COLUMNIST ARCHIVES
We have a number of regular contributors to the web site. You'll find a complete listing of their columns here, by date published

Ag Policy Perspectives   Organic dairy herd health
CSA Journal   Organics in the News
CSA Notebook   Pan-American Adventure

Dispatches from Dairyland

Real Tales of High Value Farming
Field Notes   Research Perspectives
Inspector's Notebook   Specialty Cut Flower Corner
Intern Journal   Susanna's Costa Rican Sojourn
Jason's Global Organic Odyssey   Sustainable in Senegal
Letter from NY   The Final Word
Letter from Ontario   The New Ranch
Letter from Saskatchewan   Tool Talk
New Farmer Journal   Transcontinental Farm Tour
Nuts & Bolts & Dreams   Vine and Fig Tree
One Farm to Another    

Paul Dettloff: ORGANIC DAIRY HERD HEALTH

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Nathan McClintock: SUSTAINABLE IN SENEGAL

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George DeVault: TOOL TALK
Equipment and tool basics for the beginning farmer

Various farmers: FIELD NOTES

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Daryll Ray: AG POLICY PERSPECTIVES

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NEW FARMER JOURNAL

Easy Growin' Farm, Buena Vista CO, Joshua Flowers

Essex Farm, Essex NY, Kristin Kimball

Fresh Harvest Farm, Moken IL, Patty McPhillips

Loon Organics, Eagan MN, Laura Frerichs

North Country School, Lake Placid NY, Laura Rickard

Sol-e-Terre Farm, Suffield CT, Daniel Duesing

Stoney Lonesome Farm, Gainesville VA, Pablo Elliott

Your Farm, Hilmar CA, Mele Anderson

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Courtney White: The New Ranch

  • February 22, 2005: Getting into the game As second-career ranchers, Jim and Carol Thorpe had a lot to learn about managing rangeland and caring for cattle. But coming to ranching from a non-ag background enabled them to embrace the best of 'old' and 'new' ranch management thinking, from applied ecology to Internet livestock auctions. It also helps to have a philosophical outlook and boundless curiosity. Including The Getting Started Toolkit
  • December 9, 2004: Hope on the range Eighteen years ago, Oregon rancher Connie Hatfield drove to the city and asked a health club owner what he thought about red meat. His answer helped shape Oregon Country Beef, now one of the most successful rancher-managed, certified natural beef labels in the country.
  • September 28, 2004: All in the family Outside of Durango, Colorado, the James Ranch is using holistic management, direct marketing, and community involvement to build a sustainable livelihood for all the members of the clan.
  • August 31, 2004: Conservation measures improve profits On the EC Bar Ranch in northeastern Arizona, Jim Crosswhite got radical—and started cooperating with government scientists to implement environmental restoration strategies on his land. Eight years later, he counts a wealth of economic as well as ecological benefits.
  • August 3, 2004: Big things on a little place On Sandia Pueblo in north-central New Mexico, Sam Montoya revitalized a tired piece of land—and is now earning a comfortable retirement income.

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Yigal Deutscher: VINE AND FIG TREE

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INTERN JOURNAL: Insights and experiences from organic farms

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Don Lotter: Crossing the Americas

PAN-AMERICAN ADVENTURE

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News from Mariquita: A CSA Journal

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Susanna Meyer: Susanna's Costa Rican Sojourn

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Various Farmers: CSA Notebook

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Jason Witmer: Jason's Global Organic Odyssey

  • July 11, 2003: The Great Awakening High on a Himalayan Mountain top--a million miles from his Ohio home--Jason reflects on a trip whose mission was met but whose purpose was usurped by the magnitude of the people met along the way
  • June 27, 2003: Spain: In Spain's wine country, One-time vineyard gets a make-over and Terragona province gets its first taste of organic almonds.
  • May 30, 2003: The Himalayas: In the Himalayas, the Western world has invaded, but not yet conquered Many families still survive happily on crops and livestock tended
    on steeply terraced plots at high elevations ... AND IT'S ALL ORGANIC, by default.
    SLIDESHOW Extreme Steps: Terrace Farming in the Himalayas
  • May 13, 2003: India: Mulchan Haria may not have followed the family into traditional medicine but his gentle touch and chemical-free remedies have nursed a parched, depleted earth back to full health and earned him the title "Doctor" among his peers.
  • April 25, 2003: India: Indian farmer creates an organic oasis in a harsh land. On top of dust and floods, chemicals were killing Vijay Shah's soil ... and production was falling. He decided it was time, for a change, to farm WITH nature. On July 1, 1996, he stopped using chemicals all together.
  • March 28, 2003: Reflections With their journey almost half over, Jason and Derek share a new perspective on organic farming, material possessions and foreign cab drivers
  • March 21, 2003: Thailand Buddhist "Asok" movement builds organic farms, sustainable communities: In a farm economy devastated by reliance on chemicals, Buddhist monks teach thousands a new way to grow
  • March 6, 2003: Laos Jason and Derek work with Thanongsi Solangkoun, whose silk-farm, organic restaurant and international learning center offer an alternative to chemically based agriculture
  • February 28, 2003: Thailand Our intrepid world travelers make their way to eastern Thailand and Jon Jandai -- farmer, builder and man of leisure
  • February 21, 2003: Beginnings How a young kid picking sweet corn on his Grandpa’s farm in Ohio ended up making an organic sojourn across two continents
  • February 21, 2003: An Introduction Ohio traveler debuts “global grassroots” network of farmer-correspondents

