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Earth Day – 44 Years After It Began

By Brent M. Haglund, Ph.D. “California’s Thirsting Farmland: Farmers Seek Solutions” is the headline in the 21 April 2014 New York Times Business Day section. The severity of another California drought has caught many of that state’s farmers and ranchers in the vise of greater societal water demands and their recent decisions to grow more […]

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Passenger Pigeon’s Extinction Teaches Valuable Lessons Today

2014 marks the Centennial of the passing of the last known Passenger Pigeon.  Once by far one of the most abundant birds in the world, it was driven to extinction by humans after decades of over-hunting, especially in nesting grounds.  As a lesson to all of us about our relationship with wildlife today and the […]

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Who Owns the Environment?

Ever stop to really think about who “owns” the environment?  The question of how to reconcile private property with the the protection of the earth, air and water goes back through the ages.  Are market-based or property-rights-based approaches to environmental protection legitimate?  In this column on, Tracy Mehan concludes that while not always the […]

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New Chipotle ad sparks backlash from ag community

Like its Super Bowl ad from a couple of years ago, Chipotle has, once again, stirred up controversy with another ad that follows a familiar formula: 1.) Beautiful animation; 2.) backed by a popular song covered by a famous artist; and 3.) railing against “Big Ag”. The response from advertising critics has been very positive. […]

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Dino Giacomazzi

Saving the world one cowpie at a time

Dino Giacomazzi, a 4th generation central California dairy farmer greets visitors to his website with the tagline “saving the world one cowpie at a time.” A major portion of his award winning cowpie artistry includes the practice of conservation strip tillage. Conservation strip tillage involves tilling strips, rather than plowing an entire field, leaving residue […]

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Sweetie Pie urban ag in Minneapolis

Urban kids learn about ag

There’s a disturbing trend occurring among America’s youth that’s been coined a “nature deficit disorder”. It’s a disorder that primarily affects urban children who often do not have an opportunity to develop an appreciation for nature, including agriculture, believing that milk, bread, and other food products simply come from the grocery store and not the […]

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