Farming and Your Freedom

In an era when all of the progress made in soil and water conservation in the United States over the years is threatened by the Budgeteers, it is instructive to note out in the world beyond our shores, “conservation plus agriculture equals true food security.” That’s according to an article in the National Geographic Magazine. [...]

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Drought in the Upper Midwest rumbles in the background this late fall, and proof of the danger it provides can be found in the writings of Jeff Caldwell in Agriculture.com, this past week. The lead of Caldwell’s main drought story stated: “Old Man River may be next casualty of the drought of 2012.” Of course, [...]

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By Peter Graham, Guest Columnist A lot of folks believe that, over time, soaring corn prices will mitigate rising oil prices by putting the cost of corn-based ethanol at a level with fossil fuels. And, corn prices have been bolstered by continuing drought conditions in the Upper Midwest. However, Keith Bolin, president of the American [...]

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It has been a summer of drought, and it seems as if there is nothing forecast but drought ahead, so shouldn’t farmland values reflect that and begin trending downward? Perhaps not. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s AgLetter, in its Seventh District survey of agricultural bankers, indications are that the drought did slow [...]

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This is the windy season and not merely because it’s time for summer storms. The wind in question is political and it concerns wind energy and the fight over whether the wind energy industry should keep its subsidies from the federal government. Wind energy has become a big deal in both Iowa and Minnesota, with [...]

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U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said in his latest blog that, essentially, the Obama Administration has got farmers’ backs in this horrendous time of drought. According to Vilsack, the Administration moved, earlier this summer, to quickly open conservation programs for emergency haying and grazing, lowered the interest rate for emergency loans, and, he stated, worked [...]

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If you think politics played a big part in the Senate version of the 2012 Farm Bill, strap yourself in for the rambunctious House version to unfold. In fact, as the publication, The Hill, blogged, the Farm Bill will be Speaker John Boehner’s “next big headache.” The Hill said July 27, “The good news is [...]

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For many family farmers the emphasis is on family —family working at chores and actual farming, daily, from dawn ‘til dusk, to get those crops in and that livestock tended to. To do it, it takes manpower, but with the thin margins in modern farming it often takes family power —kids working on the farm [...]

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Mr. and Ms. Consumer, what do you know about the friendly, neighborhood farmer who brought you your mixed veggies this week? Not much, I’d wager. The new U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) wants to change that. Out here in the breadbasket of the nation we all know our farmers and what they do for [...]

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