The first humans crossed the Bering Strait land (or ice) bridge to enter the western hemisphere about 15,000 years ago. Archeological evidence indicates they settled throughout North and South America over the next couple thousand years. Each indigenous tribe has its own creation story.
Food stamp availability under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has become a main point of contention, if not the most controversial issue, concerning passage of a new farm bill in Congress.
Rural Americans and the military share a long history together. The earliest U.S. soldiers who fought for independence from England during the Revolutionary War mostly hailed from rural towns and the countryside.
The recent shutdown of the federal government and threat to not stand behind our federal debt made me feel more uncertain than I realized at first. I began to feel tightness between my shoulder blades and had difficulty sleeping soundly.
This morning (Oct. 14) as I listened to the grain markets, I heard an analyst predict that corn prices would drop to $3.25 per bushel for December delivery. Soybean prices are expected to be around $13 per bushel for March 2014 delivery, and milling wheat is expected to remain below $7 per bushel for much of the remainder of 2013.
“A 40-year study of 1,000 children revealed that childhood self-control strongly predicted adult success in people of high or low intelligence, in rich or poor,” according to Drs. Terrie E. Moffitt, Richie Poulton and Avshalom Caspi in the September-October 2013 issue of American Scientist.
On Oct. 1, many Americans will have the opportunity to purchase health care insurance through federally facilitated or state-operated insurance exchanges under implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
When I was speaking last month at the annual meeting of the Women in Agriculture in Iowa, several wives said their husbands don’t know when to quit working. The husbands insist they can’t take time away from the farm operation because no one else “can do it right” or “as well.”
The U.S. Congress went into summer recess without enacting a farm bill. There is still time for Congress to make changes in the farm bill to do a better job protecting the resources needed to produce food, fiber and biofuels. The most important resource is the people engaged in agriculture.
Most of us don’t like to eat the same foods day after day. And that’s important for agricultural producers to know.
It is a reason why community supported agriculture (CSA) is a rapidly growing agricultural enterprise.
Readers of the weekly columns say they like the agricultural quizzes but to make them more difficult. All right, I’m happy to make them harder. This is like teaching a college course to eager learners!
When I attended the International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health conference in Sandusky, Ohio, last month, it was made abundantly clear by several invited presenters that farmers are prone to taking risks with their farm operations, investments, health and general well-being.
The social structure of the American family is changing and farm families are in step with these changes. The Pew Research Center released two reports recently (May 29 and June 11, 2013) that document significant behavioral and demographic shifts in families over the past 50 years.
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