• John Vogel

    Blame Mother Nature?

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     by John Vogel
     on July 30, 2010

     Last week, I took a rare 10-day vacation trip, wandering close to 3,300 miles up to northern Minnesota to visit family and wet my fishing line. And like any true agriculturist, I eagle-eyed all the goings-on on farms along the trek through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and back. While many southern Mid-Atlantic farmers saw corn crops being burned up by dry heat, many of their Mid-West counterparts agonized over yet another deluge of rainfall. While…

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    Taking Your Vacation Time?

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     by John Vogel
     on July 16, 2010

      Next week, you should be receiving the August issue of American Agriculturist. Inside is a Profit Planners article about taking vacation time. The sidebar to that story reported our survey question that you may have answered. Only one in eight persons had taken a two-week vacation once in the last five years. If you’re farm-grown like me, you probably think you don’t need a lot of time off. But our panelists argue that we’d be wiser to take the time to explore new or…

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    Learn Or Let Someone Else Farm

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     by John Vogel
     on July 9, 2010

    During the last few weeks, I’ve been visiting young farmers and younger wanna-be farmers. I’m happy to report that there’s a rock-solid generation of better-educated young people becoming next-gen farmers. Of course, the upcoming generation will make mistakes. Didn’t you? But my almost 20 years involvement with Pennsylvania Farm Link has taught me that far too many older farmers still think they’ve got to die gripping the farm’s title in their gnarled…

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    Our 'Fifth of July' Challenge

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     by John Vogel
     on July 5, 2010

    Americans have had abundant reasons to celebrate the fourth of July – picnics and parties, spicy barbecues, sweet lemonades, cool ripe melons, red white and blue rocket flares, a long holiday weekend. But what were we really celebrating? Be honest now. Many have forgotten that we were supposed to be celebrating Independence Day, when our colonial forefathers broke free of rule by another nation. Very few know that 234 years of freedom has rarely been achieved – if ever! These…

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