Monday, May 2, 2016

"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.

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.

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.

The USDA is celebrating its 150th birthday, but farmers deserve some cake, too.

Domino's Pizza shareholders took a stand against the HSUS' tactics of pushing its vegan/vegetarian philosophy under the guise of animal welfare.

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.
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