• Josh Flint

    Welcome to the Midwest

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on September 28, 2010

    Last week, we saw the official end of summer. As the days begin to shorten and the temperatures fall, I rejoice. You see, this is the Midwest, and it’s glorious. Several days ago, I met someone who grew up in the Bahamas. This will be her first official winter. I jokingly said, “Good luck.” Yet, I could see a slight terror in her eyes. She told me how cold it was getting now (about 54 degrees F in the morning). I told her it’s going to get a lot worse. After giving…

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    Now Would Be a Great Time to Get Serious About Safety

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on September 20, 2010

    Today marks the beginning of Farm Safety Week. Folks love to recite statistics when it comes to safety. Seems to me there’s only one real statistic you need to worry about. Will you get a close call to wake you up, or will it be too late? My dad’s has always been a safe person in his work. Still, I remember an incident that ratcheted up his safety thinking. Up till then, he'd taken a "common sense" approach to safety.   One weekend about ten years…

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    The Hot New Crop with No Real World Application

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on September 13, 2010

    University of Illinois’ Emerson Nafziger has a quote he likes to repeat. I’m paraphrasing, but basically he says cellulosic ethanol has been 5 to 10 years away for the past 20 years. It’s definitely one of those “funny because it’s true” comments. While we’re waiting on cellulosic ethanol to be profitable, I’m getting really tired of reading every week about how wonderful miscanthus, switchgrass and other biomass crops are. If these crops were…

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    This Diet Stuff Is Getting Out of Hand

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on September 6, 2010

    Last week, I heard the outline for one of the most preposterous diets ever. It calls for eating like a caveman. That’s right, some sort of hunter/gatherer idea. Basically, it completely ignores the invention of agriculture. That crazy agriculture, I knew it was a fly-by-night fad. Anyhow, as I discussed this diet with the person, I tried to point out how impossible that would be. After all, this person didn’t exactly strike me as a hunter. It’s o.k., she said, cheating…

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