If You Like Ag, Science And Space Exploration, You’ll Love This Story

If you’re an Agweek reader, you definitely enjoy agriculture. And most likely you value science, too. I have no idea how many of you support space exploration, as I do, but I’m certainly not the only aggie who does. So some of you will like reading about work at the International Potato Center in Lima,…
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Water Or Oil: Which Will We Run Out Of First?

Like me, you probably missed World Water Day on March 22. It was brought to my attention today, the 23nd. There’s an awful lot of things Americans disagree on: climate change and GMOs, among many others. But surely all rational Americans can agree that a reliable supply water — for our homes, our factories and…
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Are Today’s Farmers ‘Better’ Than Ever?

Overheard at a farm show: First semi-retired farmer: “These big yields they’re getting today are just incredible. Is it because the farmers are smarter than we were or because they have better tools?” Second semi-retired farmer: “I’d have been a whole lot smarter — and had a lot better yields — if I’d had all…
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To Me, Every Day Is National Ag Day

I’ve never been interested in celebrating — and usually ignore altogether — the plethora of days, weeks and months designated to honor a particular product, occupation or economic sector. To me, and this is simply my opinion, they’re artificial and have become so commonplace that they lack meaning. That includes National Ag Day, March 21.…
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Ag Loses One Of Its Good Guys

Jim Stordahl (standing to the right in the photo above) was easy to like and respect. I visited with the veteran northwest Minnesota dairy farmer and extension agent a number of times by email and on the phone — and always received good, useful advice and suggestions — before deciding, “Hey, he’d make a really…
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