• Josh Flint

    Consumers Still Think "Factory Farms" Are Evil

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 29, 2012

    The names of this blog have been changed to protect the innocent. Otherwise, this is an accurate portrayal of a series of true events. As I was donating blood last week, I noticed Ellen’s monologue poked fun at the recent pink slime reports. I cued up Tweetdeck and typed something to the effect of, “Do we really think Americans would eat less pink slime if it was labeled?” I went on to say there are multiple instances of reports “revealing” what’s in some…

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    Mourning the Loss of Maralee Johnson

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 23, 2012

    There are certain people in this world who have the rare ability to put a smile on your face, regardless of the situation. Maralee Johnson was one of them. Her leadership at the Illinois Beef Association made it feel less like an association and more like a family. This was fitting, since most Illinois cattlemen would probably agree it's less of a business endeavor and more of a family affair. One of my favorite days on the job was serving up "beef sundaes" at the Illinois Beef…

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    It's Time We Had a Reality T.V. Show About Farming

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 19, 2012

    Later this month, I’ll be descending into the wilderness for a survival weekend. Well, sort of. It’s more like a camping weekend, with a survival clinic. To prepare myself mentally for the rigors of eating termites and sleeping on the rocky Missouri ground, I’ve been watching the Discovery Channel’s vast lineup of survival shows. To my great dismay, apparently all is not as it seems. Famed British survivalist Bear Grylls’ Man vs. Wild show was recently…

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    Ag Needs a Celebrity Spokesperson

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 8, 2012

    Does ag need a celebrity spokesperson? Don’t laugh, I’m being serious here. A couple weeks ago, I was in Orlando at the National Ethanol Conference. The Renewable Fuels Association put on a terrific program. After one presentation, an audience member stood up and proposed that ethanol get a celebrity spokesperson so the general public can better understand the industry. There were a few chuckles, but I saw a number of heads nodding in agreement, mine included. She…

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