962 contestants […]

Animal research saves lives of both humans and animals

Friday, May 6, 2011

Those who would decry animal research of any kind are actually hurting future care, health, and treatment of the very animals they proclaim to protect.

There’s a new kid in town: Meet The Social Silo

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Social Silo is the new “social face” of the Farm and Dairy.

Blame game won’t feed the world

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rising food prices. Everyone’s talking about them. And everyone’s pointing fingers of blame.

Ohioans, get ready for another HSUS battle

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Reading between the HSUS lines: “We’ll say we’ll negotiate with agriculture, but if we don’t get our way, we’re not going to play nice anymore.”

Let’s put knowledge to work: Support land-grant mission

Thursday, March 3, 2011

We are in an atmosphere of questioning spending, taxes and finding ways for all levels of government to live within its means. But cutting investments in agricultural R&D, innovation and education is like eating your seed corn — and next year you’ll go hungry.

Water quality: Not quite, but almost, rocket science

Thursday, February 3, 2011

We’ll be hearing lots more about watershed protection and regulation across the country, as states are mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency to establish nutrient standards for water bodies.

Here’s to those who work for a living

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

You know what our problem is? “We’ve spent decades trying to distance ourselves from traditional notions of Work,” says Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe.

Farmers, embrace your link in the food chain

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Farmers need to embrace their new/old role in the food chain, engage with eaters everywhere through outreach and education. We should “own” the food issue.

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