Planting Or Harvest: Which Do You Enjoy More?

Unless the weather turns uncooperative yet again, many Upper Midwest farmers will begin planting in earnest in the next week or so. Which raises this question: Is planting or harvest the better, more satisfying part of farming? Well, of course they’re both essential. They’re the alpha and omega, yin and yang, peanut butter and jelly…
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Of Monarchs And Ag Matriarchs

I couldn’t care less about the British Royal Family. Most Agweek readers don’t, either, I’m fairly sure. But I admire Queen Elizabeth, who celebrates her 92nd birthday on April 21. Her quiet dignity and devotion to duty are remarkable. She’s a trouper, a fading-into-obscurity word that means a reliable and uncomplaining person. When I think…
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A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed

I’ve received a fair amount of feedback on the column and news article that I wrote recently on farmer suicide. Though I’m dismayed that the issue of farmer suicide is in the news, I’m encouraged people are taking it seriously. The feedback includes an email from Andrew Jerome, communications director for the National Farmers Union.…
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A Day In D.C.: Long, Busy, Good

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Here in Washington, D.C. for the annual convention of the North American Agricultural Journalists. It’s a a few hours before midnight, very near the end of an eventful day. This morning and afternoon, we met with a wide range of top agricultural officials. Lots of good information, much of which I’ll use…
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Farm Consolidation? Not For These Aggies

Farm consolidation is a complicated, controversial topic. But here’s official confirmation of what many of us, including me, already thought: Beef cow-calf operations have seen very little consolidation over the past three decades. I sat in on a USDA webinar this week involving its new report that looked at farm consolidation over the past 30…
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