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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Nature’s Engineers? Or Nature’s Despoilers?

I talked this past weekend with a rancher who was trapping beavers. Their dams have flooded some of the land he hays, taking away feed from his cattle. I like trees and I like cattle. In my personal experience, that leads — inevitably and unavoidably — to being none too fond of beavers. If I…
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Think He’s Right About GMOs?

I’m always preaching to Agweek readers about the importance of reading and listening to a wide range of views and opinion. And I try to practice what I preach. Recently, I came across a short article by a financial analyst on the future of GMO seed sales worldwide. His aim was evaluating whether sales will…
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Are You Game For Agweek’s Ag Acronym Quiz?

If you’re involved with modern agriculture, you know it’s riddled with acronyms, usually derived from government agencies or programs. As an ag journalist who routinely deals with ag acronyms, I can tell you from personal experience that there are countless of ’em, some pretty well known, others specialized and obscure. Here are six of the…
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