If a Picture is Worth 1,000 Words, Let’s Send 1,000 Pictures to Start a Conversation

In Activism, Conservation, Food, General, Internet, New Media, Social Media by Cathryn

From Main Street to MTV, everyone is talking about food. Unfortunately, this conversation does not often include the people who grow it. CommonGround Conversations creates a space for America’s farm families, and the people who support them, to share the story.  Here, we have a meeting ground that will let you discover the values and hard work that underlie our …

Illinois Farm Caters to Corn Connoisseurs

In Conservation, Farming, Food, Video by Cindy

Some people may complain about the price of corn when it gets above around $4 a bushel, but there are corn connoisseurs who are willing to pay the equivalent of hundreds per bushel for special varieties that contribute to unique and delightful dishes. Iroquois White Corn has an unusual earthy flavor and a varied texture that chefs love and it’s …

Corn Bags Clean Up the Clean Up

In Conservation, Corny News, General, New Products, New Uses by Cathryn

For years, environmental activists have reinforced the negative impact that plastic bags, similar to those used in grocery stores, have upon the planet.  These ubiquitous bags can sit in landfills for over 1,000 years.  Now, people who love the planet and their dogs are championing a better option- corn-based biodegradable dog waste bags. Here, ingenuity and U.S. farming collide to …

How Many Farmers Does it Take to Be “Big Ag?”

In Activism, Blogroll, Conservation, Current News, Education, Environmental by Mark

 It is interesting to note the group change.org, on their “Sustainable Food” web site takes issue with the new CommonGround campaign which seeks to give exposure to family farmers and their efforts to educate the public about food and the people who raise/grow it. It is also ironic that if three “foodies” get together to offer their advice on how …

Response to PETA Article in Sacramento Bee

In Activism, Blogroll, Conservation, Current News, Education, Farming, Guest Blogger, Livestock, Promotion by Mark

 Today’s guest blogger is Jeff Fowle a fourth generation family farmer and rancher from Etna, California. He also writes a blog called Common Sense Agriculture.  I am writing in response to the opinion piece that was published in your Lifestyle section on October 11, 2010. It is sad that you would publish an article by an animal rights activist that …

Virginia Corn Farmers Practice Conservation In Action

In Conservation, Environmental, Policy by Chuck

Last week’s Conservation in Action Tour in Virginia included several farms where Chesapeake Bay area farmers have a rich history of good conservation practices, most notably no-till. In fact, many farms in the area have been in continuous no-till for decades! The tour is conducted each year by the Conservation Technology Information Center. I participated and spoke with Wayne Kirby, …