MARL Class VIII – Session 4 – Washington DC

The Capitol

Washington DC - MARL's National Trip I spent last week in Washington D.C. The MARL (Minnesota Ag Rural Leadership) Class VIII program includes a national trip and I can assure you there is no better place to visit than Washington D.C. Our historic nation's capitol provides many significant and memorable places to learn about our country's history, along with how our government works. Our MARL group spent six days in DC as our session 4. I offer my reflections: Day 1 - Travel, orientation and … [Continue]

Why We Use Individual Gestation Pens For Our Sows


What is the best way to house sows? Is it individual gestation pens? Is it group housing? For most people, sow housing raises a lot of questions. Let me start with saying, "There is NO perfect sow housing. None. Nada." When housing sows indoors, there are two options: Keep pigs in groups, or put them in individual gestation pens. The vast majority of pigs used for food are kept in groups. But pregnant sows are housed individually in gestation pens. Why? Because they behave … [Continue]

GMO Awareness Day

Corn Field

Recently, I saw a press release from Minneapolis Public Schools, sharing that five metro school districts (Hopkins, Minneapolis, Orono, Shakopee, and Westonka) held a “GMO … [Continue]

What is Your School Lunch Program Serving?


This past November, five Minnesota school districts held a GMO Awareness Day. The Minnesota schools are Hopkins, Minneapolis, Orono, Shakopee and Westonka. Unfortunately, the GMO … [Continue]

MARL Class VIII, Session 3 in St. Paul, The Capitol, MDA and the U of M


I love government . . . While I don't admit it often, I am fascinated on how our laws are made and changed. That doesn't mean I am not frustrated by what happens (or lack thereof) … [Continue]

Chipotle: There Is NO Pork Shortage!


It seems there is a pork shortage at Chipotle. Or at least that is what was announced today. According to Chipotle, one of their pork suppliers has violated their housing agreement … [Continue]