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100 Million More Mouths to Feed

Historic drought and record-setting heat have scorched the nation’s corn and soybean crops and destroyed livestock pastures. With that in mind, it may not be a good time to bring this up, but by the year 2050 the United States … Continue reading

Hormone use in livestock production

Why do you have to use hormones in livestock care? There is no law requiring farmers and ranchers to use hormones in livestock production. The choice is up to the producer. To better understand the choices being made to use … Continue reading

Summer Heat

How long is this drought going to last? Here in SC it has been really hot and dry. My peach crop is suffering and there’s no relief in sight. According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, 72 percent of the … Continue reading

What A Week!

Last Tuesday we headed to New Orleans, LA, for our Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation 90th Annual Meeting. The fun started with registration on Wednesday and ended with a very productive voting delegate session on Sunday.  We had a very busy … Continue reading

Fair is Coming!

Right now, the three middle kids are taking a quick break from working with animals. We have 3 calves and a goat tied up to the deck and the kids are guzzling water while I type this out quickly. There … Continue reading

No Crop, No Paycheck

My, the difference a year makes!  Last year at this time, all of the non-irrigated cotton that we had planted was laying in dry dirt with no hope of coming up without a significant amount of moisture.  This year all … Continue reading

1940 Census, A Step Back in Time

Earlier this spring the National Archives released the 1940 Census to the public. If you are wondering what took them so long, there is a 72-year waiting period required by law to respect the privacy of the respondents. The personal … Continue reading

Agricultural conversations

A thought occurred to me today as I was leaving people voicemails. I’m in the habit of saying “talk with you soon,” rather than what I hear in voicemails as, “talk to you soon.” I don’t want to come across … Continue reading

To Buy or Not to Buy…That is the Question

As a farmer and mother I have been in several situations lately where consumers start talking organic. Is organically grown food better for you then the food that is raised traditionally? I will be honest, I am no expert and … Continue reading

Thankful for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is both a blessing and a curse when you are in the greenhouse industry. My name is Melanie Fink, and my husband Mike and I are produce farmers in southeastern Pennsylvania. We also grow bedding and vegetable plants … Continue reading