• John Vogel

    Wolff Is Needed In Washington

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     by John Vogel
     on July 30, 2009

    The Organic Consumers Association, Oregon’s Physicians for Social Responsibility and other activists groups are strenuously opposing Pennsylvania Ag Secretary Dennis Wolff as the nominee for USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety. I’d expect no less from groups that froth at the mouth about a lot of issues they have only a cosmetic understanding of.   Yes, I know Wolff. He’s a good, practical-minded man and a past Master Farmer who has admirably led the state Ag Department and the Northeast…

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    Economic Aftershocks To Shake Agriculture

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     by John Vogel
     on July 14, 2009

    At last week’s 25 x 25 forum, I asked a long-time Ag Department employee, “Still got a job?” Smiling, he gave me his crossed fingers “luck” sign. He’s one of the luckier ones.   That same day, workers at a county Soil and Water Conservation District office got the word that they were being layed off – at least temporarily. In Pennsylvania, each round of the state’s budgetary battle brought a new round of lay-offs and budget slashing at many levels.   All across America, I’m hearing of…

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    THIS is Our America!

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     by John Vogel
     on July 4, 2009

    Sometimes, we all need to slow down and just take in our awesome land. One of the greatest benefits of traveling the rural byways is catching glimpses of the real America – not the glitzy Hollywood stuff or political power broker shenanigans nor the babbling mouths that dominate television. This is the America I see on this fourth day of July 2009:   Red, white and blue wave from front porches, flag poles, street signs, memorial gardens . . ..   The sun brushes the landscape in hues of…

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