Saturday, December 5, 2020
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.

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.

I’ve seen the numbers. The rain is historic. But it’s not hard to see it with my own eyes, too. With each new rain drop that has fallen, the saturated ground has spit it back out in new ways.
rain falling

To succeed in farming, we all need to feel a little uncomfortable. To push ourselves to be better stewards of our land and livestock, and to be more efficient with our resources. To meet new people, and to get to know them. Don't settle for the single story. Let’s broaden our communities.
Susan Crowell Farm and Dairy Editor

After 34 years with Farm and Dairy, Editor Susan Crowell pens her final column.
rain falling

I hope these reporters who pulled on boots and tramped out to flooded corn and soybean fields will keep those contacts handy. Keep following this story. Because it may impact your box of cereal or the cost of your tires in the future.

As Editor Susan Crowell cleaned out files in her old office, she uncovered the many ways readers' words have touched us here at Farm and Dairy over the years.

I spent most of my life saying, vehemently, I wasn’t a dog person. That has changed, and I have livestock guardian dogs to thank. One, in particular, actually. His name is Houdini, and he was the first livestock guardian dog I trained.