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No Farm Bill for 2018

Per my last article, we know that the September 30th deadline to pass the 2018 Farm Bill has passed us by. That means, despite the urgent efforts by the American Farm Bureau and other organizations and private agricultural companies, there will be absolutely no bill for this year. Lucky us. And what was this defining…

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Consumerism, Materialism, and Ag Criticism

Editor’s note: Chances are you’ve encountered these kinds of arguments yourself. I’ve included lots of links in this article for your reference!  I absolutely adore certain kinds of self-described “environmentalists” “vegan activists” and (insert various cause here) “advocates.” The issue I take with this particular crowd is that, when you look at their lives, you’ll…

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Farm Bill Update

June 28, 2018- The Senate’s own version of the Farm Bill (as opposed to the House’s version which failed on its first vote) passed with an overwhelming 86-11 vote. The House also narrowly passed theirs on the second go-round by a 213-211 vote. Unlike the House, they were careful to avoid any changes to the SNAP…

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The other white milk

As a goat person, this week is kind of a big deal. The third Saturday of every June, this great nation takes some time to honor and promote the little dairy producer that is sometimes forgotten in the Western world. Guessed what it is yet? It’s National Dairy Goat Awareness week! Most of us get…