• Paula Mohr

    Decadent Indulgence With New State Fair Foods

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     by Paula Mohr
     on June 28, 2013

    The annual list of new foods at the Minnesota State Fair was released the other day and like usual, I am already anticipating various stops and noshing my way across the fairgrounds. From Aug. 22 - Labor Day, Sept. 2, fair visitors will have the opportunity to sample 47 new foods at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Cheese curds, dairy shakes and Sweet Martha's Cookies are family favorites. So I will have to pace myself during the two or three visits I'll be making. Overall…

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    Are We Listening? Are We Farming Soviet-style?

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     by Paula Mohr
     on June 24, 2013

    It was a disappointing day for agriculture Thursday when the U.S. House of Representatives voted down the farm bill. All afternoon, I read emails from various farm organizations and lawmakers, bemoaning the fact that this happened and how horrible it was for U.S. agriculture. I also received a few statements from organizations on the other side of the issue. They were glad that the bill was defeated. Here are some snippets from those emails: -"The saying goes: you reap…

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    Making Time to Celebrate

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     by Paula Mohr
     on June 14, 2013

    We are at the beginning of a busy summer and the cool, wet weather has not been cooperating. We have one high school graduation and one wedding on our calendars. That's all. And I like to garden and have things done on time. That's the "farmer" in me. However, my planting window came and went about a month ago and I still have bare ground in the garden. It's going to stay that way unless I get some steeply discounted vegetable plants at a local nursery. And…

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    A Call To Action For All U.S. Food Consumers

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     by Paula Mohr
     on June 7, 2013

    As I returned home from a farm interview the other day, I happened to hear the National Press Club's lunch hour session on the radio with USDA secretary Tom Vilsack. The ag secretary talked about the "complex environmental challenges" that U.S. farmers face and how climate change is at the heart of them all. Whether you believe that premise or not, Vilsack made some solid points about the impacts seen thus far—winters not cold enough to kill pests, such as the pine…

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