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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 […]

Farm future: We are not the enemy

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Agriculture received interesting attention recently as the cover story in Wired magazine, the recognized voice of new technology. Wait a minute. Farming in a geek publication that last month featured the electric car? Yep. The headline? “The future of food: How science will solve the next global crisis.” It is a graphics-rich, text-minimal atlas presentation, […]

Let’s hope California’s Prop. 2 goes down

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A ballot win for Prop. 2 in California would have ripples in other egg-producing states, and certainly in Ohio, which ranks No. 2 in the country in egg production.

Farm country rides economic wave

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Remember the 1992 presidential campaign that pitted Bill Clinton against Bush the Elder? It gave us that wonderfully pithy saying, “It’s the economy, stupid!”

The bail-out heard ’round the world

Thursday, October 2, 2008

It is difficult to think about anything but the U.S. banking sector implosion these days. Even though Wall Street is miles from your home or farm, and we often tune out the intricacies of global finance and its impact, we can’t ignore the situation at hand. Monday afternoon’s news was all about the failed House […]

‘It’s morphin’ time’ for agriculture

Thursday, September 11, 2008

There are no super powers out there to magically whisk your farming operation safely into the future, so I gotta tell you: It’s morphin’ time!

Support of 4-H, FFA youth is priceless

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The small signs were plastered throughout the barns at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds: “Who will buy the million dollar steer?” and “Who will buy the half-million dollar hog?” The signs made sense when sale officials announced this would be the year that the total for the steer sale would pass the million dollar mark (at […]

Pay attention to farming’s long view

Thursday, August 21, 2008

It’s easy to get caught up in this season’s crop, this summer’s pasture growth or this fall’s corn prices. It’s not so easy to stop and take a look around at agriculture in general and at what’s coming down the pike.

What the heck, Google yourself

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I’m an attorney in San Bernardino, Calif.; a staff software engineer for IBM; an art professor at the University of Michigan; and the CEO of HealthFirst in Santa Fe. My husband is a Century 21 real estate agent in Burlington, N.J.; a recruiter in the greater Philadelphia area; a manager of EarthLink’s call center in […]

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