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    Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on February 22, 2013

    Democrats have been calling for immigration reform in the U.S. for years. Until recently, Republicans opposed immigration reform. Mitt Romney ran for president in November calling for the 11 million Hispanic immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to "self deport." Since the election, which saw 71% of Hispanics vote for President Obama, a number of Republican politicians have begun calling for immigration reform. I suspect the Republicans are seeing the writing on the wall that…

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    Both U.S. Meat Production And Consumption Are Declining

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on February 8, 2013

    High feed prices in 2012 and 2013 have caused many Wisconsin beef producers to cut back or liquidate their herds and get out of the beef business. Ditto for farmers who raise Holstein steers. Many are finding the price of feed is just too expensive for those who have to buy it, and an increasing number of those who grow their own corn are thinking it may be more profitable to sell the corn rather than feed it to steers. This trend didn't just start because of the drought. It goes…

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    A Life Well Lived

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on February 4, 2013

    On Jan. 31, I attended the funeral for a longtime friend Roger O'Leary Rebout, who also happens to be my husband's first cousin. I met Roger in 1979 before I knew my husband. Roger was already a successful farmer by then. During my 34-year career in journalism, Roger became one of my top news sources. If I needed his reaction to a new farm bill or I wanted to find out how crops were faring in his part of the state during a drought, or I wanted to know his thoughts on historically…

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