Similar to Commentary

All Categories

  • OSHA backs off small farm target

  • Farm failures: We didn’t plan for it to happen…

  • 4-H can make a difference in child’s life

Commentary Results

If we can hang on, ag outlook is solid because we ‘build things’

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I love the 1990 fairy tale movie Pretty Woman that stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts (although I admit a prostitute is not standard fare in fairy tales). One of the turning points in the movie is when Gere’s character — a corporate take-over specialist who buys companies on paper and dismantles them for profit […]

The three R’s of the HSUS agenda

Thursday, April 2, 2009

HSUS is not about pet shelters, unwanted animal rescues, or adopting a cat. It is about reducing the consumption of meat, refining the diet, and replacing meat in your diet with plant-based foods.

Tell a farmer ‘thank you.’ Today.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Above: Note from a Farm and Dairy reader North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler was eating lunch with some staff members at a local restaurant recently when a woman walked by, laid a napkin on his table, and kept on walking to the cash register. “I picked up the napkin and noticed she had written […]

You can’t keep a good farm man (or woman) down

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hamilton County’s Bobby Burwinkel has some fun behind a podium at the USDA. A future U.S. Secretary of Agriculture perhaps? — With all the economic doom and gloom and agricultural uncertainty, it’s one thing to want to hear from the industry’s leaders, but what about the tomorrow’s leaders, or the next generation? Do they plan […]

Farm stress: Your today will define tomorrow

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Even on the most difficult days, farmers need to step up to the plate believing that what they do matters, because it does. That belief, that optimism, and even a little forced enthusiasm will be enough to lift you.

When will you tire of the other voices and speak out for agriculture?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The horn of plenty needs tooting. And you are obligated to do some of it.

I guess I’ll have to send myself flowers

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My husband and I don’t take much stock in Valentine’s Day cards and such. One year, I shamed him into getting me a heart-shaped box of chocolates because I wanted to save the box and use it as a fireplace mantel decoration in future Februarys.

We all need ag diversity training

Thursday, February 5, 2009

We cannot be so narrow-minded to think that there is only one way to be successful, to be sustainable, in farming today.

Knee jerks and collateral damage

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Biotechnology can feed the world, save lives, protect the environment, and improve human and animal health and welfare.

Look around you. Yep, life is good

Thursday, January 22, 2009

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president-elect Gary Voogt (he takes office Jan. 24) made some good, salt-of-the-earth comments at last weekend’s annual meeting of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. The Michigan Angus breeder may have retired as a civil engineer (before he retired, he was president of an engineering firm employing 65 people), but I think he […]

Let’s hear it for the Patz 1000 Alley Scraper 4-H Style Revue

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Those folks at Purdue University are sheer genius. No offense to my friends at the fine land grant universities in Ohio and Pennsylvania, but in the world of cost recovery, Purdue just scooped you big time. Purdue University is auctioning the naming rights to several new species discovered by professor John Bickham, who is also […]

Ag impact is more than economic

(or what farmers never get paid for)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Last September when I solicited responses to the question “What I learned on my first job”, one of the people I contacted was Pike County farmer Dan Corcoran. After the piece appeared, Dan e-mailed a quick note. “I try to tell my children how they will remember being ‘different’ will be a very good thing. […]

Who will lead your farm after you?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

How much time do you spend developing your farm’s next generation of leadership?

Celebrate the first silent night

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

(Note: This column first appeared in Farm and Dairy 15 years ago. This morning, I searched through my yellowed clippings to share it again this year. Merry Christmas to all.) If you walked by Edith Troyer’s third grade class at Walnut Creek Elementary School during December, it wasn’t unusual to hear voices of the young […]

Reinvigorating the ‘American Way’

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our challenge — and the challenge of saving the American Way — is for Business, Labor, Agriculture and Consumers to stop pointing fingers and work together for the common good.

Keep your farm above water in 2009: Think change

Thursday, December 11, 2008

While the automakers were pushing for their bailout package on Capitol Hill this week, General Motors bought a full-page ad and admitted to consumers that it made mistakes (although it was buried in the trade publication Automotive News, which is read more by industry execs and lobbyists than Joe Consumer. Go figure.). “At times we […]

Taxing cow farts: The strange and true from D.C.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

You take a coupla days off and the papers and e-mails pile up faster than snowflakes in Geauga County. Here’s some of what greeted me Monday morning: Cow tax. The ag airwaves and Internet hotlines were buzzing last week with a last ditch plea for comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate […]

Sharing a story of Grace and love

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It was a story no one could write but Don Rupert.

You want a farm future? Speak out

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Farmers can’t assume their story is going to get out there if they don’t tell it, because it won’t.

Get obsessed and practice success

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Donald Trump is obsessed with real estate. Howard Hughes was obsessed with aircraft. Calvin Klein was obsessed with fashion. Bobby Fischer was obsessed with chess and Tiger Woods is obsessed with golf. That obsession led to their success. Obsession means eating, sleeping and drinking your passion. You train, you read, you study, you experiment, you […]

eNewsletter

Get our Top Stories in Your Inbox