Archive | September, 2009

The Bayer Crop Science Global Press Conference

The Bayer Crop Science Global Press Conference

Today is the big event. I’m sitting in a Conference Room in the Bayer compound at Monnheim, Germany following the Bayer Global Press Conference. The Press Conference, an annual gathering of agricultural media from around the world, is something of a hybrid between an investor conference call and a football game pregame speech. Led by […]

The Latest In Brilliant Reporting from Time

The Latest In Brilliant Reporting from Time

Following their smear piece on American farmers earlier this month, Time magazine is now working to convince readers that exercise doesn’t actually lead to weight loss.     Let me repeat: Time magazine wants you to believe that exercise won’t help you lose weight.     I was so shocked when I read that hypothesis […]

Update on the Senate Ag Committee

Update on the Senate Ag Committee

As I noted yesterday morning, a shift was coming in the Senate Agriculture Committee, and as I suggested, Senator Blanche Lincoln would take the helm. Following yesterday’s announcement that Tom Harkin of Iowa would indeed succeed the late Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts as Chair of the Senate Health, Environment, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Lincoln was […]

A New Ag Chief in the Senate is Coming

A New Ag Chief in the Senate is Coming

FoxNews confirmed last night that Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa will succeed the late Senator Edward Kennedy as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The current Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Harkin will take the gavel from Interim Chair Chris Dodd, who elected earlier in the week to remain […]

More Food Elitists Blaming Farmers for Obesity

More Food Elitists Blaming Farmers for Obesity

In the most worn-out fallacy of the year, yet another food elitist has taken to blaming farmer for American’s burgeoning waistline. As I’ve documented here before, there is a small but vocal cabal of these radicals calling for the heads of mainstream farmers rather than embracing the individual responsibility of American consumers. Rather than calling […]

This Week's Column: Anti Agriculture Propaganda Hits Front Page

This Week’s Column: Anti Agriculture Propaganda Hits Front Page

A week ago Time magazine ran the most unbelievably one-sided travesty of journalism I’ve ever read. As a professional journalist and sometime pundit/commentator, I know the difference between reporting and editorial, and understand the critical importance of clearly identifying the two. As a writer, broadcaster, and business owner, my professional integrity and credibility are shaped […]

Wayne and the Truth About Food Animal Veterinarians

Wayne and the Truth About Food Animal Veterinarians

Consumer enemy numero uno, Wayne Pacelle of HSUS (in case you forgot, the radical animal anti-farming activist lobbying group) is none too happy with the American Veterinary Medical Association. AVMA, you see, has its own opinions about the well-being of animals on the farm, and they don’t happen to line up with the activists’ ideological […]