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Mary-Howell & Klaas Martens: Letter from New York

And, by popular demand, following are the links to the Martens' three part series "Look, Ma! No Weeds: Early Season Weed Control".

 

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Alan Guebert: The Final Word

  • September 24, 2004: Who is Tom Hofeller?; Now quickly, the other news of the week
  • September 17, 2004: Bush widens lead among rural, swing voters; Other news of the week; It's just a game
  • September 10, 2004: That crazy federal deficit; Other news and views; Sept. 10, 2001: Trust your future
  • September 3, 2004: Farmers, November and party platforms; And as the GOP convened in New York ...; Letter of the week
  • August 27, 2004: “The President’s personal commitment to conservation ...”; Other news, views and clues; Again with the crowing rooster routine
  • August 20, 2004: Need marketing advice? Call me in November; The week’s theater of the absurd
  • August 13, 2004: August crop report about a 6; Rabo: Part II; Sugar meeting turns sour
  • August 6, 2004: Sketchy WTO ag trade framework outlined; Omaha Farm Credit bank opens FCS to takeovers
  • July 30, 2004: Doha,'conflicting trade' and wages; The wonderful world of unintended consequences
  • July 23, 2004: USDA Inc.
  • July 16, 2004: US-Aussie free trade deal a done deal; Mad cow mistakes spotlighted in joint House hearing; Some things are just a mystery
  • July 9, 2004: Bush and the rural "Bubba" vote; Letter of the week: NCBA threatens R-CALF; Weekly news, views and reviews
  • July 2, 2004: Of mad prices, mad cows and mad farmers; In their words: the week that was; Of fireworks, family and fish on the Fourth
  • June 25, 2004: Hand-wringing over America's ag competition; What others are saying; Of soaring turkeys and USDA
  • June 18, 2004: House Ag hearing blasts USDA conservation programs; Newest Bush target could be CRP; ACGA asks for CRP sign-up now; Another ADM chapter closes
  • June 10, 2004: Who we are: 2002 Ag Census; The week in words; Cargill will DNA test cattle for taste, economics; Ag journ 101
  • May 28, 2004: USDA reverses itself on organic rules; USDA budget cuts coming; Making sense of export numbers; Memorial Day, 1868
  • May 21, 2004: Listen to what I say, not what I do; The week in words: One for the good guys: Sen. Paul Muegge
  • May 14, 2004: EU-US WTO two-step, again; The week in words: All the ag news you'll ever need for $18,000 per year
  • May 7, 2004: USDA's mad cow mess stumbles on; Letter of the week: Big Pork's big threat; Nebraska pork power totters into Chapter 11
  • April 30, 2004: Brazil opens cotton's can of worms; debating subsidies with faulty math
  • April 23, 2004: Far from the maddening cow; A long, hot summer ahead: No Bush Farm and Ranch Team for me
  • April 16, 2004: It's a long day in India, Part 3: Rice, sugar awash in social faux pas – Alan makes sure to leave his mark before returning to the states.
  • April 9, 2004: It's a long day in India, part 2: We meet India's future, several different options, to whose hands will it fall?
  • April 2, 2004: It's a long day in India
  • March 19, 2004: Only mad cows and Americans; News, views and all those blues; Letter of the week: Leaving the herd behind
  • March 12, 2004: Cargill settles civil suit on HFCS price fixing; News and views; Meaty memo of the week: It's all about us
  • March 5, 2004: The news from Lake Farmbegone; Looking for Wall Street? Try the Federal Courthouse; Letter of the week: Is special sauce a durable good?
  • February 27, 2004: Milk's mustache wiped off; News, views and all those blues; A reader writes
  • February 20, 2004: Cowboy justice clips meatpackers; Cowboys 1, Tyson 0; now what?; USDA mad cow miracle: Downer cows that walk
  • February 13, 2004: Silence of the mules: the trade deal no one wanted
  • February 6, 2004: USDA takes hit big in 2005 Bush budget; Behind the headlines
  • January 30, 2004: Farming 101: The trouble with statistics; The trouble with political science; The trouble with ag economics
  • January 26, 2004: On the road: Denver; On the road, again: Denver II; Just can't wait to get off the road
  • January 20, 2004: Cowboys in the courtroom ; News, views and reviews; On the road: Iowa
  • January 9, 2004: The USDA's busy week; So, if it's clearly Canadian; Of checkoffs and mad cow
