People don’t want to hear from a faceless organization, they want to hear from people they know, or “ordinary” people like them. Farmers like you. Real people.
Editor Susan Crowell shares five observations on social media and agriculture from Ryan Goodman that are worth noting — and pondering.
What is it you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving? Family and friends, or saving a buck? Resist shopping on Thanksgiving.
“Baby Ben,” a calf born on a Pennsylvania dairy farm, has become the unofficial mascot of Pittsburgh Steelers fans everywhere.
Editor Susan Crowell urges readers to see education as a public good. “Our future depends on how well we educate all of our children. As one education researcher put it, you ‘can run from public education, but you can’t hide from its consequences.’”
Every farm owner, every homeowner, every consumer, plays a role in water conservation and protection.
The year I started at Farm and Dairy — 1985 — Coca-Cola attempted to change its 99-year-old formula to attract younger drinkers. Anyone remember “New” Coke? Didn’t think so. Seventy-nine days after its vaunted introduction, the new formula was discontinued and the company reintroduced the original Coke, proving once again, “if it ain’t broke, don’t […]
An activist wants to use drones to take aerial photographs of “factory farms,” or as he puts it, “to expose what some corporations want to keep hidden.”
The science of food safety doesn’t support mandatory GMO or biotech food labels.
Ignorance, and misinformation, is very difficult to overcome, particularly with a general populace that is increasingly science-illiterate and a lack of public trust in research by both the government and universities.
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 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.
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.”
Current beef prices are unbelievable, and futures look promising.
Adolescents can be significantly influenced by factors in their homes, schools and communities. And 4-H participation can be a huge difference-maker.
Wisconsin court: “Manure in the hands of a dairy farmer is not a ‘waste’ product; it is a natural fertilizer.”
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.
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).
Regifting? There are some things that you’ve received or used on the farm that are probably better left in the shed.
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.