• Paula Mohr

    Conservation And Tithing: Doing What Is Right

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on August 21, 2013

    A huge annual sporting event takes place northwest of Anoka, not far from my home, called Game Fair. At Game Fair, hosted by Armstrong Kennels—a hunter, a fisherman, a dog lover, a conservationist—can find just about anything that supports and encourages the sport. You could say it's sort of like Farmfest, as that has everything for farmers. The event also hosts educational sessions and panels. A few years ago, it featured a panel of gubernatorial candidates that…

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  • Paula Mohr

    Farmers Need To Be Seen More And Heard

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on August 14, 2013

    With Minnesota's agriculture sector providing more than 340,000 jobs for the state and creating $75 billion in economic activity, one would think that there would be plenty of news and feature stories for the general media to cover. One would think that thoughtful journalists would go beyond rewriting financial press releases or covering the latest water quality press conference. No, farmers attending Farmfest who listened to an eight-member media panel learned that agriculture…

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    Freedom To Farm, Freedom Of Speech

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on August 4, 2013

    Another anti-farm editorial appeared in the Star Tribune this week, penned by a columnist who cited opinion voiced by two vegetarians. The author held up "factory farming" as an example of the horror that animals face in his attempt to defend animal rights. Really? That is so 1990s. That's when livestock farms that survived the 1980s started to expand. They were building new facilities, managing new employees, adding more livestock and accumulating acreage…

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