• P.J. Griekspoor

    Organic Advocates Like to Point to White House Garden

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 28, 2010

    Less than 24 hours after listening to Assistant Chef Sam Kass repeatedly assert that the White House "kitchen garden" is in not organic and not intended to stand in support of the organic movement, I stood on the steps outside the U.S. Supreme Court and listened to Center for Food Safety Executive Director Andrew Kimbrell talk about how double-dealing it was of the Obama administration to insist on an "organic garden" for the First Family and still stand beside Monsanto in court and advocate…

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    White House Garden Is Lovely But Not Magic

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 26, 2010

    The North American Ag Journalists visited First Lady Michelle Obama's kitchen garden at the White House this morning and I have to admit it is a beautiful garden -- almost too beautiful. I say that because it is easy for people to think, looking at the lush beds of lettuce, chard, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and mustard greens leaping out of the earth, that gardening is easy. You turn the soil, plant the seed and harvest. Well, there is a lot in between. White House assistant chef…

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    It's Looking Like a Rainy Day in Washington

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 25, 2010

    OK, so I back in Washington and this time I could not resist the urge to reward my daughter for college graduation by bringing her family along. It's my grandkids' first trip and while Jax, who is only two, probably won't remember much except maybe the airplane ride which he thought was pretty cool, but Chloe and Alyssa, who are 9 and 7, are beyond excited. Their first choice of a place to see -- the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. And, Alyssa says she'd like to see Michelle Obama…

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    Have I Mentioned That I Hate Bermuda Grass?

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 14, 2010

    There are two kinds of people in this world. There are the people who want their grass to grow right up to the edge of the house and the fence -- and let's face even across the fence into their neighbor's yard if that keeps their side green -- and then there are us sensible people, who like our edges a little blurred. I am a flower bed/garden person. I like shape and form and color at the edges of my world. I even like a splash or two in the middle. Hence, my hatred of Bermuda grass, the…

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    Wind Finally Dies Down But It May Leave a Legacy for Wheat Growers

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 8, 2010

    The 30-mph winds that raged for the first three days of this week have finally died down to a gentle breeze, but they very well may have left an unwanted gift: rust spores from Texas. And this year that is big cause for concern, say scientists as Kansas State University because rust infection in Texas wheat is already severe. In addition, stripe rust has been detected on varieties known to be resistant to rust, leading researchers to be concerned about a new strain of the foliar disease…

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    It Has Stopped Snowing; Tornadoes Up Next

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 6, 2010

    Just when the air has finally warmed enough to get the wheat green and growing, the next threat emerges. Turbulent weather is in store for much of Kansas today, tonight and tomorrow. The National Weather Service has notified storm spotters they will probably be needed after 3 p.m. and the storms are likely to produce high winds, large hail and possibly tornadoes. Winds have been strong already for two days, with gusts hitting 40 mph off and on. The pitiful little tomato plants I put…

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    Humane Society of U.S. Gets a Downgrade

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 5, 2010

    The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom's effort to "watchdog the dog watchers" is getting noticed. The Humane Society of the United States and its global arm,  Humane Society International, were downgraded by Charity Navigator to a level below even that of the rabid animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The downgrade game after CCF took out full-page ads in the New York Times and USA Today to inform readers that HSUS gives less than one percent…

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