Friday, June 24, 2016

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.

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.

It's been a tough spring. But there are things we can control that may make a difference, if only to your mental health (which is pretty important). I call them the "Beatitudes for Farmers."

John Winchell is a rock star. Well, not a head-banging musician or Mick Jagger-like rock star, but a dairy rock star. And he's got...
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