Monday, August 29, 2016

This year's Sports Illustrated's Sportswoman of the Year developed her ball skills in the hayloft of her family's barn. And the farm work ethic helped build Pat Summitt's eight NCAA championships with the Lady Vols of the University of Tennessee.

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.

The gospel song All Good Gifts, from the Broadway musical Godspell, is one of my favorite songs at this time of the year. I...

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

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

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.

Don't get the "facts" on Marcellus Shale drilling from your neighbor. Trust, but verify.

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.

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.

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