‘Wheat. So What?’

“Wheat. So what?” That’s what an irritated Capt. Kirk — who was looking at some grain — said to a self-important, semi-competent bureaucrat in the classic Star Trek episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles.” I thought of that line when I recently visited the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers offices in Red Lake Falls, Minn. (The…
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Have You Ever Eaten Lamb?

I just wrote a short story, which will be in the May 7 print issue of Agweek, about a new report that finds U.S. consumers are eating more lamb meat. That’s good but not surprising news for Upper Midwest sheep producers. More Americans want to try new and different foods, and lamb meat is one…
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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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