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2016 Farm Progress Issue
March 7, 2015
Brian Depew: Rural America is really complicated
There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980's farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York Times, fueled by demographics that show...
March 7, 2015 - 5:37am
February 28, 2015
Michael Lackey: President Obama and religion
There has been much discussion and considerable criticism of President Obama's decision not to call ISIS an Islamic terrorist organization. President Obama's position could be stated thus: Islam is a religion, and as such, it would never sanction the atrocities that ISIS members are...
February 28, 2015 - 5:07am
Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith: Border-to-border high-speed Internet is necessary
In 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act, which provided assistance to rural communities that lacked access to electrical lighting — replacing kerosene and wood stoves with alternating currents and wires. The Rural Utilities Administration would...
February 28, 2015 - 5:06am
February 21, 2015
John Crabtree: Study debunks meat labeling myths
Americans overwhelmingly support Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL). America's COOL law requires that retailers inform consumers about the country where beef, pork, lamb and certain other agricultural products were produced. In 2009 Canada and Mexico challenged COOL provisions...
February 21, 2015 - 5:51am
February 17, 2015
Rep. Jeff Backer: Productive first month of session at the Capitol
ST. PAUL — The first month of the 2015 Legislative Session is officially in the books and I am honored to serve as your representative...
February 17, 2015 - 12:18pm
February 7, 2015
Tammy Swift: Parents should 'just say no' to birthday party madness
The Interwebs has been abuzz of late with the story of a 5-year-old boy from the U.K. who was presented with a $24 invoice for missing a friend's birthday party. The soiree "scofflaw," Alex Nash, was apparently billed for declining to attend a friend's party, which included snowtubing,...
February 7, 2015 - 4:49am
Traci Bruckner: Money available for training beginning farmers and ranchers
The US Department of Agriculture announced more than $18 million in funding available to support training, mentoring, and development of beginning farmers and ranchers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. We helped create and advocate for this program in...
February 7, 2015 - 4:48am
January 31, 2015
Sen. Amy Klobuchar: A blueprint for success in 2015
In 2014, Minnesota's unemployment rate sank to its lowest level in more than a decade at 3.7 percent, state exports reached a record $5.5 billion...
January 31, 2015 - 5:23am
January 19, 2015
Sen. Torrey Westrom: Federal conformity, zero-based budgeting in first week of session
ST. PAUL — This week at the capitol has been busy as committee meetings pick up and more bills are heard on the Senate Floor. There are...
January 19, 2015 - 5:24am
January 17, 2015
Roger Moe and Mike Beard: Reliability and affordability should be priorities in our energy supply
A common misconception about electricity sources is that they are interchangeable and one works just as good as another. That's not the case. Coal-based electricity provides 24-7 power. Wind and solar are both intermittent. Coal-based electric generation sources cannot be removed...
January 17, 2015 - 5:04am
Traci Bruckner: Improvements needed for Conservation Stewardship Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public comments on recent changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The program, the most significant leap in conservation policy in a decade, was designed to reward top-notch conservation already on the ground, as well as...
January 17, 2015 - 5:00am
January 10, 2015
Laura Finley: Make commitments, not resolutions
It's 2015. People everywhere are making resolutions — lose weight, read more, quit smoking, etc. To resolve is the act of finding an answer or solution to a problem. Yet most of our resolutions are never achieved. According to Marti Hope Gonzales, Associate professor of psychology...
January 10, 2015 - 5:31am
Sue's Views: Buy local message isn't just for Christmas anymore
So, the credit cards bills from the holiday shopping are starting to arrive and maybe you didn’t stick to your budget as well as you thought. Let me ask you, how much of the total bill was spent in your hometown? Yeah, I know, I’m a little late with the “Shop Local”...
January 10, 2015 - 1:17am
January 3, 2015
Capitol Chatter: New approach seen for energy policy
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House energy focus may change in 2015. Rep. Pat Garofalo, who will lead a committee dealing with job growth and energy, said that energy programs the state launched in the past few years have cost plenty of money. He has a different approach. “I...
January 3, 2015 - 5:32am
December 27, 2014
John Crabtree: Congress takes family farmers and ranchers for a ride
What does Congress have against family farmers and ranchers? The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed last week included the full version of the so-called GIPSA rider passed earlier by the House of Representatives. A rider is a legislative provision attached to a larger spending bill. There...
December 27, 2014 - 5:44am