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A pro football coach once was asked during a difficult season whether his team still had a chance to make the playoffs. In an incredulous voice, he responded, "Playoffs? Don't talk about playoffs! You kidding me? Playoffs?" Some farmers and ranchers probably feel the same way when they're asked whether they will be profitable this year: "Profit? Don't talk about profit! You kidding me? Profit?" That response would be understandable. Poor weather or low prices, or both, give them little, if any, chance of finishing in the black this year.
Deer hunting is important to many residents of the Upper Midwest.. Sadly, farmers/ranchers and hunters sometimes have differences.
There was a time when a strong constitution was the most important attribute for farmers and ranchers. Hard physical labor -- and lots of it -- dominated their occupation. No more. Yeah, there's still physical labor involved, but brains are vastly more important than brawn in modern agriculture. I'll be looking in a future column at the skills, abilities and attributes that modern farmers need to succeed. I'm pretty sure I know what they are -- but, hey, I'm definitely fallible and maybe I've missed one or two.
PITTSBURGH -- I'm here in downtown Pittsburgh at the annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists, which has about 1,500 members nationwide. (I'm not one of them.) I received a fellowship to attend, at least in part because this year's conference has a strong ag component and I'm national vice president of North American Agricultural Journalists, the professional group for U.S and Canadian ag journalists. Though I just got here, I've already met pleasant, enthusiastic journalists from Washington state and Los Angeles.
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Even with droughts and blizzards, the Upper Midwest is a great place to live. But the accursed ticks are a a trial and tribulation.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Farm group leaders were predictably pleased Tuesday, June 27, with the announcement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed an official proposal to withdraw the controversial Waters of the United States rule. "This is good news. There has just been so much uncertainty for growers," said Theresia Gillie, a Hallock, Minn., farmer and president of her state Soybean Growers Association.
It's farm bill time again -- and U.S. peanut farmers have a web site promoting the provisions they support.
Working at Agweek, and covering agriculture, always offers new things to learn and see -- including this plant.
There's a connection between our age and he words and phrases we use. That's true in agriculture, too.