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Ann Larkin Hansen – How to Buy Farmland, Even If You Think You Can’t

For those of us who were born to farm but, alas, not born on a farm, the ache to have your own land can be so intense you feel it in your belly. I thought it could never happen for me. But now, after 20 years of farming and 15 years of interviewing farmers, I’m pretty sure that almost anyone …

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Scott Tips – Hot Times in Geneva: How to Force More Drug Ill-Effects on Billions of People and Make Tons of Money

Most people would not think of Geneva, Switzerland as an uncomfortably hot city.  But each and every time I’ve been here, it has been. The city was so hot this most recent trip that I actually saw two trees fighting over a dog. Still, the reason for braving the heat here was a good and necessary one: The 38th session of …

Public school violates First Amendment by firing vegan teacher over private Facebook post – J. D. Heyes

A second-grade teacher in Smithville, Ohio, was fired from his job in December because he wrote on his Facebook page that he was against dairy farming. According to local affiliate Fox8, Keith Allison is a vegan and animal rights advocate who often openly posts his views regarding those issues to his Facebook page. In August, Allison took pictures of a local …

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Choosing Life – Chris Hedges

The affable, soft-spoken dairy farmer stood outside his 70-stall milking barn on his 230-acre family farm. When his father started farming there in 1950 were about 800 dairy farms in New York state’s Orange County. Only 39 survive. Small, traditional farms have been driven out of business by rising real estate prices, genetic manipulation of cows, industrial-scale hormone use that …

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Organic dairy farming struggles to keep up with demand

Mark Wickenhauser stood in the doorway of his weathered 1910 barn and viewed the dark soil that will soon sprout a pasture rich with alfalfa and other grasses. He has worked all his life at the family dairy farm near Cologne in Carver County but switched from conventional to organic farming in 2005. “It wasn’t the popular thing to do, …