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This is not your father’s farm bill

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Purdue’s Otto Doering: “We have a tendency in the U.S. to socialize losses and privatize gains.” Don’t expect to see much of that in the next farm bill.

A Thanksgiving reminder: There are doughnuts all around you

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The gospel song All Good Gifts, from the Broadway musical Godspell, is one of my favorite songs at this time of the year. I think it’s because it marries the gratitude of the season with a grower’s perspective. Planting a seed each season is simply an act of faith. We can do everything we can […]

Listen to your smart brain, but trust your gut

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Your gut is a combination of your head and your heart. Your knowledge and your passion. Trust it.

Future of ag is all about refrigerators

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The opportunity is there for the future of agriculture. Just open the refrigerator.

Urban farmers, welcome to our world

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The future of food production will include a “mosaic of different farming systems,” as one agronomist recently put it. But the systems still have to be sustainable — and that means economically sustainable, too.

Need Marcellus info? Ask Penn State

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Don’t get the “facts” on Marcellus Shale drilling from your neighbor. Trust, but verify.

The argument that won’t go away: Farm subsidies are making us fat

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I’m not buying the argument that farm subsidies are the major villain. If you want to oppose farm subsidies, that’s fine. Just don’t do it hiding behind an overweight person.

You want economic stability in your town? Think farms, small businesses

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It will take new ways of thinking to climb out of this current jobless hole. We should foster entrepreneurship, incentivize innovation, encourage education, and reward small businesses and the self-employed.

We’re all just irresponsible wimps

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Your mother and Uncle Sam can’t protect you all the time.

Every farmer should be a romantic

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Consumers want to be courted, romanced by your passion for agriculture. And they can only learn about that passion — they can only get to know you — if you are willing to share your story.

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