• John Vogel

    Chesapeake Bay Ag's Dirty Little Secret

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on April 23, 2012

     During a skull session at Penn State College of Ag Science’s recent Ag Council meeting, water quality and quantity was voted by ag industry participants as top priority issues for Extension educational outreach efforts. Then, thanks to Matt Ehrhart, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Pennsylvania office, the “dam” broke. Small-scale farmers – not the medium-sized or large-scale farmers – are largely the ones impeding progress in…

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  • John Vogel

    Communicating Ag Is Tough To Do

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on April 18, 2012

    At a luncheon on Monday in Washington, D.C., U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack reaffirmed to our North American Ag Journalists group that American agriculture is very under-appreciated. And he urged us to help communicate the true story – particularly to “under-appreciators”. Vilsack rightfully noted that American agriculture is the most abundant, prolific raw product provider to the world. We produce food, fiber and fuel, even chemical and pharmaceutical ingredients. We also…

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