Friday, February 12, 2016

It’s hard, messy work to make U.S. farm and food policy. But last minute, quick decision on farm policy is not the answer.
Writing a letter

Letters, telephone calls, and emails from Maryland to Montana arrived daily to comment and question, debate and deflate.
Christmas tree

More than 40 Christmas Nights later, I have not forgotten two calves named Mary and Joseph and Howard’s priceless gift of simple giving.
New York City

If farming and ranching is really about food, then farmers and ranchers should be at the forefront of New Food, not in the lead ranks of the Old Guard.
mosquito

A powerful new gene-editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9 is big news in the animal and plant agriculture world.
DNA

Few sectors of the global economy are more hooked on gene modification technology than agriculture.
thanksgiving place setting

Forty years ago, 1975, a relatively mild central Illinois fall ended with a sledgehammer of a snowstorm the night before Thanksgiving. I remember it well because, as both a student and farmhand at the University of Illinois that year, I spent Thanksgiving Day milking Holsteins and pushing snow off the cow lots.
business graphic

Ag co-op giant, CHS Inc. says it needs to update bylaws to ensure locals “operate on a cooperative basis or be an organization primarily owned and controlled by a member cooperative."
marble globe on parched ground

Nations shift ag subsidies from direct farmer payments to indirect farm income guarantees, and two-thirds of all nations with crop insurance programs now subsidize its purchase.
molecular model

Depending on the group of people, science and facts can mean different things.
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