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The Friday Five: Private Property Edition

The Friday Five: Private Property Edition

Farmer anger, runaway cars, land ownership and more: here are five links to catch you up on the week in food and agriculture.

Dear Consumer: This has to be one of the most concise posts I've ever read about the things that make modern farmers a little crazy. I kept copying quotes to share and realized I'd soon have the whole post copied. So here's my real favorite, because real people have said this very thing to me, expecting farmers to go back to the way someone's mythical grandpa farmed: "I get angry that you want the latest and greatest gadgets in every aspect of your life, and then expect me to put on overalls and grab a pitchfork, and farm the way someone told you that your great Grandfather did in the 1940s." Amen.

Respect our farming roots: USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke at the University of Illinois this week and the student newspaper, The Daily Illini, wrote this editorial. As someone who sat in journalism classes with the kids who ran that paper – and saw how many of them were Chicago urbanites getting a liberal arts degree to go with their different-from-ours-politics – let me just say that this is a refreshing editorial.

Fair board says NAILE is here to stay: If you're a livestock person, you may have followed the tumultuous summer that's surrounded the North American board and the political appointments that have turned it upside down. Here's a look at the latest, including a promise that the show must – and will – go on.

New land ownership data add value: That may be the driest headline ever but the data really is interesting. This is a look at USDA land ownership data, and where land will turnover first, and at what rate. But know this: policy makers will use this data to make decisions about U.S. agriculture.

My field is not your playground: Amen. A great post from Katie Pratt about the strange tendency of people to drive through fields or just generally assume they are public property. A friend who farms near suburbs says people will come out and cut their corn down in the fall to build shocks out of, for fall decoration. They'll say, "We didn't figure you'd mind!" She says she's always been tempted to go dig up a perennial from their landscaping, telling them, "I didn't figure you'd mind!"

Bonus #6!

Farmers: Trump 'terrible for agriculture': So, here's what Politico says farmers say about Trump. What do you say?

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