• Josh Flint

    We Deserve Fair, Unbiased News Coverage

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on May 25, 2011

    A couple months ago, I read a news article about Newsweek merging with “The Daily Beast” news website. As part of the merger, Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker, took the helm as editor in chief of both news outlets. The article was quite enthusiastic about Brown taking the helm, saying she would likely push the magazine back to its news roots. When I saw an offer for a free trial subscription, I excitedly signed up. Just two weeks in, my enthusiasm has faded…

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    I'm Tired of People Trying To Make Us Feel Ashamed For Growing Corn

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on May 18, 2011

    In the course of a week, I’ve heard the old “subsidies drive our corn planting decisions” argument on a two separate instances. I’m not buying it for several reasons. First, I’ve visited numerous Illinois farmers. And, they are darn good at growing corn. Rows are perfectly straight, there’s not a weed to be found and yields consistently top 200 bushels per acre. Next, have you checked a corn price lately? Today, the nearby futures price jumped over…

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    Farmers Market Reinforces My Thoughts on Mainstream Food Production

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on May 12, 2011

    Last week, the wife and I drove to St. Louis for the kickoff of one of the city’s many farmers markets. We have some friends who run a gourmet grilled cheese stand at the Tower Grove Park farmers markets. It’s called “The Big Cheese” if you’re interested. Anyhow, I love the sandwiches, but could do without all the “other” stuff. On the way over, I was grumbling about how folks are continually duped by buzzwords like organic and sustainable. My…

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  • Josh Flint

    Is Clean Water Worth the Hassle?

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on May 4, 2011

    Some months, I sit down to write articles and every word flows from the pen like magic. As Farm Futures executive editor Mike Wilson once put it, “Sometimes there are stories that just seem to write themselves.” This is not one of those months. For several days, I’ve been wading through pages of notes from about 10 sources on what needs to be done to reduce nutrient runoff and clean up Illinois’ water. It’s a complicated topic, and there’s a lot of…

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