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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.

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.

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