Editor: I would like to discuss some of the remarks made by Mr. Scott Shalaway. A while back he wrote in the Farm and Dairy that people should pen their cats up. Well the farmer’s barn cats roam at will and kill birds now and then but it keeps the mice and rats out of […]
Editor: The announcement by Rick Berman’s Center for Consumer Freedom that it had discovered 120 complaints made to the Federal Trade Commission concerning The Humane Society of the United States (Watchdog Group Calls on FTC to investigate the Humane Society, Feb. 15, 2012) is not so much news as a confirmation that, like the deceitful […]
Editor: After reading last week’s Farm and Dairy article about HSUS and Paul Shapiro, my curiosity got the best of me and I spent a couple hours on the Internet checking out its board of directors and came up with some interesting facts. To my amazement, there is not one of these 15 people who […]
Editor: Two years ago I moved onto a 65-acre Harrison County farm property. Since I am a forester, and not a farmer, I have depended heavily on Extension for educating me on such issues as beekeeping, raising chickens and keeping cattle. I have found that 40 years experience as a professional forester is of very […]
Editor: I have been a 34-year member of the Stark County Farm Bureau. I did not renew my membership for 2012 as I find I no longer have any common interests. My home has been on the market for 23 years. When it was put on the market originally, it was in pristine condition, having […]
I was disheartened to read of the public outcry in Carroll County over the closing of the FSA office. Given our country’s massive federal debt I can only applaud when cuts are made. The outcry in Carroll County is unjustifiable and unconscionable. Government offices do not exist to generate revenue in local communities. The are […]
Over the past few weeks, there has been discussion about a project in Tanzania involving AgriSol Energy. It is an exciting project meant to help Tanzanians implement modern, sustainable agricultural practices.
The government pays thousands of people to “help” the farmer. Just how do these government organizations help us farmers?
The United States government borrows trillions of dollars from China, which will some day need to be paid back by our children or grandchildren, with interest.
Editor: There is a plan to close the FSA office in Carroll County to help save money by consolidating offices. I am all for saving money, but they are starting at the wrong place. Carroll and Tuscarawas county FSA have shared a county executive director for more than 15 years as a cost saving effort. […]
On Dec. 28 a kind, thoughtful and wonderful person, or persons, performed an act of kindness and I want to thank them.
We can not keep slaughtering an excess of 100,000 horses every year and say this is a necessary evil to dispose of horses. We need to control the breeding of the horses to regain ground in price and value for the horse.
The “farm bill,” as quoted by Farm and Dairy editor Susan Crowell, is 75 percent not directed to the “farm.” May I venture to say that another 20 percent of that remains is welfare for bankers, lawyers, politicians and multinational corporations. That leaves less than 10 billion dollars to benefit farmers.
Editor: I am a local farmer. I’m a simple man and, like most farmers, I have a lot of common sense. Simplicity and common sense go hand in hand. In order for my farm to operate, I must make many logical decisions. If logic is not applied to my decision-making process, I suffer the consequences. […]
Farmers must never lose sight of the real power farmers have and that should be used in the marketplace. Market power, not government power, will bring lasting prosperity to America’s dairy farmers.
The following is a headline I read recently, “COOL is ruled WTO violation; NCBA agrees.” Are you kidding me? The all-knowing minds at the NCBA have fought a battle so all of us independent cattlemen and women have no way to distinguish our product.
Reader: If government interference and over regulation would be reduced, jobs would be created, private industry would prosper and more than sufficient tax revenue would be generated.
Do we have to wait for the governor to pass laws on how we raise and care for our birds and animals?
Editor: The recent in-depth economic analysis by Mark Stephenson of National Milk’s “Dairy Security Act,” which was introduced by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), brings to light several unintended consequences that will harm the future of the U.S. dairy industry. Stephenson’s analysis shows only a modest reduction in the volatility of milk prices, but a significant […]
Editor: Taxpayers on the hook for $3 billion to push small dairy farms out of business? The proposed cure is worse than the disease. The disease is farm milk price volatility and ongoing narrow to negative milk-to-feed margins that have crippled many dairy farm businesses. The proposed cure is the Dairy Security Act which was […]