Family Farming

21st Century Challenges

May 26 2011

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U.S. agriculture exports in the first 6 months of this fiscal year have exploded to a new record – 75 billion dollars. That’s a 27% increase over last year. Now that’s something to…

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Ag Day

March 17 2011

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This past week was National “Ag-Week” and Tuesday was “Ag-Day” here in Washington, D.C. AgriPulse had a big event down at the Capitol where Kansas Senator Pat Roberts spoke, reminding…

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Agriculture Roller Coaster

October 14 2010

 

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Riding the agriculture economy roller coaster can be exciting, hopeful, and sometimes scary. Prices are up. Prices are down and then back up. The weather is completely out of our…

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Farming Transformed

August 12 2010

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Last week I was down on the farm in Illinois. I still can’t get out of my mind how different the farming business is today compared with when I was a little boy. At the same time, in…

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Family Farms

August 5 2010

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Here I am on the family farm in Illinois. The weather has been absolutely perfect. Hasn’t been that way most of the year. We still have yellow spots in our corn fields where it has been…

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Montana Horses

April 29 2010

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Last weekend, with our corn all planted in record time, I went out to Montana. My 16-year-old daughter and I went to a horse ranch – Montana Horses’ annual horse drive. Those…

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Spring Planting

April 22 2010

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What a difference a year makes. We’re all but finished planting our corn already. We didn’t finish last year until June. We didn’t finish harvest last year until Christmas. My father…

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Global Economy

November 26 2009

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I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. I know these aren’t the best of times here in the good ole USA, but everything is relative and compared to many other places in the world – I guess…

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Down on the Farm

November 5 2009

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I was on the farm last week. It is so exciting to drive that combine and watch that big machine, like magic, sort out the kernels of corn from the trash. That golden grain flowing out…

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Hans Block (1959-2009)

August 13 2009

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I’m back on the farm.

It wasn’t a visit of choice. On Friday, July 31, 2009, my son and farming partner for more than 20 years was killed in a traffic accident as he was returning home for…

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