Archive | December, 2009

Right Angles for the Last Wednesday of 2009

Right Angles for the Last Wednesday of 2009

For the most part, the year is already over. Any number of businesses and organizations have closed their doors for the long weekend, and I’m looking forward to three days of fun and frivolity myself… But, before we officially close the books on 2009, here are a few items on my reading list this afternoon: […]

Fido's Carbon Pawprint Makes My Point For Me

Fido’s Carbon Pawprint Makes My Point For Me

Big flap in the news this week over more “climate change” research; this time the “data” centers on the carbon footprint of man’s best friend. According to one headline, “Pets’ Carbon Footprint Worse than SUV’s.” I’ve often contended that the single biggest problem with the entire climate debate is the premise of the question. Climate […]

This Week's Column: Climate Change Not About Climate At All

This Week’s Column: Climate Change Not About Climate At All

Last week marked an important milestone in the debate over climate change, and specifically on the debate over how the concept will be legislated and regulated in the future. Two watershed events, namely the EPA’s “Endangerment Ruling” on greenhouse gases, and secondly the Copenhagen Climate Summit, portend significant challenges for American farmers as world leaders […]

Monday Morning Roundup

Monday Morning Roundup

Some articles that caught my eye this morning, and will add some food for thought to your plate: — The Problem with Health Care is Focus: …on “patient care” rather than “customer care.” Scott McKain, one of the foremost authorities on customer care and retention, continues his dissertation on the health care crisis in this […]

This Week's Column: A Lifetime of Service

This Week’s Column: A Lifetime of Service

Lindsay and I spend a few days last week in Cincinnati with members of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation at the organization’s Annual Meeting. The annual gathering of members, delegates, officers, and staffers serves a few functions, most critically the adoption of policies that guide the organization from one year to the next. Farm Bureau […]

Morning Roundup: NPR/Fox, No-Till and OLD Cheese

Morning Roundup: NPR/Fox, No-Till and OLD Cheese

Let’s start the day with some interesting links from around the interweb:     — Hook Family Releases AGED Cheddar: The Hook family of Wisconsin makes some of the best cheese in the world. One of the highlights of covering World Dairy Expo each October is sampling some of the local cheeses, and Hook’s various […]

The Excellence in Agriculture Award

The Excellence in Agriculture Award

Lindsay and I were honored and humbled last week at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Cincinnati as the group selected us to receive the Federation’s Excellence in Agriculture Award. Recognizing young agriculture professionals who are not full-time farmers, the Excellence in Ag Award program is a highlight of Farm Bureau’s recognition program […]

In the Interest of Full Disclosure...

In the Interest of Full Disclosure…

Lindsay and I have the opportunity to serve on a number of Boards, Committees, Advisory Panels, and Task Forces by the virtue of our roles in the agricultural community. Typically, these Boards have been for non-profit organizations that benefit all of agriculture, for example my service on the Ohio FFA Foundation Board of Trustees, or […]

Activist Outrage of the Day

Activist Outrage of the Day

“Save a Turkey, Stuff an Activist” – Bumper Sticker on Uncle John’s Pickup Truck     The radical activists doing outrageous things in the areas of environmental and animal rights extremism never cease to amaze me. What has currently flipped my wig, however, is an activist organization I discovered this week called “Breast Cancer Action.” […]