Thursday, October 27, 2016

Farmers and ranchers will continue to loose on farm policy matters that affect consumers because the consumer is always right.
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Three weeks into calendar year 2016, however, key elements in China's economy -- its wildly speculative stock markets, less-than-transparent currency, sagging heavy industries -- have gone boom.
snowy spruce trees

January and cold weather has a slowing effect on us all.

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.

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

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.
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