In Praise Of Farmer Hotdish

I visited an ag business recently where the hard-working employees — too busy to leave for a noon meal — had brought food from home. The main dish was immediately recognizable to me, as it should be to any self-respecting Upper Midwest aggie: the combination of macaroni, hamburger and tomatoes (and more) often known as…
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Worries About Our Ag Secretary’s Name

I’ve written about Sonny Perdue, confirmed and installed a week ago as U.S. Agriculture Secretary, quite a few times in new stories and social media posts. Every single time, I’ve worried about misspelling his last name or giving his first name incorrectly. So far, to the best of my knowledge, I haven’t, even on some…
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Any Advice For Young People Considering An Ag Career?

Like many Agweek readers, I’m often amazed by the technological advancements in modern agriculture. They never end, and often seem to be building on themselves. But even more amazing, at least to me, is the incredible — and I don’t use the word lightly — job opportunities that modern ag offers to college ag students.…
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Another Reminder That Ag Can Be Hard

I’m a farm kid, and my life, both personally and professionally, revolves around agriculture. So I know that farming and ranching require time, effort and emotional and financial investment that often sees scant returns. A very small, albeit painful, example of that: Two years ago, I carefully prepared a small patch of land on my…
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Thank Goodness, We’re Not Hearing Much From These Guys

Like many Upper Midwest aggies, I’ve spent a lot of time through the years checking the U.S. Drought Monitor. The weekly map is produced through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In dry years, other…
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