• Josh Flint

    I'm Off to Explore Cuban Agriculture

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 27, 2012

    I’m very close to being a full-fledged digital/social media addict. I check e-mail, Facebook and Twitter combined about 100 times a day. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I’ll be “detoxing” over the next five days. I’m travelling with the Illinois Farm Bureau to Cuba. Smartphones and the like will not work in this country. In many ways, it will be like turning back the clock to 1999. Either I’ll enjoy it, or I’ll suffer massive withdrawal…

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    Sometimes You Just Want To Know If It Will Work on Your Farm

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 25, 2012

    University research is a terrific thing. Great academic minds take the time to limit variables and replicate trials over numerous years and sites. Still, after years of testing, it may not answer your one burning question … will this work on my farm? For this reason, I love the format of Beck’s Hybrids’ Practical Farm Research program. Led by Jason Webster, this team, which also includes Clayton Stufflebeam and a slew of interns, is out to answer that one burning…

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    Sometimes You Just Want To Know If It Will Work on Your Farm

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on June 24, 2012

    University research is a terrific thing. Great academic minds take the time to limit variables and replicate trials over numerous years and sites. Still, after years of testing, it may not answer your one burning question … will this work on my farm? For this reason, I love the format of Beck's Hybrids' Practical Farm Research program. Led by Jason Webster, this team, which also includes Clayton Stufflebeam and a slew of interns, is out to answer that one burning question for their…

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    NYC Soda Cap Is Based on a Flawed Premise of Food Consumption

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 7, 2012

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bid to ban sugary drinks that contain more than 16 ounces hinges on a not-so-exact science – psychology. The ban assumes if New Yorkers can’t carry more than 16 ounces of an unhealthy drink around, they will consume less overall. By consuming less, they will lose weight. As a psychology minor, I’m in no way qualified to speak to the reasoning behind this bit of mental trickery. But I will. I’m reminded of a funny conversation from my…

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    Organic Segment Faces Huge Challenge: Economics

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 4, 2012

    Genius, revolutionary, innovative … no, I’m not describing myself. Rather, these are terms I’d use to describe Steve Jobs. Having read Tyler Cowen’s An Economist Gets Lunch, I’m even more impressed at Jobs’ accomplishments. Cowen points out numerous times that the customer drives a restaurant’s menu as much as the chef. If a menu is filled with deep-fried offerings in the middle of a health-conscious community, demand will likely suffer. Either the…

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