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Editors Comment on Climate Change, Cash Rent, Dirty Campaigns and More

Editors Comment on Climate Change, Cash Rent, Dirty Campaigns and More

Besides working diligently each month to provide a wide range of information for their readers, Farm Progress editors also have a spot in the magazine to editorialize – voice their opinion.

Since you likely only see what the editor of your state magazine has written, I thought I'd share links to editorials in some of our other state publications.

The lighter side: Curt Arens, Nebraska Farmer, lives on the farm that has been in his family for generations. In his "Bow Creek Chronicles" in the November issue, Curt reminisces about family memories around the dinner table. I'm sure many readers will be able to identify with Curt's musings about how the dinner table is often used for more than eating dinner!

Climate change doubters: In the same issue Editor Don McCabe states "If you doubt climate change exists or, it if does, you don't believe we humans are the cause, then Sept. 25 was not a good day for you."

Don summarizes a University of Nebraska report that notes "The scientific evidence 'confirms with a high degree of certainty' that humans are the cause behind rising concentrations of greenhouse gases – from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to today."

Whether you believe that's true or not, Don's "Our Say" is worth reading.

Landlord won't cut rent: Dakota Farmer editor Lon Tonneson took a phone call from an irate reader who exclaimed, "How dare you publish something like this?"

The caller was responding to an article that ran in October Dakota Farmer "Letter to Landlords" and in it the article the author wrote "Landlords, you need to lower the cash rent for 2015."

Lon sums up his "Our Say" column, with these words "Could this be your landlord? I hope not."

Dirty political campaigns: P.J. Griekspoor, Kansas Farmer, pulled out all the stops in "As I See It" and points out "political ads this year have ventured into a realm of nastiness, which surpasses even the deliberate misinformation and smearing that soiled mailboxes and airwaves in 2012…"

P.J. tells me she received some pretty strong feedback. That doesn’t bother her and it doesn't bother me – that's part of the job of an editor – analyze, digest the news, research, etc. and offer an opinion. We don't expect everyone to agree. In fact, we feel we've done our job if we stir things up a bit from time to time.

Many of you won't agree with some of P.J.'s points. But I'm sure you will agree with her premise on political campaigns in general.

Appeal for 4-H support: Our editors also support causes and organizations important to farmers and rural life. Jennifer Vincent Kiel starts off her "Editor's Note" in Michigan Farmer noting how as Thanksgiving approaches it's a good time to reflect on our blessings rather than Ebola, drive-by shootings, etc. She extols the virtues of volunteering and asks for support for the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

It's a good example of how we at Farm Progress support organizations such as 4-H and FFA.

These are just a few examples from some of our editors I thought you might find interesting.

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