• John Vogel

    Corbett's Cuts In Ag And Education Totally Unnecessary

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     by John Vogel
     on March 21, 2011

    Corbett's Cuts Totally Unnecessary Natural gas severance tax would largely absolve Pennsylvania's budget pains  This week, most of you will receive April’s American Agriculturist issue. My “Food for Thought” column raises the question: Who ill-advised Pennsylvania's guv? The question centered around Governor Tom Corbett's proposed 2011-12 budget cuts and his opposition to raising revenues via a natural gas severance tax on energy companies tapping the state's natural…

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    Where's The Beef, And Why

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     by John Vogel
     on March 10, 2011

    In his soon-to-arrive April "Stock Notes" column, Harold Harpster nailed the reason why the U.S. beef herd isn't growing. You'd think with sky-high beef prices that spring-born calves would be popping out in record numbers. But they aren't. "Many aging cow-calf owners just aren't interested in expansion at this point in their lives," says Harpster. Why bring on the added work of more cows, then larger supplies and the inevitable price decline?" Harold just might identify with that group. He's…

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