• John Vogel

    Behind Every Master Farmer . . .

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     by John Vogel
     on March 31, 2010

    Early this week, American Agriculturist‘s 2010 “crop” of Mid-Atlantic Master Farmers was honored at the 77th annual awards luncheon in Harrisburg, Pa. Watching each recipient accept their award, my thoughts flashed back over the last 25 years of outstanding persons attaining the honor achieved by only 0.9% of farmers.   Every single one (both men and women) has recognized the importance of their significant others – wife, husband, brothers, sisters, children, and, this year…

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    Beware of the Perils of Passion

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     by John Vogel
     on March 21, 2010

      This may not be about what you think it’s about. (This Web site is an agricultural one, and fairly conservative of thought.) But read on.   With the rapid escalation of “Spring Fever”, young men’s fancy turns to mud racing and older men’s fixate on planting. The passion of this season, the farmer’s zeal, the push to see new crop push up is not unlike flipping on a lightning-speed browser or downing a quart of Red Bull. The mental rush of spring and its intoxicating fuel…

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    Do-gooders Blind To Economic Reality - Part 1

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     by John Vogel
     on March 12, 2010

    Far too many well-heeled environmentalists, advocates for the poor and, yes, politicians must think that money grows on trees at the farm. They must also think food grows in mega-boxes the likes of WalMart, Whole Foods and Wegmans.   That’s the only explanation for the mindless push for tougher farm labor laws in New York State and still more oppressive enforcement efforts in the Chesapeake Bay clean up. This is happening while most American’s are struggling to keep their businesses afloat or…

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    Do-gooders Blind To Economic Reality - Part 2

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     by John Vogel
     on March 12, 2010

    Well-heeled social advocates for the poor, and the politicians they elect, are increasingly disconnected from what really drives American capitalism, generates revenue for taxes and creates jobs – money or to be more specific, profit margins. And it threatens the very livelihood of farmers, landowners and even their employees.   In part one, I offered a national case in point. Here, we’ll explore the same contentious, control-at-any-cost mentality working against agriculture in New York…

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    Gas Leasing Still 'Hot' Topic

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     by John Vogel
     on March 3, 2010

    While a snowstorm slowed things down in central New York, it didn’t deter a lot of people from coming to the natural gas mini-seminar at the New York Farm Show.   While the main speakers were snow-bound in Ithaca, plenty of landowners showed up and shared their experiences of what’s going on in New York and Pennsylvania. And much is going on.   Land men are still trying to steal gas, oil and mineral rights. Gas drillers are causing water quality and improper chemical waste handling problems…

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