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    Why We Must Rein In Government Growth

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     by John Vogel
     on June 28, 2010

     Listen to America’s heartbeat. It’s running ever-faster and coupled with rising blood pressure. Why? The push for more regulations – at any cost – by the “House of Obama” has even cab drivers worried these days. While the lack fiscal responsibility on the part of environmentalists is understandable, the culpability of elected and selected federal leaders is simply mind-boggling. And the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy (put loosely) is the…

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    Do It Right, Dad!

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     by John Vogel
     on June 21, 2010

     Over Father’s Day weekend, I had the privilege of seeing the delightful aspects of being a father . . . and seeing the devastating after-effects of children disillusioned by lesser father role models. Being a successful father is even more challenging than being a successful farmer. When you fail, the emotional scars run much deeper in all the victims – the children and the father. I’ll give you two examples: One is my neighbor whose father walked out on his family…

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    Why We Love Spring, Early Summer

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     by John Vogel
     on June 15, 2010

    Hearkening back to my farming days, I still get rev’ed up when I see spring springing, and corn stretching skyward to embrace the sun. It’s as if farmers respond to photosynthesis ever as much as the corn plant does. The only difference is that we respond directly to the sunlight. Corn is a slower processor; it takes in the light during day and mobilizes it at night. Yesterday, while out roadside crop scouting, I was thinking about that the old adage: “Knee-high by the…

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    Answers To Dairy's Deepening Dilemma

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     by John Vogel
     on June 8, 2010

     This week, I began getting e-mails from dairy farmers beating the drum for a nationwide milk-dumping protest on July 4. Heart-breaking news of dairy farms selling out is everywhere. And person after person working in the dairy industry tell me “It’s going to get nasty this year.”  Then there’s the side you don’t hear reported. Not all dairy farmers are going broke. Those squeezing through tough milk market times are staying “under the radar&rdquo…

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    Get Out And Scout, Kemo Sabe!

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     by John Vogel
     on June 1, 2010

    This weekend, most of the Northeast’s corn and soybeans were out of the ground. In fact, the warm, humid weather has a lot of corn fields ready to start shooting skyward. While it’s invigorating to watch (and hear?) the corn grow, getting out there and observing what’s happening throughout the fields is hugely important. That’s because weeds and insects also rapidly develop with the warm weather. You are your best early warning system for trouble. And the sooner you…

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