In the Mood to Digest

Dairy Queen over at Ethicurean does such a good job of piquing our interest every week with her tantalizing leads to news, views, and commentary on food and agriculture, that she's inspired us to do some Digesting of our own. To our delight, Dairy Queen likes our Digesting, and has invited us to share her esteemed Digesting space. Here's the meat of the first edition:

What If Rural Really Mattered?

In this series we have talked about a few farms, towns, and counties, and the people who live and work there, that give a glimpse of what it would look like if rural really mattered. This month we examine what might cause such a sea change.

If rural America really mattered, there would be a lot more people like Linus Solberg and Greg Brokaw living there.

Essay: Technical College Emphasizes Entrepreneurship and Business

Teachers who know about entrepreneurship, students graduating with a business plan in hand – this is innovative rural leadership

Weldon Sleight could teach universities and government agencies some things about serving rural people. Sleight heads the College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska, which has taught generations of students on subjects ranging from production agriculture to veterinary science. Recently he made some farsighted changes.

House Payment Limitations

U.S. House Agriculture Committee members claim they tightened payment limitations in their farm bill. In fact they kept unlimited multi-million dollar loan deficiency payments made when crop prices are low and raised the limit on direct payments made regardless of crop prices.


Nebraska holds I-300 hearings to examine implications for the future; Iowa turns down several large hog confinement proposals

>> In 2007 the Nebraska Legislature enacted Legislative Resolution 93, introduced by Senator Phil Erdman, in response to Nebraska’s constitutional regulation of corporate farming being declared unconstitutional in federal court. This was an Interim Study Resolution to “examine implications for the future structure, development, and progress of agricultural production in Nebraska.”


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