• John Vogel

    Waterkeeper's Pursuit Of Chesapeake Bay Farm Stirs Ag Support

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     by John Vogel
     on February 28, 2012

    On Friday and Saturday evenings a little over a week ago, I joined hundreds of farmers, agribusiness people, even legislators united to raise money for Alan and Kristin Hudson’s legal defense in a lawsuit that hopes to write Maryland clean water laws for the Chesapeake Bay by judicial precedent rather than by legislative process. It has been a long time since I’ve seen such an uprising from a normally accepting ag community. This young Maryland farm family from Berlin, Md., are the…

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    Eco-terrorists Incite Culture Of Farmer's Fear

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     by John Vogel
     on February 14, 2012

      Last July’s “Food for Thought” column was headlined: “America suffers ‘litigious pollution’.” It noted the growing legal legions employed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and others. These groups “have become so bold that they now pose a greater threat to America’s economy than armed terrorists. Because of this growing ‘sue-‘em’ society, even state…

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    Where To Place Your Farm Bets

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     by John Vogel
     on February 8, 2012

    Agriculture is an exceptional industry with many exceptional businesses and an even greater number of exceptional people. Yes, that’s a double affirmation. That’s why America’s farmers are world leaders in food productivity and in return on farm investment. Even before the current economic downswing (We’re not supposed to call it a recession anymore.), agriculture was one of the hottest places to reinvest farm revenues. And as you know, it has solidly withstood…

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