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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.

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