Farming and Your Freedom

“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-Gammon, a Texas state climatologist, another year [...]

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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 “an [...]

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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. Department of Agriculture (USDA) notes [...]

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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) thinks that’s the [...]

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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 [...]

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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 spotlight of his famous Nebraska father for years [...]

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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 [...]

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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, if not all of us, can [...]

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Nothing is as permanent as change, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is finding that to be the case where its tried and true Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is concerned. The new sign-up for CRP ended April 6 and it faces a differing focus from the program initiated by the Reagan Administration some 25 [...]

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