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Water wars will impact us all

Thursday, July 2, 2009

California is embroiled in a hot issue that affects agriculture, as well as everyday living — an issue that will affects us all sooner or later. Water.

(I hope) there’s an ag activist in all of us

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The creation of an Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will mean the implementation of standards governing livestock and poultry production. But I would rather have those standards created by a body that understands production livestock agriculture than an entity that would like to abolish animal agriculture.

Social media butterflies? Get over it

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

“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 […]

Ag awareness: Let’s play small ball

Thursday, June 4, 2009

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.

Advice for life: Listen to your coach

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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 […]

We need a cure for U.S. health care

Thursday, May 14, 2009

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 […]

Explaining H1N1 virus origin is difficult, protecting you and livestock is not

Thursday, May 7, 2009

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.

HSUS: Fools, and Limbaugh, rush in

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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 […]

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. […]

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