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    Dec 22, 2014

    Trillion is the new terabyte

    NASA's prediction of 11 trillion gallons of water needed sounds like a computer pitch for terabytes of storage...More
  • Dec 15, 2014

    Agriculture must quickly throttle up its public relations

    We have all said and heard this phrase many times before – ‘Times have changed.’ As a child, the only television in the house was a 10-inch black and white set with 2-3 channels. Today, one digital TV can cover the entire wall of a medium-sized house. Yet all change to date has not been necessarily positive. Newer communications technology has provided a voice for groups determined to change the consumer’s view of our food supply – pushing the idea that only locally- and organically-grown food is healthy and sustainable....More
  • Dec 11, 2014

    It’s Christmas time – from a tree grower’s perspective

    Halleluiah, its Christmas time. The weather has cooled (too little or too much depending on where you live). In less snow-covered areas, fallen leaves on the ground create a distinctive nature-made ‘crunch’ sound when walked upon. For many folks, the yuletide season for many people turns to the Christmas tree. The popular song “Oh Christmas Tree” was written by German Ernhst Anschütz and published in 1824 – that’s almost 200 years ago....More
  • Nov 24, 2014

    Counting America's agricultural blessings

    America's agricultural blessings mean more than sustenance for a growing population...More
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    Nov 18, 2014

    School is for factual learning, not anti-GMO rhetoric

    As an agricultural journalist, I receive my fair share of e-mails and phone calls on the GMO (genetically-modified organism) issue – both pro and con. Yet a recent school news release lifted the anti-GMO movement to the next level of absurdity. The Minnesota Public Schools will take steps to reduce GMO content in food in school meals in five school districts - which combined dish up 56,700 school meals daily.   ...More
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