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Storm Brewing

As daylight faded, the growing, mid-August thunderstorm chased us eastward across the Kansas plains. In the rearview mirror, it looked like something out of the Wizard of Oz, a rolling mass of perfect fury. Finally, just as we parked under the covered driveway of chain hotel in Russell about 9 pm, the storm caught us […]

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Nature’s Calling; Anyone Listening?

Question: What came first, the chicken or the egg? Answer: Neither; both arrived after a qualified veterinarian declared their farm disease-free following a complete depopulation because of an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI. It’s no joke. On June 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced that […]

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Got Guts? Bet on TPP

Let’s go out on a small limb and make a big prediction: Not only will the U.S. Senate vote to give this president and the next one fast track trade authority, so too will the U.S. House of Representatives. Moreover, and since we’re already on the limb, here are two more predictions: First, both the […]

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American Exceptionalism–Except for What We Grow

In the chaos that surrounded Congress leaving Washington, D.C. for a flag-waving Memorial Day holiday, your House Ag Committee found time May 20 to vote to kill Country of Origin Labeling, or COOL, for beef, pork, and chicken sold in the U.S. If you carnivores out here are keeping score, the Ag Committee vote was […]

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The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

Two years ago, the 20th anniversary of this weekly effort came and went without notice by its founder, editor, and office cleaning crew. Two months later, that same person finally realized the oversight and, then, promptly forgot it. This mid-May, however, there is a first-ever—most likely, only-time-ever—reminder that 22 years have passed since three daily […]

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