Who Are The Hardest-working People In D.C.?

Washington, D.C. — I’m writing this in a hallway of a Congressional building on Capitol Hill. I’m here for the annual conference of North American Agricultural Journalists; other members and I have met with various ag leaders in Congress and the Obama administration. From what I’ve seen, the ag leaders work hard, racing from one…
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You Make The Call: Photo Or No Photo?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — So here’s the situation: About two dozen members of North American Agricultural Journalists have just wrapped up our meetings at the White House with several Obama administration ag and rural policy officials. The meetings were part of our group’s annual convention. As we’re getting ready to leave the White House grounds, the…
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Observations From D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — I’m sitting at the National Press Club in downtown Washington during a busy day at the annual conference of the North American Agricultural Journalists. We’ve visited with top ag leaders and learned more about the complex, fascinating world of agriculture. A few thoughts: — I chatted briefly with Richard Wilkins, president of…
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If You Want To Make A Crack About Politicians And Journalists, Here’s Your Chance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s Sunday morning, and I’m here in Washington, D.C., to attend the annual convention of the North American Agricultural Journalists, of which I have the privilege of being an officer. We have a national president and five regional vice presidents; I’m VP of the Midwest region, by far our largest in terms…
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Briefly Revisiting A Controversial Topic

In a recent column, I wrote about the controversial federal crop insurance program. Read the column here My take, to put it simply, is that the program, though flawed, is on balance a good thing. Since then, a number of readers have contacted me. Some said I was too easy on the program, some said…
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