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All I want for Christmas is Crop Insurance Reform

On December 7 and 8, an historic meeting took place in Des Moines, Iowa. It wasn’t historic because there were thousands of people there. It wasn’t historic because the people there were famous. For the most part, there wasn’t anyone there who is much more famous (or notorious, depending on perspective) than I am.

On those unseasonably warm December days, about 25 farmers and representatives of farm, rural, and conservation organizations gathered to discuss the need for reforming federal crop insurance policies, and to plan a campaign to achieve those reforms.

The Best Present is Your Presence

After 13 years of living in the same house, my family and I recently packed up all our belongings and moved a few miles down the road to the family farm where my husband was born and raised. 

It was a bittersweet move as that was our “home” for a long time. It’s where my husband proposed to me, where all three of our children have been born and raised, and where we became a family and made many memories. 

But we are very excited and look forward to making new memories on the home place. Another thing I look forward to in our new home is having less. Yes, I said LESS. 

Fueling Our Kids and the Future: School Lunch

I remember smelling pork or beef roasting, or chocolate cake baking in the halls of my high school. Nothing went to waste either. The leftover sauerkraut from “Build Your Own Hotdog” was used in the cake, and most kids thought it was coconut. Our parents didn’t worry about what they were feeding us at school. When they ate our school lunch, it was like any of our other home-cooked meals.

The Anti-Corporate Farming Phoenix

In what brings to mind the ashes-to-rebirth legend of the mythological Phoenix, statutes prohibiting corporate farming in North Dakota and meatpacker ownership of livestock in Nebraska are both fighting for survival.

The real story, however, might rest with the resurgence of political and popular support for these laws, in particular in states where the fighting has been white hot. 

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