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Animal rightists, read no further

Thursday, August 7, 2008

We should be able to agree that animal welfare is in society’s best interest, and agriculture’s best interest.

Economy: ‘Positive, but subdued’

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Well, Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain, let’s hear it. Let’s hear your spiels for turning the U.S. economy around.

Unwanted horses: Who wouldn’t want Black Beauty?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

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 […]

Hats off to those dairymen in the trenches

Thursday, July 3, 2008

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 poised as Calculating Giant

Thursday, June 19, 2008

China is a Calculating Giant, assessing its options, positioning itself for continued dominance — particularly on the world food scene.

Triggering a new Green Revolution

Thursday, June 12, 2008

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 […]

Can agriculture save humanity?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

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.

Farm bill OKs state-inspected meat

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The battle to lift the ban on interstate shipments of state-inspected meat and poultry is almost over.

Make animal welfare your business

Thursday, May 15, 2008

In the 1980s, the one-hit-wonder band Rockwell rocked the charts with the song, [I Always Feel Like] Somebody’s Watching Me. Turns out the band was right.

What comes across the editor’s desk

Thursday, May 8, 2008

What you never read in the mainstream press.

Who will take the Pepsi challenge?

Thursday, May 1, 2008

What would happen in farms adopted PepsiCo’s strategy of “performance with purpose?”

There is a season for everything

Thursday, April 24, 2008

“I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you’re on it.” — Johnny Depp I had a strange dream the other night, right before I woke up, which is probably the only reason why I remember it. I usually don’t dream, or if I do, I don’t remember them, nor hold stock […]

Stop ‘captive supplies’ in farm bill

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Guest Commentary By George Chambers BILLINGS, Mont. — My parents, wife and I are the fifth- and sixth-generation owners of 27 Cattle Co., in Carrollton, Ga. Our young son will hopefully become the seventh. This is not inevitable. Unless we restore the opportunity for profitability in our cattle industry, our son will likely choose a […]

Food fight: Who’s to blame?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many headlines about farming and food prices. “Food crisis,” declares a Washington Post editorial. “Why are global food prices soaring?” asks the online magazine Slate. And “Grains gone wild” is the title of Paul Krugman’s April 7 opinion piece in the New York Times. At the same time, […]


Thursday, April 3, 2008

My first few years at Farm and Dairy, when I entered the building from the rear, I had to walk by two mammoth Linotype machines. As its name suggests, it was used to produce a solid “line of type”, and that’s how newspapers were created for generations until more modern typographic machines were built. My […]

Fiscal imperative: Oversight, insight and foresight

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Around Farm and Dairy, it pays to listen to Rilla Gruber

Will luck of Irish be with farm bill?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

What’s up with the farm bill? Why is it taking so long to finalize? Why is the president threatening to veto it?

OSU Extension loses a good one

Thursday, January 24, 2008

At last week’s retirement open house for Jefferson County Extension Director Ken Simeral, OSU Extension retiree Joe Pittman observed, “I’ve always said there are good agents, there are average agents and there are those who should be working someplace else.

Don’t just sit around this winter

Thursday, January 17, 2008

When I opened the computer file that holds the farm calendar of events we print each week, I glanced at the little numbers that tell me how long the file is in column-inch terms.

It can be a small world, after all

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Entrepreneur and author Seth Godin calls himself “an agent of change.” His books on marketing are as thought-provoking as their titles are entertaining: Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing out of Sync? is his most recent effort.


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