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Sensible Solutions Needed for… By: 08/19/2014 @ 9:15am

On Saturday, August 2, 2014, a toxin, microcystin, was found at the municipal water treatment plant in Toledo, Ohio. That discovery plunged a city of 500,000 people into a tap…

Contentment By: 06/24/2014 @ 7:27am

Two days of contentment.That’s what the farmers in our area have had this year - about two days of contentment.That’s not as bad as it sounds . . . I remember a decade when I…

Farmers Market Memories By: 06/23/2014 @ 9:42am

After being told for several months that it’s on backorder, our warm weather has at last arrived. And in yet another illustration of “be careful what you wish for,” I have…

Listening By: 06/10/2014 @ 7:05am

Did you see the news story about the 89-year-old guy in England who wanted to attend the D-Day Memorial Services in Normandy?  The staff at the nursing home where he lived…

Start From Where We Are By: 05/20/2014 @ 7:30am

On the way home church on Sunday, we were having a conversation.It may have been more of a one-sided conversation than the usual definition of the word conversation.OK, I may have…

Farmland: New Documentary is… By: 05/12/2014 @ 9:52am

Massive storm clouds and severe weather alerts set the stage last night for the Ames, Iowa, premiere of Farmland. It was a fitting backdrop for the opening scene as David and Kris…

Spring 2014 By: 04/07/2014 @ 7:31am

I’m not going to write about another April snowstorm.It’s about tax time, and I’m not going to write about that either.Yesterday, I left the house around 5:00 a.m. and…

What National Ag Day Means to… By: 03/25/2014 @ 8:45am

National Ag Day is being celebrated today, and it is a poignant celebration for my family this year. Dad suffered a brain injury when he fell in his farm shop in Maryland in…

Greta By: 02/25/2014 @ 10:09am

We know a little girl named Greta - nice little girl, about 7.  She has severe epilepsy and has been having seizures since she was 5 months old – a lot of them. …

Early By: 02/17/2014 @ 7:53am

It was 6:32 a.m. and -11 degrees.  I was heading south on Hwy 75, between Clinton and Ortonville in western Minnesota.  As I came over a rise I saw a string of seven sets of…

OSHA wants large farms to… By: 02/03/2014 @ 12:51pm

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a proposed regulation that would require employers to submit their records of accidents and…

‘Take it to the farmer’ By: 02/03/2014 @ 12:36pm

Those were the last words from Norman Borlaug, a titan in agriculture. Ken Quinn works to make sure Borlaug’s legacy stands among our country’s greatest.Quinn says he grew up…

Pete By: 02/03/2014 @ 8:53am

The proudest line in my resume is, “One of my books is in Pete Seeger’s bathroom.”I don’t actually remember which book it was, but when the publisher sent me about 50…

Untangling red tape By: 12/17/2013 @ 12:47pm

In New York State, dairy farms are preparing for unannounced inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2014. In Washington, D.C., Farm Bureau…

Nearly 30 years of successful… By: 12/17/2013 @ 12:19pm

Saying good-bye to Successful Farming after nearly 30 years here is making me reach deep into my heart to see if there’s something to say that might interest others. Quickly…

Short-dated options get hot By: 11/06/2013 @ 10:20am

In the never-ending journey to create more confusion, futures exchanges across the globe have come up with a new product to enhance the customer risk hedging experience yet boost…

Time to skip a turn with… By: 11/05/2013 @ 7:25am

In the farmland market, are you planning your next move?If farming were a game that comes in a box, some Iowa fields would be the equivalent of Monopoly’s Boardwalk. Just this…

More voices needed By: 08/19/2013 @ 9:00am

Now that the farm bill debate is almost over -- either bogged down again in Congress or resurrected -- consider joining a commodity group if you haven’t yet. Why? Because the…

One thing is clear: Ag is By: 05/08/2013 @ 11:34am

It’s the season of graduations, caps and gowns, and diplomas.Judging by the growth in agriculture over the past few years, the sky is the limit for the Class of 2013, as…

Who owns your precision data? By: 04/05/2013 @ 9:33am

Data. It’s a four-letter word that holds a wealth of knowledge about your fields and machinery.“Growers need to realize their data is extremely valuable. The more years of…

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