Greetings! Congratulations to all the newly elected and re-elected county committee members. Their responsibilities begin immediately as the first official meeting this month will require the necessary tasks to organize the new committee. Most importance, they will nominate a committee advisor to speak on behalf of underrepresented groups. Currently, the committee consists of three to […]
When Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry and Fred Kirschenmann get together, conversation, laughter and ideas flow. Other than a closeness in age, the three appear to have little in common. Jackson is a Ph.D. plant breeder and founder, in 1976, of The Land Institute, a Salina, Kan., nonprofit dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to food’s uncertain […]
Through the years, I have occasionally strayed off the strictly educational or informative path in this column. It is happening again today… because late Saturday night we lost a heifer. Just three weeks ago, Steve came in and said one of the Holstein heifers in the prefresh pen was going into labor (it was, of […]
We wait with abated breath the results of USDA’s research to see if the trading of the last couple of months makes sense. Then, we anticipate the reaction to the reports.
You know what our problem is? “We’ve spent decades trying to distance ourselves from traditional notions of Work,” says Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe.
Farmers need to embrace their new/old role in the food chain, engage with eaters everywhere through outreach and education. We should “own” the food issue.
It will be interesting to see what the Great Lakes offer fishermen during the coming months. If last summer serves as a predictor, there will be good news and bad news depending on where, when, and what. For instance, walleye fishing in Lake Erie, the most productive of all the Great Lakes, has been on […]
It is that time of the year when we reflect on “Wow, where did 2010 go?” or begin to make resolutions or set goals for the new year. It is often said that the older you get, the faster time seems to pass. Each of us has 24 hours a day and seven days a […]
With age comes wisdom, but with wisdom comes the realization of concerns that never occur to a person during the bliss of youth. When my kids were little, I loved every minute of my time with them. I often wanted to freeze the moment, loving this particular age. I came to realize that every single […]
A Dec. 28, 2010, Wall Street Journal story laments the “near-halt” of pork belly trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Bellies were “once among the CME’s most-traded commodities,” but now “the pork belly is in danger of going belly-up.” Indeed, only six belly contracts traded in November 2010. Why? Two chief reasons, say experts cited […]