The Farm Bill

Sometimes Seeing The Beauty

Betwixt and Between

Subsidizing Big Ag

Small Farms Left Out of Farm Bill
By Charlene Oldham

A great 'roller' moves across the land during the Dust Bowl, photo courtesy of USDA NRCS.

Central Region Tightening its Fruit Belt

By Heidi Lewis

In agriculture, weather is more than a conversation starter—rain, sun, wind, and frost are collectively the Numero Uno topic for farmers. This year for Midwest farmers, weather is more about the Walk than the Talk. The Midwest fruit belt region in general, including southwest Michigan, where The FruitGuys buys a lot of local fruit, has had devastating fruit yields this summer.

Due to extreme weather shifts, many Midwest farmers have had devastatingly low yields.

April is the Not-So-Nicest Month

By Heidi Lewis

The National Cherry Blossom Festival was recently held in Washington, D.C. This year’s festival commemorated the centennial of Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. in 1912. The ornamental trees rim West Potomac Park’s Tidal Basin, which reflects their snowy canopy. Their beauty and a slew of special events attract about a million visitors to the festival annually.

To Spray Or Not To Spray

Talking About The Weather

By Chris Mittelstaedt

There’s a fast-paced smart device game called “Fingerzilla” that lets you rain Godzilla-like destruction down upon virtual cityscapes and towns using only your finger. While being at the helm of such fiery chaos may make users feel invincible, the truth is that we are all at the mercy of the elements in ways we often forget.

The Lemon Lady

In The Nick of Time

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