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Discovering the origins of COVID-19 is about preventing another pandemic. Maybe Communist China can’t be forced to tell the truth, but Congress must compel the National Institutes of Health and … more
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called on President Biden to promptly appoint qualified individuals to the position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the role of Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. more
Sweet transition from the heat, from the work, from the hard, rough edges of life. On we go now to autumn, to black, lacy leaves and twigs standing out against an orange sky. The mornings now have that coolness, that chill that tells us we once again have made it through the heat and toil and can sit back now and then and reflect on things. more
They have the power to tell love stories, fuse friendships and end wars. They can convey profound thanks, apology or heartrending regret. They can alter history. Words written on paper by a human hand---letters. more
Democrats want to dismantle a century-old tax law that has protected American agriculture. more
“They work hard,” Mom said. “They need a good meal to keep them going.” It was called dinner then and was the biggest meal of the day on our farm. Mom and her daughters prepared a “meat and potatoes” spread every day. She was adamant that the men be washed up and at the table at noon. After all, it would not do to serve watery potatoes or dry roast beef. more
Afghanistan has guns but they are in the hands of the wrong people. more
A humanitarian crisis. A national security crisis. A public health crisis. That’s the reality at our southern border. We’re nearly seven months into the Biden Administration, and they are refusing to step up and take action. more
I couldn’t find him anywhere! Mom had sent me outside to find Dad. He was not in the barn. He was not in the shop. I headed to the Quonset. The farm machines were parked neatly in their places along the walls. Only the John Deere Model 65 pull-behind combine had been hauled from its usual spot to the middle of the massive shed. more
Willingness to try and to learn new skills is imperative to navigating life. There is always more to learn. Learning happens in school, through trial and error, personal research and time spent with others who already know what you need to learn. more
The Harrison County and 4 County Fairs recently concluded for another year we were in a unique position to witness the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work. more
Just south of the house a large cement tank extended up eighteen inches from the ground. A heavy round cover fit perfectly over the top. It took a lot of muscle to move the cover, but at a very young age, each of us was warned to never mess with that cistern. It was a deep tank that contained the water for our household use. During a heavy rain, one of the folks would step outside and pull the lever on the downspout that allowed rain water to fill the reservoir. When rain was scarce, we called William and Darlene, a dear couple from Erwin, and paid them to haul in a tank of water from De Smet. Though the cistern held a couple thousand gallons, a family of eight used a lot of water. Needless to say we never luxuriated in neck-deep bubble baths. As with everything else those days, we did not waste water on our South Dakota farm. more
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