The "Factory Farm" Map

The “Factory Farm” Map

http://www.factoryfarmmap.org Chuck Zimmerman pointed me to an interesting activist site this morning. FactoryFarmMap.org is a site that maps state by state, county by county, what they consider to be the number of “top polluters;” i.e. large livestock operations. According to the site, the map is put together using a combination of USDA data and EPA […]

Farmer's Can't Run For Office

Farmer’s Can’t Run For Office

That’s the suggestion of one Ohio political blogger. Scott Pullins at the Pullins Report attempts to pooh-pooh the candidacy of my good friend Fred Dailey on the basis of Director Dailey’s receipt of federal Farm Bill dollars over the course of the last decade or so. Under this type of Environmental Working Group style thinking, […]

Rudy Gets Serious About Agriculture

Rudy Gets Serious About Agriculture

America’s Mayor wants farmers (at least in the critical caucus state of Iowa) to know he’s on our side. He’s commissioned Iowa State Senator Thurman Gaskill, a farmer, to chair both his “Iowa Farmers for Rudy” and co-chair the national “Agriculture for Rudy” committees. He’s the first I’ve read to establish such a constituency. Good […]

Where Do They Come Up With This Stuff?

Where Do They Come Up With This Stuff?

Brian at One Oar in the Water is hurling invective about agriculture again. This time, his straw-man boogey monster is the US importer. Chinese regulators have shuttered numerous food processors in the country for a whole host of major food safety issues and violations. Glad they’re finally doing something about this, sure. But Brian, amazingly […]

An Exchange of Viewpoints on Animal ID

An Exchange of Viewpoints on Animal ID

Brian at One Oar in the Water noticed a story we did this week on the National Animal Identification System and USDA’s partnership with FFA to educate high school ag ed students about the program. Brian had some comments that didn’t quite fit my interpretation of the situation – I would encourage you to read […]

The Ethanol Pushback

The Ethanol Pushback

http://www.coxandforkum.com/archives/001116.html So too much of a good thing IS possible. Or at lest, that is how it seems after digesting a buffet of anti-ethanol media lately. From Rush Limbaugh to John Stossel, pundits across the country are tarnishing the name long touted to be the big answer to imported oil. In the latest scathing editorial, […]

Veganism Kills

Veganism Kills

http://instapundit.com/archives2/005476.php Glenn weighs in on the affects of a vegan diet – namely the starvation of babies forced to abandon the protein sources most easily used by their growing bodies. He also points us to a fairly enlightened commentary at the – believe it or not – the New York Times by former vegan Nina […]

A Guest Editorial From Bob Boggs, Ohio Director of Agriculture

A Guest Editorial From Bob Boggs, Ohio Director of Agriculture

http://www.ohioagriculture.gov/eab Firewood Sparks Burning Issue: Buy Local, Burn Local to Protect Ohio’s Trees Firewood houses Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive pests threatening our natural resources A Guest Editorial by Bob Boggs, Ohio Director of Agriculture   Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and many Ohioans are preparing their camping checklist in anticipation of a […]

Agriculture News from Iraq

Agriculture News from Iraq

Paul McKellips is a USDA/Department of State communications specialist reporting from Iraq on the efforts to rebuild the Iraqi agriculture industry and just sent us this letter:   Hi everybody. I’m back for my third – and as my wife likes to remind me…final – deployment to Iraq. Things are much different now then they […]

OPENING STATEMENT OF SENATOR SHERROD BROWN FROM TODAY’S ...

OPENING STATEMENT OF SENATOR SHERROD BROWN FROM TODAY’S …

http://brown.senate.gov WASHINGTON – United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following opening statement from today’s Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on Challenges and Opportunities Facing American Agricultural Producers:   “As the first Senator from Ohio in nearly forty years to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am proud to represent Ohio’s […]