Farming and Your Freedom
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 M...Read More
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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, ...Read More
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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 g...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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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...Read More
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“Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones” – old American folk song Producers in the Midwest this summer may not be groaning out the lyrics to “Dry Bones,” but they will be lamenting tough, drought-like conditions facing their now lush crops during the growing season. According to John Nielsen-...Read More
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You could make a case, some critics say, that the latest edition of the Farm Bill is oriented more toward the needs of Big (Farming) Business than those of the people. The trouble, National Public Radio’s (NPR) Scott Neuman was quoted as saying by The Los Angeles Times, is that the farm bill is ...Read More
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Small Business Week highlights those businesses that are the backbone of our economy, those “mom and pop” and larger businesses that are still below the Wall Street radar in our country. These businesses create most of the employment in the nation, thank you very much. To that end, the U.S. Depa...Read More
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Marketers know that perception is often the deciding factor in how people relate to a product. If the media reports a certain way about a product, and does it long and often, that product becomes that perception in the public mind — or so it seems. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) thin...Read More
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This could be the mother of all corn crops — or not. That’s how the 2012 planting looks to experts around the nation because farmers are planting more acres of corn in 2012 than they have in any year since the late 1930s, according to a report on National Public Radio (NPR), May 3. NPR [...]...Read More
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Some Buffetts are billionaires, some are Parrot Heads, and at least one is a farmer/philanthropist. The first is Warren Buffett, the second is country singer Jimmy Buffett, and the third is the unassuming son of Warren, Howard Buffett, Illinois corn and soybean farmer. Buffett has shunned the spotli...Read More
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Spring has sprung and farmers are chomping at the bit to get into their fields and put down crop 2012. As they do so, traffic will increase on rural roads and safe crossing of rural railroads will become problematic — when you are piloting machinery and are in a hurry. Last June at a rural [...]...Read More
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Ah, ‘tis spring — time for your local neighborhood bridge to cave in. One of the most silent, yet most calamitous events taking place all across rural America is the swift deterioration and lack of repair or replacement for the nation’s rural bridges and highway infrastructure. I’m sure many...Read More
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