Category: View from the Hill

Maybe we’re our own enemy

“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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Differing views must be heard

What is an opinion worth if one cannot express it to others? The short answer is: It does not matter to anyone else. Dialogue between two or more individuals is essential for ideas within a free society such as ours to take root and grow into whatever action that society wants to do with it. Agriculture is no different. It […]

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Love story has lasted 42 years

On June 2, Deborah and I will celebrat our 42nd anniversary together. Taken in the context of our age, as of today, we have known each other and have been together for the majority of our lives. What began as two teenagers going on their first date to a spring banquet at Tabor College in 1969 has blossomed into a […]

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Who owns farmers’ airspace?

Who owns your data? Who owns the airspace above your property and who has the right to enter that air space? The unrelated questions garner a wide range of responses from “I do!” to “Who cares who owns my data and my airspace?” Let’s address each question separately. Who owns your data? Data mining by credit card companies and major […]

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Agriculture under false attack

Agriculture, farming, ranching and family are synonymous with all things that are good in life. I cannot think of a better way, a better place to raise a family. In the movie trailer, “Farmland,” one farmer sums it up in a simple way. “Some days, when the kids are with me in the tractor, I’m still at my job. I’m […]

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Do actions match our faith?

“Washington is done for the year…it is off to its earliest start…at doing nothing.” —Bob Schieffer, “Face the Nation,” Feb. 23. As I watched last Sunday’s news program, I realized the recent passage of the Farm Bill was a fluke amid a sea of political charges and countercharges. Though the bill had its flaws, the good news was agriculture has […]

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Many people don’t know what gluten intolerance is

“I’m gluten intolerant.” “Every time I eat wheat products, I get sick.” “I went online and read about the symptoms of gluten sensitivity. I concluded I had it, so our family no longer eats anything that has gluten in it.” “I watched Dr. Oz on television, and he had the author of the ‘Wheat Belly’ book, and they are very […]

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Even snowflakes speak of God

As I write this, snow is on the ground and the sun is shining bright. The ground is pretty much covered, though it did not snow as much as the weather station had predicted. As Deborah and I drove around the countryside, we could see sunlight reflecting from individual snowflakes. The temperature at ground level had not yet risen enough […]

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Be grateful, even for Congress

“On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment: halftime.” —Author unknown Surely, this is not the only memorable moment, nor the reason why Americans appreciate Thanksgiving, is it? Nor should any other lighthearted declaration—at halftime or any other time of day—be taken seriously. An expression of gratitude for owning an Xbox 360, or […]

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Volunteer wheat needs action

The year is winding down and farmers are finishing up with the last acres of soybeans and milo. The recent rain and light snow brought field work to a standstill. Some farmers used this occasion to meet in the local coffee shops and catch up on the latest gossip that makes the rounds. One farmer friend approached me, noting his […]

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