What’s Inside This Red Barn?

GOODRIDGE, Minn. — All ag stories have value, but some are more fun than others to cover. My recent trip to Goodridge, Minn., was definitely enjoyable, despite the 21-below temperature and some nasty ground drifting. It gave me a chance to tour this red barn and visit with the Hanson family, which operates it. What’s…
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Trump And Ag Exports: What Will Happen?

Decide for yourself if Donald Trump’s election was a good thing. But as an ag journalist, I naturally wonder how agriculture, especially exports, will be affected. Exports are vital to U.S. ag — more than half of our wheat is exported, for example — so it’s fair, natural and necessary to ask whether his tough…
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The Dumbest Email I’ve Ever Received

The email, from a public relations agency I won’t identify, offered to arrange an interview with an “astro numerologist.” By assigning numbers to the planets — and then interpreting the numbers — the astro numerologist can provide all sorts of wonderful information to readers, the email said. Oh, just think of the possibilities! Maybe astro…
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If You Think Winter Is Bad For You …

Just got off the phone with a rancher/rancher who spent much of the morning moving snow. “I’ve been doing that a lot — we’ve already had about 50 inches this winter,” he told me. “Well, ranching is a great way of life. But right now, I’m glad I’m in a warm office,” I said. “Stay…
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On Days Like This I’m Glad I’m Not A Rancher

I grew up with cattle and once owned a few myself. Now and then, the idea of being a rancher, rather than an ag journalist, is tempting. Then I remember what we had to do after blizzards: Moved snow off the road to get close to the haystack. Then moved snow to get to the…
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