Thursday, January 23, 2020
agritourism no wifi connection

When it comes to limited rural broadband access, everyone has a story. That’s what we need to keep in mind with this discussion.
sheep in field

Farmers are told to share our stories, because the divide between people and where their food comes from is growing by the day. The internet is the quickest way to do that, because most of the people who need to hear our stories don’t live next door. But if we can’t get reliable access, how do we reach them?
surfer

Surfers are making wool surfboards. Why stop there? Plastic revolutionized society, but renewable, natural materials could lead the next wave.
sheep

The American sheep industry is at a crossroads. Those who grow lamb, in particular, have to adapt to changing times or be left behind. It’s a conundrum that should resonate with anyone in agriculture. People want to know where food comes from and how it came to be. That’s not going anywhere. We should care anyway, because we are stewards of one of the most important things on the planet: our food.
farmsteaders

Shaena Mallett, director, said they wanted to strike a balance. “… That’s something I wanted to be honest about with Farmsteaders — farming is beautiful and hard,” she said. “I wanted to share the perspective that hard isn’t bad, and in fact some of the most worthwhile endeavors we could possibly take on may also be the most difficult.” Agriculture seems to be the topic du jour these days — for politicians, entertainers and, well, everyone. That’s why Mallett’s storytelling struck me. It’s poignant without being pretentious.
bananas

Regardless of how the U.S.-China trade war shakes out, for good or bad for U.S. agriculture, trade relationships won’t be the same. Existing markets will fade away. New ones will emerge. Time will tell how viable they are. In the long run though, it’s up to you and me, not nations, to find solutions.
dairy summit perdue

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hails the 2018 Farm Bill and renewed dairy margin coverage program, calling it a "good time" to be in dairy, despite Pennsylvania dairy farmers' concerns that production costs far outweigh their portion of the profits.
social media networking

Editor-in-chief Rebecca Miller ponders how social media has impacted farmers and influenced the way they network — both positively and negatively.
nairobi

Editor-in-chief Rebecca Miller reflects on past trips to Kenya and how politics are handled there, pondering whether there's a parallel to U.S. politics.
sheep in a field

The connection we have to the land, to livestock and to the stewardship of it all is not something many people experience. And it shows. It seems that almost daily, I hear of new experiments to create food that eliminates the need for animal products. As much as we might like to post ironic memes about it on social media, or laugh it off, it’s here.