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Farmers started daylight saving time? More pop culture nonsense

Farmers started daylight saving time?  More pop culture nonsense

By Gene Hall

A friend pointed out recently that a comic named Pete Holmes took a cheap shot at farmers. He blames them for Daylight Saving Time (DST) and acts out a few unfortunate caricatures.

I won’t post the link because we have rules about certain language here. I’m not trying to be judgmental. It was humor, not history, but our rules are what they are. The clip is easy enough to find on YouTube.

This guy is not the first and won’t be the last to sucker punch the reputation of farmers and ranchers. Hey, that sums up Chipotle’s marketing plan. I don’t want to overreact, but farmers aren’t responsible for Daylight Saving Time.

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Big Brother is watching the farm and his name is EPA

Big Brother is watching the farm and his name is EPA

By Mike Barnett

Big Brother is watching the farm and his name is EPA.

In this age of free-flowing information, when most anything can be found in cyberspace, it’s a little disconcerting that government knows the most intimate details of your family, finances and business. It’s downright alarming when they release that information to those who might do you harm.

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released personal information about thousands of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in 20 states in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from three environmental organizations. The massive data release included home phone numbers, home emails, employee contact information, home addresses, GPS coordinates and, in some cases, personal notes about the families, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

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Agricultural labor has no ‘one size fits all’ solution

Agricultural labor has no ‘one size fits all’ solution

By Gene Hall

I am a big fan of Dr. Thomas Sowell, a free market economist, except when he starts talking about agricultural labor and immigration reform.

Dr. Sowell’s support of the free market is something I appreciate most of the time. His latest article, however, challenging a “need” for workers in agriculture, has missed the target. He wrote that we don’t need immigration reform and a guest worker program for agriculture. In his opinion, paying more for labor will get you plenty of American workers.

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Reflections in a Rain Puddle

Reflections in a Rain Puddle

By Si Cook

TFB Organization Director

I was in South Texas the last weekend in April trying to accomplish a week’s worth of ranch work in one day. On Saturday, my time was cut short by a strange and wonderful event–a three-and-a-half inch rain!

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Animal care is my responsibility

Animal care is my responsibility

By Justin Dauer

I’m often puzzled by the notion that livestock are abused in pursuit of the almighty dollar.

I know some of that sentiment is generated by images seen on television or the internet of animal mistreatment. Just to set the record straight, I think anyone who abuses livestock should be out of the business. I do not condone abuse of any animal for any reason. Neither do the other farmers and ranchers I know.

But I can tell you about the welfare of my livestock.

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