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Posts by Neilson Conklin

Critical Need for a Strategic Industry

December 10, 2012 Farm -labor

As agriculture faces the task of doubling production by 2050, one of the major challenges is developing a workforce for the 21st century. Many of us who grew up on farms in the last century remember a day when most farm work was done by family members. Indeed, it wasn’t...

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Real culprit is policy failures

January 18, 2013 1_17_13banner

When I opened the Sunday New York Times, the first thing I read was Elisabeth Rosenthal’s article on growing biofuel demand and hunger pangs in Guatemala. My interest was heightened, because I know those pangs of hunger are real—my nephew is a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala working...

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Time for a new era of dialogue

June 21, 2013 6-20-13 Banner

As the president of a non-advocacy organization, my focus is on informing the debate with comprehensive, objective information, rather than shaping the political landscape. I rarely watch Congressional debates and votes. Yesterday was an exception, as I watched the last hours of the House farm bill debate streaming from CSPAN...

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Foodies and Aggies play on tribal bonds

October 10, 2013 10-10-13 Banner

Chipotle's Scarecrow video on You Tube continues to draw attention and controversy, a measure of the power of its imagery and message.  I have counted at least a dozen articles in outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, to USA Today, Mother Jones and Civil Eats....

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The Day After Food Day

October 18, 2013 10-18-13 Banner

On the eve of Food Day Mark Bittman articulated an alternative vision for the future of agriculture in his essay, How to Feed the World. This was Bittman at his best, laying out his case that our current food and agricultural system is broken and must be transformed...

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