CommonGround Wisconsin Dishes on Dairy

In Activism, Farming, Food, Guest Blogger by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary features a guest post from CommonGround Wisconsin volunteer and blogger Kim Bremmer. What a fun morning in Alma Center, Wisconsin with two buses full of high school students, teachers and the school nutritionist for an informal discussion about food!  Pfaffway Farm was our wonderful host and is home to over 200 milking cows and youngstock.  Kristin Pfaff …

A Bitter Rant with Bitter Consequences

In Activism, Biotechnology, Farming, Food by Cathryn

Daily news stories rail against attempts by the foodie elite to dictate the diets of Main Street Americans. From parents protesting school lunch menus to New Yorkers rallying in defense of the Big Gulp, average citizens stand firmly in support of their right to make decisions and ardently defend their personal freedoms. Yet, with carefully crafted theories and a plethora …

Newspaper’s Credibility At Issue

In American Ethanol, Biofuels, Blogroll, Corny News, Ethanol, Farm Bill, Farming, feed, Food, Food Prices, Media, Policy, Politics by Mark

In 36 years of being directly involved in agriculture and the issues that make it so…interesting, frustrating, rewarding, and painful…I have only seen one positive story written about the issues effecting the profession, especially ethanol, in the Chicago Tribune. I remain convinced to this day that it was a mistake that slipped by editors and that the cub reporter responsible …

Bridging the Gap between Farm Gates and America’s Plates

In Activism, Food, Guest Blogger by Cathryn

Looking at the myriad of activities NCGA and so many other organizations conduct to help share the story of farming with consumers, one might wonder about the impact on public opinion. Today, a blog post by Rajean Blomquist provided clear, concise evidence that open, real conversations between the women who grow food and those who purchase it make a difference. …

In a Deluge of Details, Seek Out the Substance of the Story

In Farming, Food, Media by Cathryn

Menus at many of the hottest restaurants in cities from Portland to Princeton read like a carefully crafted tome of local one-upmanship. The Smith family loving raised the joyful cow who willingly ended its sunny, grass-fed existence to bring you the finest six-ounce filet that money can buy. The Swiss chard accompanying it actually comes from the Jones family down …

Know It All

In Activism, Biotechnology, Food by Cathryn

Everyone may be entitled to an opinion, but the trend toward steadfastly believing completely unsubstantiated claims about food has hit a new high. According to a New York Times poll discussed in an article last Saturday, 93 percent of Americans felt food containing genetically modified or engineered ingredients should be identified with a label, but most went on to affirm …

Panera Chicken Claims Make as Much Sense as Hens Clucking

In Farming, Food, poultry by Cathryn

The marketers over at Panera are certainly a clever bunch. Only a few years after Chipotle upped its anti-antibiotic claims, the chain bakery decided to cluck a little louder about its use of antibiotic free chicken. The concept lack both originality and substance. This marketing tactic relies on the public to fill in a false blank. In boasting about the …

Giving Up Giving Up Meat

In Food, Livestock by Cathryn

The cafeterias that feed our nation’s federal legislators and their staffs are giving up giving up meat on Mondays. Surprisingly, this actually causes strife in some circles. As detailed in a recent article in Politico, the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association (yes, this is a real thing) holds the big beef lobby to blame for this sacrilege at the altar of …

Immigration Policy Impacts Food Affordability

In feed, Food, government, Livestock, Video by Cindy

Thanks to highly mechanized planting and harvesting, plus the advantage of a crop that can be stored for long periods of time, corn growers are largely able to function without the use of a migrant work force. But, even those row crop farmers who don’t directly employ migrant laborers have a reason to care about comprehensive immigration reform. The dairy …

Let’s Talk About Food

In Activism, Farming, Food, New Media, USFRA by Cathryn

For years now, the National Corn Growers Association, along with a broad array of other agricultural groups, has stressed the need for farmers to tell their own stories about food and farming. Time and time again, they have tried to direct attention to the growing public desire to understand what happens to the food on their tables prior to its …