Archive | March, 2009

The Mission According to Wayne Himself

The Mission According to Wayne Himself

Lest there be any confusion about what the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is attempting to accomplish in their recent campaign in California and their announced attack on Ohio’s livestock farmers, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle spelled out the mission today on his blog:     We believe in the Three Rs — reducing […]

The War on Hard Work... And the Truth About Castrating Lambs

The War on Hard Work… And the Truth About Castrating Lambs

I saw the episode of Discovery’s Dirty Jobs where Mike visited a sheep ranch out West and learned to castrate lambs… the old fashioned way, so to speak. For those of you not familiar with the process, I’ll let Mike explain.     <object data=”http://www.youtube.com/v/r-udsIV4Hmc” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” wmode=”transparent” width=”425″ height=”350″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/r-udsIV4Hmc” /><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent” /></object> […]

Have You Considered Freemasonry?

Have You Considered Freemasonry?

As you know, one of the growing areas of our organization is video production. During our travels to events like Commodity Classic, the Farm Science Review, and the National FFA Convention Lindsay and I interview newsmakers for both the ABN Radio Network, and for BARN-TV on our website. These videos have been viewed by thousands […]

This Week's Column: Preparing For Battle

This Week’s Column: Preparing For Battle

Agriculture is in an interesting place today. Fresh of relatively historic highs in both grain prices and input costs in 2008, farmers are reeling in many cases from unprecedented volatility in the marketplace. Land prices and cash rents went up dramatically in 2008 in many areas of the country, and in conjunction with extremely high […]

The Week in Washington

The Week in Washington

ABN had quite a presence in our nation’s Capital this week, as both Gary Jackson and I were in town covering agricultural endeavors. Gary joined our friends from the Ohio Farmers’ Union on their trip to the National Farmers’ Union Annual Convention. The Convention rotates around from year to year, but it seems this was […]

FarmWorld Reader Disputes My Take on Beef Checkoff

FarmWorld Reader Disputes My Take on Beef Checkoff

A few weeks ago, my weekly column shared some thoughts on the Beef Industry as I saw it following the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Phoenix. Among other things, one of my recommendations was for the industry to back the Cattlemen’s Beef Board’s recommendation that we enhance the Beef Checkoff by, among other things, increasing […]

Ohio Corn Growers Support Higher Ethanol Blend Rate

Ohio Corn Growers Support Higher Ethanol Blend Rate

Today Growth Energy, the policy arm of POET Biorefining and their partners, called on Congress and the EPA to make changes in the nation’s renewable fuels policy that would move the “blend wall” of 10% ethanol in our unleaded gasoline supply. General Wesley Clark, the organization’s new spokesman, presented a waiver request at the National […]