• John Vogel

    Hey, Ag Student! Here's How To Snag A Top Ag Job

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on November 27, 2013

    A while back, I blogged about young people excited about food production and agricultural careers. (See Insiders_secrets.) They were right to be excited. While many industries have scaled back jobs, U.S. agriculture grew and prospered right through the Great Recession. It's still a booming industry. No, not everyone will go back to the family farm after finishing school. But today's agriculture is far larger than the family farm. I'm an expert, of sort. I rode that road. While I…

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    Mad As 'H' Over FDA's Food Safety Act Overreach!

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on November 6, 2013

    I intended to continue on last week's theme about agriculture's huge career potential for young people. That was until I read excerpts from the latest proposed regulations of FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act. Reading most of the original FDA FSMA law, I discovered scant references to what farmers could and couldn't do to raise food crops. Initially, we were placated by wordage that smaller scale producers of fresh market foods would be exempted. Then came pages and pages of…

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