Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Humane Society of the United States? Still don't trust 'em!

If we don't tell the public about agriculture, who will? You know who will. So are you ready to start talking yet?

"2012 will bring an added emphasis to a different kind of food celebrity -- the farmer."

Why do bad things happen to good people? And what are the rest of us supposed to do now?

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.