Do Farmers Really Need Nitrogen Fertilizer? – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

As we hear more and more about agriculture’s contributions to climate change, a lot of people are wondering why farmers can’t just stop using fertilizer. Some link the need for fertilizer to “industrial” agriculture, or “corporate” farming, or worst of them all, “factory farming”. Many people seem to believe the use of fertilizer strip-mines the … Read more

The Courage to Prevail – How Churchill Gave People Hope (and why we need that now) – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

The night is darkest just before the dawn. I just finished what may be one of my favorite books of all time: The Splendid and the Vile, by Erik Larson. It’s a 503-page book that reads like a fast-paced war/spy thriller novel, centered on Winston Churchill, as he navigates through the blitz on London from … Read more

Why Are Farms Getting So BIG? – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

Hint – it’s not because they’re greedy “factory farms”. The farm I’m involved with got its start many decades ago. My grandparents started farming in another area after marrying, where they lived in two grain bins pushed together. Grandma told me recently that the water leaks may well have been the worst part of that … Read more

Don’t Tell Farmers How To Farm – Ask Them Instead – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

I recently attended a virtual conference, hosted by CityAge, called “Farming for the Future”. This digital event included discussions around regenerative agriculture, soil health, farming practices that reduce carbon emissions, and so on. Truth be told, it was an interesting and well-organized event, with many of the speakers and panelists taking thoughtful positions on the … Read more