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Back in the Saddle

There has been a series of Senate farm bill articles over the past weeks, and we’re going to do our best to give them their due. Now is the time to wade into the wonkishness, read the tea leaves, and generally try to understand the disparate bits of news that trickled out of the Senate Ag Committee last week. The basic, underlying point: nobody has any clue how the Senate farm bill process will turn out. None. And don’t believe anyone who tells you different. But there are some clear po

In the Mood to Digest

Dairy Queen over at Ethicurean does such a good job of piquing our interest every week with her tantalizing leads to news, views, and commentary on food and agriculture, that she's inspired us to do some Digesting of our own. To our delight, Dairy Queen likes our Digesting, and has invited us to share her esteemed Digesting space. Here's the meat of the first edition:

What If Rural Really Mattered?

In this series we have talked about a few farms, towns, and counties, and the people who live and work there, that give a glimpse of what it would look like if rural really mattered. This month we examine what might cause such a sea change.

If rural America really mattered, there would be a lot more people like Linus Solberg and Greg Brokaw living there.

Essay: Technical College Emphasizes Entrepreneurship and Business

Teachers who know about entrepreneurship, students graduating with a business plan in hand – this is innovative rural leadership

Weldon Sleight could teach universities and government agencies some things about serving rural people. Sleight heads the College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska, which has taught generations of students on subjects ranging from production agriculture to veterinary science. Recently he made some farsighted changes.

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