I know that some of you may be surprised by this, but I do not always have something to say or write about.
I was inspired yesterday from an online comment I ready by a farmer in response to an article about a company that markets a “field benchmarking, monitoring, and analytics” program designed to increase crop production.
Sometime in the last 50 or so years the production of food has become a mystery to consumers and farming has become a dirty word – linked to polluting of the environment and mistreatment of animals rather than a noble profession of growing food to meet the dietary needs of an ever expanding population. Continue reading →
Last week we had one hot day in MN. On June 9 the temperature climbed to 97 degrees F in Western MN. Not an unreasonable temperature for the region but maybe a little early in the season. This got me thinking about heat stress. I know some regions of the US are well into heat stress season but we are just getting there.
I have been thinking about adaptation in animal agriculture lately and was curious about milk production in a desert climate. Yes, we produce milk in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona but this location is even dryer and hotter and likely requiring some extreme adaptation. Continue reading →
Last week the 2014 documentary “Cowspiracy” came to my attention (Trailer). An environmental group in my city was doing a screening and looking for someone representing the livestock industry to come in and be a spokesman in “defense of the industry.” Continue reading →