New Dietary Guidelines – Politics Run Amok!

Dietary Guidelines

I'm the first to admit that I have a love/hate relationship with politics. I love the process of making changes for the betterment of our society and country, but I hate politics when it interferes in areas it doesn't belong. And that is exactly what happened with the new Dietary Nutritional Guideline recommendations. The Dietary Nutritional Guidelines are reviewed every 5 years, with 2015 the latest review. Who makes the new Dietary Guideline recommendations? A committee is assembled to … [Continue]

A Little Boy, A Grain Cart And Some Quarters And Dimes

Edwin by truck2

One of my most treasured gifts are my grandchildren. They make me smile and laugh. I have a story to share about a little boy (my grandson, Mr. E), a grain cart and some quarters and dimes. Before I start, let me tell you a little something about Mr. E. He is a very inquisitive, active 3-year old and has a smile that literally stretches from ear to ear.  And he LOVES the farm! He loves everything about the farm--the pigs, the tractors, the trucks, the combine and anything else that moves in … [Continue]

To Turkey Farmers Hit With Avian Influenza: I’m Sorry


Avian Influenza in Turkeys The past couple of weeks have been terrible for turkey farmers. No, worst than terrible--more like devastating for Minnesota's turkey farmers. As of … [Continue]

Dear Governor Dayton, Let’s Talk Buffer Strips

Buffer Strip

Buffer strips. Late last year a Pheasant Summit was held to discuss the plight of the pheasant population in Minnesota. As a result of this summit, you, Mr. Governor, proposed a … [Continue]

“50 Shades” Of Farmers


Okay. This post has been simmering in the back of my mind for quite some time. I know . . . I know. The whole "50 Shades of Grey" book and movie has kind of come and gone, but my … [Continue]

MARL Class VIII – Session 5 – Itasca, MN

Itasca State Park

Session five took our MARL (Minnesota Ag Rural Leadership) group to Itasca, MN. Itasca is well-known because it is the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River. It's crazy to … [Continue]