Category: View from the Hill

Falling prices weighing heavily

Commodity prices have tumbled and, based on recent commodity reports, they might fall even more. How much further can they go? Oh, what a difference a year makes! Back then, we were thinking that a $6 price for wheat was low and $5 wheat was unthinkable. Now, it is threatening to drop below $4. When I think about the drop […]

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We need longterm roads plan

The condition of our county’s roads are steadily deteriorating by the year. There is no easy solution that would quickly improve their condition. This is a result of longterm neglect and perhaps not having the political will to designate a portion of the budget to focus on a longterm plan for improvement. In a nutshell, the nature of most taxpayers […]

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Maybe we’re to blame after all

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” —POGO This quote, written by cartoonist Walt Kelly more than 40 years ago, is as appropriate now as it ever has been. Given our dismal state of affairs in public or private—no pun intended—whether it’s about finances or our social welfare, there’s much blame to go around. Yet all we read […]

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‘Can’t say it, don’t eat it’?

Water, water, everywhere, and all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink…. Any student of literature worth his or her salt would easily recognize the author of those lines and the title of the poem. As a junior in high school, my class assignment was to memorize Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s work, “The Rhyme of the […]

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CEO sets a new standard

Opportunity is defined as “a favorable juncture of circumstances.” —MIRIAM-WEBSTER.COM We often hear a well-known piece of advice when experiencing a setback, and it goes like this: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Even so, it is often easier said than done. Another approach, however, addresses a similar, yet different question as well, even when it’s not the lemons […]

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Learning from granddaughters

Granddaughters Grace and Lucia are only three months shy of their fifth birthday. Each time we visit their family, they seem to have grown by 2 inches or more. In some ways, they exceed their age in wisdom by far. This week, I was on the receiving end of some of their satirical humor. As I sat down for breakfast […]

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Term as wheat prez is ending

One year ago this month, the board of directors of National Association of Wheat Growers approved my nomination to be its incoming president. This week, my year-long tenure comes to an end. In many ways, the year has almost been like a whirlwind tour, only stopping at key points of interest along the way, always preparing for the next event […]

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Reality interrupts season’s calm

“Silent night…” While walking out in the fields on the farm at night, I am struck by the stillness of the world around me. It nearly takes my breath away. “Holy night…” Holy? Yes. It feels like there is a sense of the extra-ordinary when the world is silent, broken only by the sounds of nature as they fill up […]

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Food ‘experts’ aren’t always so

“The information on the Healthy Home Economist is provided for informational purposes only. It is in no way intended to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional…. The nutritional and other information on this website are not intended to be and do not constitute health care or medical advice.” —HEALTHY HOME ECONOMIST WEBSITE The […]

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Wheat acres shrinking in U.S.

Last week, the World Food Prize Found­ation, founded by the late Norman Borlaug, awarded its latest World Food Prize to a wheat breeder and researcher, Sanjaya Rajaram. He is honored for his research that led to a large increase in world wheat production by more than 200 million tons, building on the successes of the Green Revolution. This year marked […]

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