• Josh Flint

    Drop the For-Hire Issue

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 25, 2011

    Enforce: (v.) to compel observance or obedience to. As an adjective, the term is enforceable, i.e. the law is enforceable. Apparently, lawmakers and regulatory agencies need a little education in this concept. In discussing transportation secretary Ray LaHood’s for-hire initiative, it appears the Department of Transportation forgot to ask the old “is this regulation/law enforceable” question. A new interpretation from the Federal DOT would require farmers to be…

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    What Drives Your Decision Making Process?

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 19, 2011

    Yesterday, I heard a story that is a great allegory to potentially poor decision making on the farm. There once was a young bride who decided to make her husband a pot roast for dinner. After trimming the meat, she cut the end off the roast and put it in the pan. As her husband watched her prepare dinner, he asked, “Why do you cut the end off before you put it in the pan?” Because mom always did, she replied. Thinking about it the next day, she called mom and asked her why she…

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    What’s This Crazy Talk About Fresh, Local Food Being Expensive?

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 12, 2011

    Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about how celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is disappointed in the Los Angeles school system for telling his “Food Revolution” show to hit the road. If you’re not familiar with it, “Food Revolution” is the show where Oliver rides into town and rips apart the local school food program. I watched part of a show from his first season. I turned the channel when he started throwing perfectly good red meat in the dumpster, while…

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    Fresh-Food Love Affair Indicates Paradigm Shift

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 8, 2011

    Throughout history, we’ve put a premium on the ability to harvest food and store it. Sometime in the mid-19th Century, canning began to catch on. For Europeans, canned food was a status symbol. Remember the first time you heard about the freeze-dried food astronauts were eating? A lot of folks still keep multiple freezers in the basement so they can stock up on good deals without fearing expiration before they get a chance to enjoy the savings. From the stocked freezer to the World…

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    The Organic Enthusiasts Are After Me

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 1, 2011

    When I wrote my April column (http://magissues.farmprogress.com/PRA/PF04Apr11/pra013.pdf), I had an inclination that the organic enthusiasts weren’t going to like it. Just a week after it hit mailboxes, I’ve received several letters telling me how wrong I am about organic production. The main theme seems to be that I’m a lackey of corporate ag who is simply reciting their dribble about how necessary chemicals are. For some reason, I thought the concept of working harder…

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