• John Vogel

    Even A Tree Can Have A Shining Moment

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     by John Vogel
     on December 27, 2013

    At least once in your life, you’ve probably been struck by the awesome beauty of a simple tree. A couple weeks ago, my wife and I were stopped in our tracks by such a tree – naturally flocked by wintery white flakes. We in agriculture are blessed with many such moments for reveling in nature’s beauty. That’s one of the most awesome benefits of rural America – if we take the time. Yes, I know some of you may be groaning, especially after surviving two or three…

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    In Defense Of Being 'Born In A Barn'

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     by John Vogel
     on December 20, 2013

    Used to be, when somebody would hit you with the remark: "Were you born in a barn?!", you were supposed to be offended. Not me. No, I wasn't born in a barn – but not far from one. I'd turn it around and ask: "So what's your problem? Got something against being born in a barn?" Think about it. Most of the finest animals you and I have raised were born there. And, the most influential baby to come to the earth was laid in a manger – presumably in…

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    EPA's Chesapeake Bay 'Backstops' Would Kill Many Small Farms

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     by John Vogel
     on December 13, 2013

    Over the last few years, I've attended many farm meetings covering U.S. EPA's plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed tributaries. Those regulatory plans were always couched as friendly partnerships with state agencies, soil and water conservation districts, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. But if you cut through EPA's muddy techno-bureaucratic jargon, you'll discover that it's not only very unfriendly; It is hostile and threatening to all of…

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