Drought’s Hidden Killing Power

Rain makes corn. Corn makes whiskey. Whiskey sounds pretty good when it’s only rained .7 inches in 3 months. The drought that has affected millions across the U.S. has cost farmers and ranchers more than what is on the surface. It’s obvious to a trained eye to see a field that has been affected by the lack of rain. Corners of leaves are turned up, growth has been stunted, and instead of looking a healthy green, the plant has a tint of yellow and looks fragile. Farmers in the Dakota’s…

The Ag Kid that was never a Farm Kid

I grow up in a town in Minnesota. Located just an hour north of the Twin Cities, finding groceries was never a difficult task. But, unlike many of my peers, I was more interested in how those shelves were filled than what was on them. Agriculture sparked my interest when I was about 5 years old; when we would visit my great-uncle and my cousins and I would play in the hay loft and ‘moo’ at the cattle. But I didn’t grow up on a farm, what the heck was I doing…

There Never Were Antibiotics in your Damn Milk!

Maybe the title is a little aggressive. I tried finding a way to get the point across kindly. But, it sure “grinds my gears” when marketing campaigns use hippy language to convince the general public that they have found a NEW idea (that has been a regulation for quite some time). Antibiotic Free! Like the idea of not allowing humans to consume antibiotics given to animals, through their meat or other products, wasn’t something people already thought of.

Depression is Hard enough; Judgment isn’t needed.

**I’m not a medical professional, just someone who has had their own struggles with depression. None of what I say in here should be taken as professional advice. If you or someone you love is thinking about suicide, please contact the suicide hotline (listed on the bottom).** Suicide. The word itself just looks ugly. Mental Illness is ugly. It’s like a corroded cog inside that no one sees. It touches everything and leaves residue on everything, on every aspect of life. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 20 people…