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Posted inAgriculture

Letter from Langdon: Notes from the Flood

EDITOR’S NOTE: Throughout the flooding in the Midwest along the Missouri River, we’ve stayed in touch with Daily Yonder columnist Richard Oswald, whose land and structures near the Missouri River have been inundated. Richard has provided frequent email updates about conditions and consequences in northwest Missouri and other parts of the Midwest. The emails are […]

Posted inRural Voters

Letter from Langdon: Missouri Dislikes Democrats but Likes Their Policies

Bright red Missouri bleeds blue.   Here in red Missouri, the wave of blue looked more like another cyclical crimson tide. But this year marked what may be a new low in Democratic representation with the loss by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill to inexperienced state Attorney General Josh Hawley.    Hawley won soundly against Claire with President Trump’s endorsement after only […]

Posted inPolitics and Government

Letter from Langdon: Money Doesn’t Just Talk – It Screams

It happens all the time. A card in the mail or a phone call — someone wants to pitch a time share membership, insurance, or extended warranties. For farmers? A lengthy, time consuming questionnaire designed to sell farm chemicals, pesticides, seeds, fertilizer, or maybe its Google calling, wanting to list the business.    They all have one thing […]

Posted inAgriculture

Letter from Langdon: USDA Science Nominee Doesn’t Have a Beaker’s Worth of Experience

The Under Secretary shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from among distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics. That’s what the US Code says about the criteria for appointment to be Undersecretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and […]

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Letter from Langdon: High-Tech Ag Still Comes Down to Putting Bulls and Heifers Together

Farmers continually receive slick marketing about the latest technological advances in agriculture. Patented plant genetics, GPS-tracking computerized equipment controlled by proprietary software, and new pesticides (or old pesticides with new applications). Even many of the basic inputs used to produce crops get a sales pitch. For example, nitrogen, which is made from plentiful natural gas, […]