What Do Farmers Want?

What Do Farmers Want?

What do farmers want? Market research is no different than any other business. There’s always a shiny new object that the leading firms develop and promote as the new big thing, with better consumer insights than ever before. It started when Japan began selling...
Farming dreams just went up on auction

Farming dreams just went up on auction

All over America, grown men are crying – okay, maybe just on the inside – as they put on a brave face and talk about next year being better. But make no mistake: Their hearts are breaking. Farming dreams. I hope North Dakota is not a leading indicator,...
Why Do Farmers Farm?

Why Do Farmers Farm?

For the first year in many, I had a garden last summer. The details aren’t pretty. Suffice it to say, I would not last long as a farmer. My planting was poor, my irrigation sporadic, and while my weed control was pretty good, it was not enough to overcome my...
Family Is the Strength of the Family Farm

Family Is the Strength of the Family Farm

I’ve been binge watching Blue Bloods from the beginning of its eight seasons. I am just starting season three. It strikes me that the show might be an analogy for all family businesses, but of course, family farm businesses are closest to my heart and the ones I...