  • January 2, 2004: A maddening New Year; Other “mad” facts
  • December 19, 2003: CAFTA is not a trade victory; A farm belt recovery?; Another black-and-white Christmas story
  • December 12, 2003: Budget bummer busts ag; World Bank’s analysis of free ag trade: You’re dead; Sen. Paul Simon, 1928-2003
  • December 8, 2003: The new pork powerhouse: Washington, D.C.; 2004's big issues
  • December 1, 2003: Ethanol mandate, COOL sink in Senate; From the Farm and Food File archives: A 'right smart' Thanksgiving
  • November 21, 2003: Energy Bill baggage threatens passage; Confusing week for US ag trade policy; Short takes on the news
  • November 14, 2003: The pot-holed road to Miami and a FTAA; Steel vs. ag: 'illegal' tariffs to clip ag exports; Views and invective
  • November 7, 2003: Ethanol compromise pushes Energy Bill forward; Ag budget bill, COOL, cattle import idea pass Senate; Bites of week's food news
  • October 31, 2003: USDA burns COOL again; Cost study shows GM wheat a market killer; Headlines and deadlines
  • October 24, 2003: Second pork checkoff defeat threatens all checkoffs; In the news; On the road: Montana
  • October 10, 2003: Smithfield, Cargill line up bids for Farmland; Another COOL hearing, another COOL set-up; I don't know about you, but...
  • October 3, 2003: Cooked books hide paltry farm income; Red hot beef market to remain warm into winter; Laugh-a-minute Limbaugh caught on TV
  • September 26, 2003: Cancun reactions continue to ricochet through global ag trade; Scenes from this farm life; GM foods fail public polls again
  • September 23: 2003: This issue has just one topic: what led to the collapse of WTO talks in Cancun and its consequences...
  • September 12, 2003: Heat's on farmers in Cancun; US, EU sweating; GAO shows USDA how to move ahead on COOL; Payment Commission to Congress: It's your mess, fix it
  • September 5, 2003: Fixing U.S. ag policy; Willie v. Annie; Canadian beef and bass
  • August 29, 2003: By the time you read this... Reprise: Oh say, can you see... Manitoba
  • August 22, 2003: Court again declares South Dakota's anti-corporate farming law illegal; Stop the presses: China bigger ag exporter
  • August 15, 2003: US-EU ag trade proposal little more than Cancun window dressing; Still crazy after all these years; The view from the rooftop
  • August 11, 2003: AFBF: No WTO deal better than bad deal; Silly season
  • August 5, 2003: Stop the presses: USDA talks beef with Japan without NCBA; International farm leaders offer own agenda for WTO-Cancun; Energy bill again passes Senate
  • August 1, 2003: Smithfield eats Farmland Foods; In their own words: the real Smithfield; COOL funding killed in House; survives in Senate; News, views and some blues
  • July 25, 2003: Cancun could clobber US farmers and ranchers; 'We're being fed to the fishes over and over and over again'; A lovely evening for crop reportin'
  • July 11, 2003: US blasts GM food and feed labeling; Academic wars: The battle to replace Neil Harl; Beef checkoff goes down for the second time
  • July 7, 2003: Europe votes for GM labeling of food, feed; More Europe: CAP reform; How to kill a farm group
  • June 27, 2003: When old Doc Greenspan talks, we should listen; Passing time with the great American pastime
  • June 23, 2003: Special interests gut COOL funding; Follow the money--or Henry Bonilla; Go ahead, hit me—but I say, 'keep the estate tax'
  • June 17, 2003: Wheat's newest battleground is free--and GMO-free--Iraq; Government program payments 'expected to total $21.4 billion in 2003'; News, views and more ag journalism blues
  • June 9, 2003: Ethanol gets victory in Senate; G-8: BINGO! — Bush wins again; Dairy’s naïve backroom political offer
  • May 30, 2003: Canada's ill wind shows America's leaky biosecurity blanket; Views of the news; From the Ag journalist's mouth to the banker's ear
  • May 23, 3003: Mad cow madness; The Jungle: More bad meat and bad news for meat; Bye-bye dollar
  • May 16, 2003: How to win GMO friends and influence customers; Ms. Veneman has been doing a lot of crowing but what does she have to show; Graduation Day, 2003
  • May 12, 2003: It's been a COOL week—ACGA poll confirms concerns over GM corn, support for COOL; Finally, a COOL study on labeling benefits; Quote of the week
  • May 2, 2003: Our man in Baghdad part II; Just COOL it; Ag journalist, watchdog or a businessman's best friend?
