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Country weddings, celebrations some of best of rural living

Recently I attended the wedding of a neighbor girl who grew up on a farm, and a local community boy. They were (well, still are) both superior athletes (she in high school and college volleyball and he in high school and as a lineman in an SEC football program), college educated and employed.

August 19, 2015 8:44 am(0)

Terrorist threats test individual courage, moral convictions

The world is vulnerable today in ways few people thought possible 40 years ago. People in developed countries like the U.S. may be all the more vulnerable because we are highly dependent on modern technology.

August 05, 2015 10:18 am(0)

Handling losses, particularly those caused by people

Everyone experiences a myriad of losses during a lifetime. Much of what I have learned about handling losses is from working with people professionally to help them through recovery.

July 21, 2015 2:59 pm(0)

Taking care of behavioral health is good business for farmers

Agriculture is essential to the survival of the world’s burgeoning population. While about half the populations of underdeveloped nations are farmers, less than 2 percent of the U.S. population and other highly developed nations are farmers.

July 08, 2015 1:25 pm(0)

Czech Republic demonstrates how freedom, capitalism benefit ag

On May 8, 1945, American military forces under the command of General George Patton freed southern Czechoslovakia from Nazi control during the latter part of WWII. The experiences of the Czech Republic over the past 100 years instruct today’s producers and consumers of agricultural goods abo…

June 23, 2015 4:12 pm(0)

Roles of the US government and others in conservation programs

The federal government has a long history of involvement in U.S. agriculture conservation programs, as well as other facets of production agriculture. Congress and various presidents, Republicans and Democrats, have had about equal say in the formation of the farmland conservation legislatio…

June 10, 2015 9:37 am(0)

Improving perceptions of farming is important to industry

How farmers care for their land and animals are opinion-laden and emotionally sensitive subjects for nearly all farmers. Their feelings are understandable.

May 12, 2015 2:51 pm(0)

2015 predictions uncertain; careful decision-making needed

The 2015 crop year offers fewer certainties for farming outcomes than most – but not all – years in recent history. Is past history a reliable predictor of this year?

April 29, 2015 11:35 am(0)

The verdict is in: Cats are the next best thing to dogs

After the recent Farm and Ranch Life column on farm dogs, several readers let me know they felt their favorite animals – cats – were neglected. Does this mean cat aficionados want equal time with dog aficionados?

April 15, 2015 11:05 am(0)

The whole world loves dogs, especially farmers

Few farm and ranch residents do not own a dog. My neighbors who raise livestock usually own one or more farm dogs.

April 01, 2015 2:48 pm(0)
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