• Josh Flint

    I'll Have a News Report, Extra Objectivity, Hold the Spin Please

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on June 30, 2010

    Last week, you probably saw the news about Roundup Ready alfalfa. Most of the news releases that hit my inbox essentially said the Supreme Court had overturned the lower courts decision and further analysis was needed on USDA’s part to certify the product for commercial use. I say most of the releases, because one in particular came with a sub-head that stated “High Court Delivers Ruling That Leaves Ban on Planting of Roundup Ready Alfalfa in Place in First-Ever Case on a…

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  • Josh Flint

    It Seems Like Consumers Enjoy the Image of a Poor Farmer

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on June 22, 2010

    When was the last time a consumer asked if your farm was profitable? I'm sure you've been asked if you're a family farm, are you sustainable, do you use antibiotics, how do you protect the environment …. and the list goes on. But, when was the last time they cared about how you actually make enough money to continue through to next year? If they did ask, what answer would they want to hear? For some reason, I doubt they'd want to hear that you were making a lot of money. Let's be…

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  • Josh Flint

    Dad, Thank You For the Life Lessons

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on June 16, 2010

    With Father's Day coming up, I thought it would be fitting to remember a few of the sayings my dad taught me. I hope to pass these along to my son one of these days. 1. If it were easy, everyone would do it. My dad loved saying this when he was coaching my little league teams. Afraid to stand in front of a ground ball? He'd remind us, "If it was easy…" Even though it reminds me of the days of pitching machines, I find myself applying it to a lot of challenges throughout…

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  • Josh Flint

    Locally-Grown Farce

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on June 1, 2010

    Just like you, I get a lot of magazines each month. Many are free, some I pay for. Most all have some connection to rural Illinois. One I usually enjoy is Illinois Country Living, published by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. It typically features a smorgasbord of topics relating to Central Illinoisans. The May issue featured a cover story, called "Fresh off the Farm." Many of you are becoming increasingly alarmed at our government's bid to push local-grown food. The…

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