  • April 25, 2003: Our man in Baghdad; News you may have missed; 'I weep for my profession' - Part 2
  • April 11, 2003: Trying to spin the plain truth on COOL; 'I weep for my profession’ - Part 1
  • April 4, 2003: March 31 plantings report not 'suprising'; Budget billions, budget baloney; On the road to Baghdad
  • March 28, 2003: GMO: Genetically modified oratory; The lighter side of COOL; Two voices— do you know which one is speaking the truth?
  • March 21, 2003: The farm homefront; David Heath Swanson, Federal Convict; Quotes of the week
  • March 14, 2003: The genes of biotech journalism; Appellate courts hear beef, pork check-off cases
  • March 7, 2003: ‘Smelly' Starlink settlement; Suited up for checkoff challenges; Hi, I’m Ann and I'll be your saleslady today'
    February 28, 2003: Court ruling may challenge ag integrators; Busy week for news and views; Letter from America: Dancing Ann; Note from Norway
  • February 21, 2003: Congress cripples organic standards; Traveling Bobby's $435 billion tab; Europe bashing
    February 14, 2003:
    Disaster aid charade; Stop the presses! NPPC claims COOL too costly; World trade talkers
  • February 7, 2003: For the main course, 2004 White House, USDA Budget Baloney and to finish, Short takes on the rest of the week. Bon Appétit!
  • January 31, 2003: Agriculture is surprisingly absent from the State of the Union address and other news that will shock you
  • January 24, 2003: Senate approves $3.1 billion in disaster aid; Court puts out Iowa welcome mat for pork integrators; What a day - homeland security is offical, Veneman is near failing, CountryMark's CEO is under arrest, again - and it's not even noon yet!
  • January 17, 2003: Chicago fire burns commodity prices; Grain reserve offers insurance against future flames; New Congress, new assistance ideas; You'll be missed, Elmer Brown
  • January 10, 2003: January report bearish but hope for '04; Not a nickel for farm aid, $674 billion for tax cuts; Bush Stimulus Plan: Fat Plums to Fat Cats; Some things never change – beef, pork, and a non-stimulating “stimulus” package
  • January 3, 2003: New Year could bring stronger ag markets; Oh where, Oh where are CCPs?; Here's to a new USDA, some much needed moments of silence, a few wins for the Chicago Cubs and a great 2003
  • December 20, 2002: Europe to America: “Our Food, Our Rules;” bring me the head of Hedrick Verfaillie; Trent Lott inspires “quote of the week;” a special Christmas story, retold because it bears retelling.
  • December 2, 2002: The benefits of country of origin labels; free trade for Aussie beef means more grief for U.S. cattlemen; with lack of competition, food multinationals all set to gouge us at the plate.
  • November 22, 2002: Maybe the U.S trade rep should check with U.S. farmers before promising their support of a free trade agreement with the Aussies. And maybe the last two years in Congress weren't a total loss for agriculture
  • November 15, 2002: New house ag committee chair to be named; pork checkoff--the true cost to farmers; and GM contamination--just a matter of time before experimental crops end up on our dinner plates.
  • November 8, 2002: Thad Cochran to take farm policy reins – how far will he go? Farmers make Londoners smile – in the rain!
  • November 1, 2002: Chicken slaves, and honest talk from Swiss ag leaders
  • October 25, 2002: GMO labelling and the European Union

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George Devault: Real Tales of High Value Farming

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Jeff Moyer: One Farm to Another

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Brenda Cochran: Dispatches from Dairyland

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Melanie Devault: Specialty Cut Flower Corner

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George, Melanie & Don Devault
Nuts & Bolts & Dreams: A beginner's guide to farming

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Paul Beingessner: Letter from Saskatchewan

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Various Writers: Letter from Ontario

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Jim Riddle: Inspector's Notebook

Inspector's notebook

Various: Organics in the news

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Paul Hepperly: Research Perspectives

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