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Food production = national security

Today as we celebrate our political independence from England, let us not forget what the early settlers had to accomplish immediately after setting foot on the shores of the new country they sought to inhabit. Without the ability to at first purchase, but shortly thereafter produce, the first settlers had to become skilled in agriculture.…

Yes, even you can milk a cow!

Worthless information abounds

If worthless information were a cash crop there would be no contest at who the top farmer in America would be. The U.S. Government. While I don’t want to disrespect the states and their rivers of unimportant information spread across the Internet, I must say that the Federal Government via the USDA takes the proverbial…

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Why are we still using food for fuel?

This troubles me as a consumer. It should trouble all consumers. That 20 ethanol plants are being idled because of a drought-induced shortage of corn ought to serve as a wake-up call for those involved in converting food into fuel. I’m more concerned about consumers like myself than I am the shuttering of these plants…

Ambivalence to and ignorance of American agriculture leads to government policies that encourage urban encroachment on prime agricultural farmland, such as the case in California's fertile Central Valley. © Todd Fitchette

Nurturing American agriculture

The American farmer needs more allies like the late Paul Harvey. As smart a marketing move as it was for Dodge to put together a commercial to stir the hearts, thoughts and comments of so many, I would encourage the automaker to not stop with the wonderful commercial it put together for the SuperBowl, or…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (center) spent a few moments with Illinois Future Farmers of America (FFA) before unveiling the new graphic to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of U.S. Department of Agriculture in the hometown of its founder President Abraham Lincoln. The event took place at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, IL, on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Agriculture’s future is here

During a brief conversation with an Ag journalist the other day the subject of marketing and over-production came up. As we talked we found ourselves agreeing that some of the commodity groups representing various products out there do an abysmally poor job of marketing and selling their ever-increasing supplies. Not so with almonds. Over the…

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Food for thought: what is too picky?

I heard a story the other day on the radio that made me think — again — about the food we buy and how picky we can sometimes be about it. The story as told by Amanda Carroll on KLOVE radio chronicled a single mother’s quest for Thanksgiving dinner. As the story goes, the woman…

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Do we have a Constitutional Republic?

Here’s a frightening thought for those involved in the sales of food in California. According to the website No on 37, “at least three major law firms, with offices in California and worldwide, are warning their grocer, food company, and farmer clients that if Prop 37 passes it will set off a flood of lawsuits…