The ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour

The ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour

The 2010 ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour is officially underway!   I’m covering my seventh or eighth Tour this year, and I’m thrilled. This is my “working” vacation every summer, where I get away from the office and the ABN County Fair and Festival Tour Powered by Propane (and this year away from school, too!), and […]

The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

I realize I’m writing this a few days post facto, but it’s been a busy week, so indulge me. Lindsay and I were once again privileged to host the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. This marks the fourth year we’ve anchored the live television broadcast in partnership with the Ohio News Network. For us, […]

This Week’s Column: The Final Drive

This Week's Column: The Final Drive

Livestock shows are an abstract concept. I’ve been going to county, state and national agricultural expositions all my life, so I’d never given much thought to what an “outsider” might think upon seeing their first steer or heifer show. Last week, with the conclusion of the Ohio State Fair, I had reason to pause and […]

Social Media vs. Blogging

Social Media vs. Blogging

One of the great things about moving our studios to The Ohio State University a couple of years ago is the unprecedented access we have to the University, and likewise that friends and guests have to us. We’re often asked to host student groups like the Ohio Pork Youth Leadership Institute last month, and today […]

Right Angles for the First Monday of August

Right Angles for the First Monday of August

I’m sitting in class at The Ohio State University, chatting about social media in the overall scope of an integrated marketing plan. On the school front, I’ve officially challenged my first grade in Biology 102 (the class I wrote about in last week’s column) that I suspect may have been a little lower than earned […]

An Inconvenient Truth About Education

An Inconvenient Truth About Education

Some months ago, I shared that I’ve returned to The Ohio State University to complete my undergraduate studies. Two quarters into the process, I’m thoroughly enjoying myself, even as the extra work provides many new challenges in balancing my personal, professional, and now educational responsibilities. This summer quarter, far from reveling in a slower academic […]

Changing the Electoral College is About Disenfranchising Rural Voters

Changing the Electoral College is About Disenfranchising Rural Voters

Not every rural state is a “red state,” and vice-versa. Even so, there is a strong correlation between red state sensibilities and America’s Heartland; in other words, those rural states know as “fly-over country.” As Real Clear Politics reports, lefties are trying to alter the Electoral College to disenfranchise these very states.   To understand what […]

The End of British Democracy As We Know It?

The End of British Democracy As We Know It?

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann have a great piece over at TownHall on the downfall of British Parliamentary Democracy. Morris is one of my favorite pundits, and he and McGann’s take on this is spot on. Great Britain is fascinating to me; besides being our country’s ancestral progenitor, I’ve been watching the series Monarchy: The Royal Family […]

My Weekly Column: Kill the DISCLOSE Act

My Weekly Column: Kill the DISCLOSE Act

Editor’s Note: I wrote this column last week prior to the announcement of a compromise between HSUS and Ohio farm groups. More on that in this week’s column Thursday…   What do HSUS, labor unions, and the NRA have in common? If you said “not a whole lot,” you’re right on their principles, but wrong […]