Super Bowl 46 captured media attention for weeks before, during and after the game. Magazines and television commercials taunted easy to prepare and serve recipes for that special gathering of friends. Team clothing stores beckoned avid fans to support their team and show their colors.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Fanfare for farmers
Judging from editorials in the Upper Missouri River Basin following the Great Flood of 2011, you would think major changes are in order. They argue last year’s event was a call to action; an affirmation of their long-held belief the system is broken.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Recovery from ruin
At the the dawning of a new year, remembrances of the previous one give way to what lies ahead. Christmas decorations are boxed and stored for another year, and tax preparation is underway.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Out with the old and in with the new
"Jobs, jobs, jobs" seems to be the campaign theme for both major parties in 2012, and while unemployment is a terrible hardship, we can be thankful that the campaign is not about "food, food, food."
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Agriculture’s stellar performance
More than 3.5 million children aged 14 and under received medical treatment last year for sports injuries.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Lessons learned from scooping corn and walking beans
As I look at taking the Christmas tree down this week, I am thinking it will make nice mulch for someone, or a great home for some well-deserving fish. But regardless of our tree’s afterlife, it has helped create memories that will last for years.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Memories made from trees
Christmas is not just for those in the city where stores are abundant and bright lights shine pretty.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: The Farmer’s Tale
"Made in USA" are three words you won’t see very often on items sold by major retailers. It’s so true of consumer goods that a store in upstate New York is making a name for itself by selling only items made in the United States.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Made in USA
Much of the water has receded, but the Flood of 2011 won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: People must come first in flood recovery
by Denny Banister
Tradition is tradition, often difficult to explain, We do it because we do it, not to would be insane.
Nationalities, races and religions have traditions they must follow, Without traditions, traditional times would be meaningless, void and hollow.
Americans each year at Thanksgiving have a traditional Thanksgiving feast, The traditional meat served
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Traditional Thanksgiving turkey
By the time you read this, I’ll be gone – from Missouri Farm Bureau, that is. After 35 years of reporting on the radio and writing for newspapers, it is time to give my wheezing voice and arthritic typing fingers a rest, something some feel would have been more effective had I done so 35 years ago.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Tired from retiring
Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, seems to get lost in the shuffle! Fall events like Halloween and Thanksgiving have a short shelf life before stores bring out the Christmas goods.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday
(This is a reprint of an article used in this column many times before for Veteran’s Day. Every time I try to write something new for Veteran’s Day, I find I am unable to better express my feelings for those who served in our military. If you have read this before, I hope you will find it worth your time to read it once again.)
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I read an article on a popular medical internet site recently listing what the author considered the 10 Worst Foods in Your Fridge. It quickly became obvious to me the author has not seen inside my refrigerator. I have every one of the 10 in my fridge, but they are nowhere near the worst.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Behind closed refrigerator doors
Was it July or August? It was one of those hot summer months when I noticed one of the vacant stores at a nearby strip mall had reopened as Halloween City, one stop shopping for all your Halloween needs. Excuse me, all of your Halloween needs? What happened to a pumpkin, a candle and candy?
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Hooked on Halloween
One farm program cannot fit all farmers.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Productivity depends on ‘big picture’
When the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) was formed in November 2010, it was the first time all of agriculture came together under one banner to speak with one voice in the food conversation arena.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Alliance up for the daunting task ahead
Am I the only one who gets lost trying to figure out which holidays fall on what days? It took an act of Congress to make it so confusing, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Congress changed many of our holidays to Mondays rather than the actual date of the event being recognized, but not all of them.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Navigating federal holidays
by Denny Banister
Observations from a man turning 67:
· Girl’s shorts are much shorter.
· You wonder where the hair on your legs went.
· Your body gets brand new skin every three weeks, but it’s still old and wrinkled.
· Coffee no longer keeps you awake.
· Men call you sir and women
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Observations of age
While National Farm Safety Week is recognized during the final full week of September to coincide with the normal peak of fall harvest activity, harvest is not the most dangerous season of the year for farmers. That dubious honor belongs to spring planting season.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: It’s bad news and good news
To hear President Obama and members of Congress talk, there is broad support for pending trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. After all, the U.S. unemployment rate continues to hover around 9% and leaders are trying to figure out how to create jobs. Increasing U.S. exports is one way.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Create jobs and improve U.S. balance of trade
Monday, Sept. 5, is the 117th observance of Labor Day in the United States. We can thank America’s labor unions, the real creators of Labor Day, for this national holiday. The industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries resulted in vast numbers of people leaving the farm to live in cities and to work in factories.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: Labor Day and agriculture
Think you’ve seen the last of HSUS? In true Freddy Krueger fashion, "They’re BACK!"
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: They’re BACK!
President Obama spent time in the Midwest recently conducting a tour of rural America. We appreciate his interest in our part of the world, and would urge him to come back and continue his tour along the Missouri River, where historic flooding has displaced hundreds of rural residents and covered hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: If you breach it, you fix it
With the price of gas and current state of the economy, many Missouri families find it more difficult to take big, extravagant vacations. More people are taking advantage of the thriving agritourism industry across the state.
Continue reading Cut to the Chase: A new type of vacation