• John Vogel

    Amercan Agriculture: Drought Edges Toward A Food Panic

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     by John Vogel
     on July 20, 2012

    Two thoughts struck me early Wednesday morning: America is steaming toward a food train wreck. And, American agriculture isn’t as invincible as we’d all like to believe. Our government doesn’t want to talk about it, and our well-fed consumers don’t want to think about it. But as much as I hate being a bad news bearer, being informed is the first step to being prepared. On Tuesday evening, a dairying friend from New York emailed me that their farm couldn’t find…

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    Is Farming Just A Business?

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     by John Vogel
     on July 13, 2012

    With intent to try to stay “with it” on Internet technologies, I’ve muddled my way into FaceBook and LinkIn, plus some chat rooms. And already, I’m suffering digital sensory overload! Two months ago, I joined a sustainable agriculture web group to broaden my understanding of this ag facet. The first question I saw was: “A student of mine contends agriculture is just another business. What say you?” Every day since then there’s been a flood of posts of…

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    Rural America, Truly Beautiful!

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on July 4, 2012

    As the song goes, “O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain . . ..” Even if you’re like me (can’t carry a tune in a bucket), we need to stop our labors once in a while to revel in where we are in God’s creation. Thanks to you, our readers, my farm business trips allow me to do just that. On Sunday morning, our class was singing “America, the beautiful.” And I was thinking back about my farm business trips during the last two…

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  • John Vogel

    Rural America, Truly Beautiful!

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on July 4, 2012

    As the song goes, “O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain . . ..” Even if you’re like me (can’t carry a tune in a bucket), we need to stop our labors once in a while to revel in where we are in God’s creation. Thanks to you, our readers, my farm business trips allow me to do just that. On Sunday morning, our class was singing “America, the beautiful.” And I was thinking back about my farm business trips during the last two weeks…

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