Farm to Fork

with Casey Langan


D.C. fiddles while the Midwest burns

Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. This phrase has come to epitomize those who occupy themselves with unimportant matters while neglecting priorities during a crisis. It’s an old story with a painfully real message for the present day. Instead of passing a U.S. farm bill, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are consumed by election-year politicking and posturing. Meanwhile, the worst drought in decades is gripping the throat of the nation’s breadbasket. Right now, D.C. is fiddling while the Midwest burns.

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China, China, China …

It was 10 years ago this month that I traveled to China as a farm reporter and member of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program. It’s a fascinating place, but not always for the right reasons. A decade later, not a day goes by when the mammoth nation on the other side of the globe doesn’t come up when I’m discussing agriculture as the spokesman for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

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America’s Veggieland?

Home to over 1 million cows, Wisconsin still rightfully deserves its America’s Dairyland moniker, and when it comes to crops, even a casual observer of our countryside can see that corn is king. What I’m not sure of is whether Wisconsinites realize what a player our state is when it comes to growing vegetables.

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Record yield AND record prices!?!

That was one of the big headlines that I came away with from last month’s Ag Outlook Forum. The annual event on the UW-Madison campus is held in conjunction with the release of the annual “Status of Wisconsin Agriculture” report.

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Call it the “Food Bill”

That would be my first recommendation for those crafting the 2012 U.S. Farm Bill . After all, 76% of the farm bill’s spending goes to nutrition, food stamps, and school lunch programs. It’s a fact that often gets overlooked by the media and the general public when criticisms are leveled against farm subsidies. The legislation is really about feeding our citizens, not just providing a safety net for farmers.

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