What’s Inside This Red Barn?

GOODRIDGE, Minn. — All ag stories have value, but some are more fun than others to cover. My recent trip to Goodridge, Minn., was definitely enjoyable, despite the 21-below temperature and some nasty ground drifting. It gave me a chance to tour this red barn and visit with the Hanson family, which operates it. What’s…
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Trump And Ag Exports: What Will Happen?

Decide for yourself if Donald Trump’s election was a good thing. But as an ag journalist, I naturally wonder how agriculture, especially exports, will be affected. Exports are vital to U.S. ag — more than half of our wheat is exported, for example — so it’s fair, natural and necessary to ask whether his tough…
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The Dumbest Email I’ve Ever Received

The email, from a public relations agency I won’t identify, offered to arrange an interview with an “astro numerologist.” By assigning numbers to the planets — and then interpreting the numbers — the astro numerologist can provide all sorts of wonderful information to readers, the email said. Oh, just think of the possibilities! Maybe astro…
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If You Think Winter Is Bad For You …

Just got off the phone with a rancher/rancher who spent much of the morning moving snow. “I’ve been doing that a lot — we’ve already had about 50 inches this winter,” he told me. “Well, ranching is a great way of life. But right now, I’m glad I’m in a warm office,” I said. “Stay…
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Our Lives, And 2016, Revolve Around Ag

Decades ago, one of my college professors said that students ultimately remember no more than one thing from any single class they take. Well, that’s one of three things I remember from his class. But his larger point is valid. Over time, the years run together and memories dwindle. Though 2016 was certainly eventful, most…
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