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Farmland documentary shows the truth: Farming is not easy

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Editor Susan Crowell wants you to go to the movies. (Actually, she wants you to take a carload to the movies.) What’s playing? ‘Farmland.’

OSHA backs off small farm target

Thursday, February 27, 2014

OSHA backed off its previous enforcement directive regarding on-farm grain storage, and emphasized that farms with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from OSHA inspection or enforcement activities.

Farm failures: We didn’t plan for it to happen…

Friday, February 14, 2014

Stephen Covey had a great quote that is worthy of every bulletin board: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Beef cattle prices are unbelievable

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Current beef prices are unbelievable, and futures look promising.

4-H can make a difference in child’s life

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Adolescents can be significantly influenced by factors in their homes, schools and communities. And 4-H participation can be a huge difference-maker.

Court: Manure is not a pollutant

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wisconsin court: “Manure in the hands of a dairy farmer is not a ‘waste’ product; it is a natural fertilizer.”

Pa. Farm Show ‘Today’s Agriculture’ exhibit exposes what really happens on farms today

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The words under the Today’s Agriculture logo are sage: “Opening the Doors: Farming, Knowledge, Trust.” Being transparent about what goes on in our barns goes a long way to earning consumers’ trust.

The Countryman’s Year: Old diary rekindles simple gratitude

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Finding words of wisdom in a 1936 journal: “Blessed is the man who can enjoy the small things, the common beauties: the little day-by-day events, sunshine on the fields… So many people who go afield for enjoyment leave it behind them at home.” –David Grayson (pen name for Ray Stannard Baker).

You might not want to regift these

Monday, December 23, 2013

Regifting? There are some things that you’ve received or used on the farm that are probably better left in the shed.

EPA needs science integrity, yes, but…

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The new EPA scientific integrity czar has spent a lifetime espousing the separation of politics and science-based policy. And she’s coming into an agency with what some would argue a predisposition for regulatory overreach and a politicization of the regulatory process.

Cheese diplomacy and desserts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Although I’m sure it’s been the source of family feuds, nothing brings people together like food. Cheese diplomacy and other dairy news tidbits.

Write Lois Alt a thank-you note

Friday, November 1, 2013

Court rules W.Va. poultry farm is exempt from the NPDES permit requirement of the Clean Water Act. And that’s good news for all livestock farmers.

Food Dialogues spectators as feisty a rivalry as OSU-Michigan (maybe)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Food is now prime-time. That’s right, food fanatics around the country have turned food into fodder for water cooler, as well as kitchen table, conversations.

Animal rights vandals hit butter cow at Iowa State Fair

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Vandals from the Iowans for Animal Liberation dowsed the Iowa State Fair’s butter cow with red paint symbolizing blood, and wrote “Freedom for All” on the glass display window.

Crowell on video junkies, ag research and county fairs

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Congressional appropriations to R&D of the National Institutes of Health totaled nearly $31 billion in fiscal year 2012. Ag research got a paltry $277 million.

Precautionary principle: By removing a risk, are we limiting finding solutions to the problem?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Editor Susan Crowell on the precautionary principle: Public perception of risk can certainly be different than a scientific assessment of risk, but I’m not sure my perhaps-ignorant perception should hamper scientific inquiry.

Commentary by Susan Crowell: What farm bill history do we want to repeat?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Editor Susan Crowell wonders if we’ve learned anything from past farm bill wrangling.

A House divided: Farm bill is fall guy

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Political or dysfunctional. Take your pick for describing the U.S. House of Representatives’ actions when the farm bill came up for a vote on the floor.

Teens DO look to you for guidance

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Every youth could benefit from hearing from you, and I can think of no greater lesson you could share than the passion you each bear for your own life’s work.

Commercial kitchens: Can we stir up new food processing in Ohio?

Monday, June 10, 2013

A commercial kitchen lets food entrepreneurs rent time in a licensed facility to develop and make their products. We need more in Ohio.

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