“If we aren’t agile, if we can’t innovate, somebody else will go to the dance in our shoes. The land grant system is a world solution; we should settle for nothing less than world domination.” — Dr. Bruce McPheron.
The Declaration of Independence was voted the most influential document in American history. Editor Susan Crowell says perhaps it is time we dig it out for a closer study, for to understand our roots may help get us back on track as a nation for tomorrow.
Count me in as one of the many who think New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to limit the container size of sodas is totally asinine.
The USDA is celebrating its 150th birthday, but farmers deserve some cake, too.
Domino’s Pizza shareholders took a stand against the HSUS’ tactics of pushing its vegan/vegetarian philosophy under the guise of animal welfare.
Nationally, mid-sized farms make up the largest share of ‘working farms.’ You’re not too big, but not too little. Goldilocks might say you’re just right.
Maybe the ag industry needs to listen more and talk less. Maybe we need to bring in more outsiders, and ask them, “what would a customer think about this?” We might have seen the pink slime push-back coming.
Dear farmer, those of us who don’t make a living from the good earth need you. And we need to feel connected to you because we rely so heavily on your work.
The 2008 survey and report, “Place Matters,” found a substantial majority of respondents in all rural regions would advise a teenager to leave for opportunities elsewhere. That’s a sad statement. We must find the vision and political will to reverse that reality. We must find a way to bring rural America back to life.
Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad narrated by Clint Eastwood reminds us that we — Americans — are gritty and resilient. We’re the wet-behind-the-ears upstarts still writing our young country’s first chapters. It also reminds us of what’s so great about this country: the freedom to fail and the freedom to reinvent and the freedom to change.
Humane Society of the United States? Still don’t trust ‘em!
If we don’t tell the public about agriculture, who will? You know who will. So are you ready to start talking yet?
“2012 will bring an added emphasis to a different kind of food celebrity — the farmer.”
Why do bad things happen to good people? And what are the rest of us supposed to do now?
This year’s Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year developed her ball skills in the hayloft of her family’s barn. And the farm work ethic helped build Pat Summitt’s eight NCAA championships with the Lady Vols of the University of Tennessee.
Purdue’s Otto Doering: “We have a tendency in the U.S. to socialize losses and privatize gains.” Don’t expect to see much of that in the next farm bill.
The gospel song All Good Gifts, from the Broadway musical Godspell, is one of my favorite songs at this time of the year. I think it’s because it marries the gratitude of the season with a grower’s perspective. Planting a seed each season is simply an act of faith. We can do everything we can […]
Your gut is a combination of your head and your heart. Your knowledge and your passion. Trust it.
The opportunity is there for the future of agriculture. Just open the refrigerator.
The future of food production will include a “mosaic of different farming systems,” as one agronomist recently put it. But the systems still have to be sustainable — and that means economically sustainable, too.