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The Ag Effect – Kosciusko County, Indiana

by Miriam - July 26th, 2017

It’s all connected.

The Ages of Youth – Western Cultural Generations

by Miriam - July 21st, 2017

This is in response to a family-dinner discussion about the parameters and characteristics of the different cultural ages.  Here’s a link to the article by Michael T. Robinson, with more information about the characteristics of each (note:  there are a lot of websites that discuss generation characteristics – this post is for reference only)

The Generations – Which Generation are You?

Field of Presidents

by Miriam - July 18th, 2017

And now for the charming, but unusual (8 minutes and worth the watch):

Happy Independence Day!

by Miriam - July 4th, 2017

Mesmerizing Cake – Can’t. Stop. Watching.

by Miriam - June 28th, 2017

This took skill and imagination. Enjoy – feel free to watch it twice (I did).

3D Tour – International Space Station

by Miriam - June 26th, 2017

Get your 3D glasses – but is worth the view without.  Allow 13 minutes for this coffee break.

Age is just a number

by Miriam - June 15th, 2017

Interesting article by Kerri Anne Renzulli for Money: This is the Age when you become Old, According to 4 Different Generations.

All a matter of perspective – and I suggest that those numbers might move as the different generations age.  It’s also interesting to note that those with a wider or longer view seem to think that the “prime of life” is when you are more mature.

Key Findings 2017 Wealth and Worth

 

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper – The Story

by Miriam - June 7th, 2017

Very interesting video about the iconic photo (and others):

Blessings on Memorial Day

by Miriam - May 29th, 2017

Global Seed Vault

by Miriam - May 24th, 2017

The World’s largest collection of genetic diversity of crops.  Seeds from all over the world, including 70,000 varieties of barley, 150,000 varieties of rice and 140,000 samples of wheat.

Take a tour:

Commodity Export Share of US Ag Production

by Miriam - May 16th, 2017

Check out the graphic, and click on the image to link through to read the article about the percent of US Commodity production that leaves the States:

 

From: Which Commodity Depends the Most on Exports? AgWeb article by Ben Potter.

 

Some fun facts:  The US produces 80% of the world’s supply of almonds, most of which comes from California.  Only 10% of the US Beef production is exported – the lowest of the listed commodities.

Cedar Point Virtual Ride – Valravn

by Miriam - May 2nd, 2017

AKA – how I tested the video on my new wide-screen monitor.

A Cautionary Tale of Overreach

by Miriam - May 1st, 2017

I can’t make this stuff up.

Duarte Nursery v Army Corps of Engineers  (note:  link is to an early decision – the case is still pending as of this writing) is a case about the Feds pursuing a farmer for alleged tillage of wetlands.

The farmer’s point of view is (1) I avoided any potential protected areas and (2) I only tilled 4″, not 36″ as alleged by the Corps.

Note:  The Corps did not attempt to verify their own charges until after they pursued enforcement action.

This is a cautionary tale of how “over the top” government can reach into private property and use bully tactics including significant fines to discourage private citizens from asserting their rights.

Don’t take my word for it – read some of the excellent articles and comments:

When A Farmer Punches Back at the Feds – AG Web (most recent article on the case)

Trial Court Ruling in Duarte Nursery v. Army Corps of Engineers Concerning for Landowners – Texas A&M Ag Life Extension

Ruling in Favor of Army Corps is Game Changer for Agriculture – United Ag

A Farmer’s Due Process Rights are Plowed Under by the Feds – Pacific Legal

A Google search of “John Duarte farmer” returns many more responses with varying degrees of information and sources.

Scary, indeed.

 

Happy Easter

by Miriam - April 16th, 2017

A Peek into the Playbook

by Miriam - April 15th, 2017

Great article from RECODE

This is Jeff Bezos’ Playbook

The article reproduces Jeff Bezos’ (Amazon CEO) 2017 annual letter to shareholders.  Interesting philosophy that completely dispenses with the careful, conservative, considered approach of most large corporations.

Well worth the read.