• Mindy Ward

    Blogging through the Beltway: DC Dialogue

    Show-Me Life

     by Mindy Ward
     on March 27, 2015

    It might not have been the Hollywood Red Carpet, but there was no lack of agriculture star power during this week's Missouri Farm Bureau Washington DC Legislative Trip. Farm Bureau members did not judged those who appeared before the group on clothing, but on commentary. There were times of tough talk and moments of lighthearted lines. Here are some of the highlights: Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the rank of Ambassador at the Office of the U.S. Trade…

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  • Mindy Ward

    Blogging through the Beltway: USDA People's Garden

    Show-Me Life

     by Mindy Ward
     on March 25, 2015

    As I walked by the USDA's office building in Washington D.C. across from the National Mall, I spotted a small greenhouse tunnel and raised garden beds. A small winding path darted off from the main sidewalk. I had to investigate. At the fork in the path was a small shed with dormant strawberry plants on the roof. Affixed to the front of the shed was a sign that read "People's Garden." This week I am traveling with members of the Missouri Farm Bureau on their annual…

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  • John Vogel

    VT dairy farms and governor must meet on 'Lake Champlain manure'

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on January 16, 2015

    For decades, American Agriculturist has extensively covered the ag pollution front, all the way from Canada's border with Vermont to the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. We've featured countless stories of dairy farm conservation and manure management, plus technologies to improve both. With all the help available from Soil and Water Conservation Districts and cost-share funds available, I'm still flabbergasted by the number of dairy farms still spreading manure on frozen ground and…

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  • Tom Bechman

    Tax Reform for Indiana Farmers is Long Overdue

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 29, 2014

    The new year could bring long-overdue property tax relief to farmers. If you have been charting your property tax bills on bare farmland over the past eight years, since property tax reform supposedly happened in Indiana, you know you've missed out on your share. Instead, property taxes on farmland have gone up 33% since 2007, when many homeowners saw real relief during the Daniels administration. If something isn't done, your taxes will go up more, not just next year but for the year…

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  • Josh Flint

    U.S. Should Strive for Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Cuba

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on December 19, 2014

    What a week in international relations! A strange film that I had no desire to see angered North Korea to the point of threatening terrorist action. But, the bigger story was President Obama’s announcement regarding Cuba. For decades we acted like this island nation, which is only 90 miles from Miami, didn’t exist. Soon, we’ll have a U.S. embassy in Havana. Everyone in the Corn Belt remembers 2012 for one of the worst droughts in history. I remember the drought. However…

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  • Don McCabe

    Nebraska agriculture is in good hands

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on July 22, 2014

    These are exciting times in agriculture technology and research. I'm fortunate to be an agricultural journalist who's been able to report on some of the recent-year advances in crop and livestock production. Nebraska, with its innovative farmers and ranchers and University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists and Extension educators throughout the state, is in the midst of many of these new ideas and technologies. I sense the excitement and energy of UNL specialists at field days I attend…

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  • Fran O

    Now is the Time to Pass Immigration Reform

    Badger View

     by Fran O'Leary
     on April 18, 2014

    Estimates vary, but roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants work in the United States along with an additional 4.5 million children who are U.S.-born citizens. Of these, an estimated 525,000 undocumented workers are employed in agriculture. In Wisconsin, many undocumented workers are employed on large dairy farms and in canning factories. The workers work long hours – often up to 60 hours per week, and are willing to work night shifts and weekends when few others prefer to…

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  • Don McCabe

    They Came, They Heard, But They Didn't Listen

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 2, 2014

    Perhaps it was the 60-day "short" legislative session loaded with controversial issues. Perhaps it was too much time allocated to the mountain lion hunting bill. Maybe it was the fatigue and weariness brought on by a cold winter. Whatever the reason, the 2014 Nebraska Legislature ignored rural Nebraska by failing to provide badly needed property tax relief. The paltry $25 million added to the state's property tax credit program only scratches the surface of alleviating the heavy…

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  • Mindy Ward

    Blogging Through Brazil

    Show-Me Life

     by Mindy Ward
     on March 21, 2014

    When I tell people that tomorrow I am headed to Brazil, the first thing they ask is “business or pleasure?” For an ag journalist exploring another country to see how farmers raise crops and cattle is never work; it is always pleasure. I will be traveling with a group of Midwestern farmers as part of Rabo AgriFinance Brazil Tour. Our first stop will be Sao Paulo to learn about agribusiness in the country. Then it is off for six days of plane and bus rides to visit farms in western…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Ag & Oil: Which Is Bigger In North Dakota?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 11, 2013

    Is ag or oil North Dakota’s biggest industry? It matters for a couple reasons. There are the bragging rights, of course. And the top industry will likely get more attention from lawmakers. Policies made now will affect the future the industry. Here’s the facts on the size of ag and oil, as reported recently by the Grand Forks Herald: In the 12 months ending July 30, the value of crude oil and natural gas produced in North Dakota totaled $24.9 billion, based on…

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