“Have you seen this?” The Twitter direct message from John Blue of Truffle Media asked. “Indiana Fair Oaks Farm video.” And it gave the link. A few minutes later, I read this message from David Brown (@tvfarmer) of Decatur, Ill.: “June issue of National Geographic, ‘The End of Plenty’ is a must read. The need […]
As farmers and farm leaders struggle to figure out strategies to educate a growing farm-illiterate consumer population, maybe they should try small ball — methodically undertake individual efforts and be opportunistic, rather than swing for the fences.
Dear Jon, Coach T. was right: Every game, every football season, has peaks and valleys. You heard it in the locker room every Friday night for the last four years. You play through the pain and the losses and the frustrations of the valleys because you know if you try hard enough, if you keep […]
On May 11, President Barack Obama declared, “I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is achieved in the United States of America.” It is a vow rural America sincerely hopes the president can fulfill. It won’t be easy — nearly 50 million people in rural America are either uninsured, have limited […]
I’m sure we have not heard the last of the H1N1 virus or related gene reassortments. But it’s not the time to panic. It’s the time to use your head and common sense.
He calls himself “America’s No. 1 Truth Detector,” but conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh must not have researched the Humane Society of the United States very well before he recorded two “statements of support” for the animal rights lobbying organization. The first public service announcement lauds the HSUS effort to bust dog fighting […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
The horn of plenty needs tooting. And you are obligated to do some of it.
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 cannot be so narrow-minded to think that there is only one way to be successful, to be sustainable, in farming today.
Biotechnology can feed the world, save lives, protect the environment, and improve human and animal health and welfare.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
How much time do you spend developing your farm’s next generation of leadership?
(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 […]