January 2009


    Nearly 700,000 children went hungry in the U.S. last year.  One in eight people in this nation struggled to feed themselves adequately.  Both of those startling facts, cited in an NBC report, came before the bottom fell out of the economy.  USDA indicates 12.2% of our population “didn’t have the money or assistance to get enough food to maintain active,  healthy lives.” (more…)

Thermometers across North America descended to record lows over the last week. Yet if you were to believe the environmentalists, global warming is going to destroy the earth and food production is one of the leading contributions. The article, “As more eat meat, a bid to cut emissions” in NY Times is a great example of that scare. (more…)

Many in food production take the hard knocks for becoming family corporations with million dollar assets.  Some activists, such as the Environmental Working Group, have even gone so far to list farm subsidies so everyone can see the millions brought in by today’s “rich farmers.”  There’s no list of input costs, equipment prices, explanation of how those assets aren’t liquid, or the distribution of dollars between the farm gate and food plate.  Yet, we frequently read “the greedy corporate farmers making millions.”  (more…)

Technology that increases productivity excites me, but I wasn’t one of the early adopters of social media.  Frankly, it seemed like a waste of time. However, when I saw a “movement” created online before the 2008 U.S. elections and learned that half of FaceBook users are older than college age, I decided social media was worth a second look.  Same goes with webinars; I’ve never been a huge fan, but have found the technology to be a great training tool to reach people across the world without requiring any of us the pain and cost of travel.  And, since piloting them in December, I’ve found webinars make even more sense when you need the users to be looking at a computer screen, such as training about social media. (more…)