I just finished a podcast about women in agriculture. It wasn’t your usual, more women need to farm, instead it focused on the lack of women in leadership and decision-making positions at the many national farm and food organizations. As someone involved in both policy and advocacy, this issue caught my attention. But it also … More Women Lead Ag – Just Look Locally
Conveniences in food purchasing and preparation are leading to continued decline in connection to agriculture We Americans want it all. We want the big paychecks and the 40-hour work week. We want well behaved kids but don’t want to tell them no. We want big houses but little upkeep. And we want the trendiest, healthiest … More Distance Distorts Understanding
It’s National Farmers Day. To many people, farming is a simplistic occupation and the farmer a nice but traditional man who plants the seeds and harvests the crop. But when I look at my farmer, I see a man who has 100 jobs, a million responsibilities and a variety of skills that serve him in … More National Farmer Day: The many hats of a 21st Century farmer
Jeff Bezos and his multi-billion-dollar company, Amazon, made news again this week when he announced the purchase of Whole Foods, an upscale grocery store chain that specializes in organic, natural selections. Amazon has spent nearly two decades perfecting the mail-order business, allowing people, like myself, to bypass local retailers, traffic and the check-out line by … More The demise of the grocery store: removing another link between consumer and farmer
Apparently Trump is celebrating 100 days in office, or at least that’s all anyone in Washington D.C. can talk about these past few days. While I understand the importance of getting off to a productive start, I’m afraid the pundits along the Potomac have a very narrow focus on what constitutes success by the Trump … More Trump’s First 100 Days: Through the Eyes of a Farm Wife
Twelve hours after witnessing, first-hand, the devastation wrought by fire and wind, I turned on the television to reports of sleet, snow and blizzard conditions. These were two separate natural disasters, one predicted, reported and planned for, the other unforeseen, nearly unimaginable and deadly. Last week, more than 10 counties in Kansas fell victim to … More The Tale of Two Disasters
The tractors are safety stored away in the barn and the cows are munching away on veggies and corn stocks but that hasn’t allowed farmer hubs any downtime. The new year marks the official start of calving season for Sawyer Land & Cattle. Like most years, we’ve had a few momma cows jump the gun … More Calving season is here!