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 […]
It was a story no one could write but Don Rupert.
Farmers can’t assume their story is going to get out there if they don’t tell it, because it won’t.
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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!”
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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.
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 […]
We should be able to agree that animal welfare is in society’s best interest, and agriculture’s best interest.
Well, Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain, let’s hear it. Let’s hear your spiels for turning the U.S. economy around.
Last week, the Bureau of Land Management announced it was exploring options to decrease the number of wild horses and burros in the nation’s free-roaming herds. Those herd sizes can double about every four years, so it’s obvious that management is essential. As of June 2008, the agency has more than 30,000 wild horses in […]
Like most dairy farmers, Larry Stahl wears many hats: mechanic, nutritionist, vet, animal scientist, agronomist. As a Coshocton County commissioner, he also has another set of hats: negotiator, accountant, judge, CEO, public servant. Sometimes the two jobs pull him in different directions with competing demands. But in June, he combined the two to offer a […]
China is a Calculating Giant, assessing its options, positioning itself for continued dominance — particularly on the world food scene.
World food security. Climate change. Bioenergy. Oil prices. There are some weighty issues on agriculture’s table right now. Will we be up to the challenge — and to the responsibility? Last week, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization Conference met in Rome. High level diplomats from around the world debated the issues surrounding food […]
Hunger, poverty and insecurity are at the core of global instability, but a 2008 World Bank report identified agriculture as the primary driver to abate hunger and reduce poverty.
The battle to lift the ban on interstate shipments of state-inspected meat and poultry is almost over.