A Howl Of Protest From Farm Country

Agricultural groups are upset, angry and even outraged by the Trump administration’s proposal to cut $46.54 billion in federal government funding over the next 10 years. In contrast, critics of federal ag policy applaud many, if not most, of the cuts. Who’s right? Well, you’ll have to decide that for yourself. But it’s fair to…
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It’s The Most Secure Job In Modern Ag

The world will always need farmers. And it will always need people who sell ag equipment and inputs and who provide marketing and other expertise to farmers. (I’d like to think ag journalists will always be needed, too.) But the folks with the most secure job in modern ag, or so it seems to me,…
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A Shout-Out To The ‘Real’ North Dakota

BROCKET, N.D. — You’ve probably seen them: glossy photos and slick videos of the Badlands and trendy urban hotspots, all aimed at potential tourists and billed as the “real” North Dakota. (To the skeptics: North Dakota does have trendy urban hotspots. I don’t patronize them, but we do have some.) As a North Dakotan, I…
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This Ag Cliche Really Is True

“With today’s equipment, farmers can cover a lot of acres in a short time when the weather cooperates.” I’ve heard that line — or a close variation of it — hundreds of times through the year. I’ve said and written it myself many times, too. The line has been repeated so often that I sometimes…
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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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