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The Friday Five: Farm Progress Show Edition

The Friday Five: Farm Progress Show Edition

Public opinion, storytelling, ribbons, FPS, Hawaii and more: five links to catch you up on the week in food and agriculture.

GMOs: A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down: I just love this opinion piece from Forbes. And I'm a big fan of the imagined cro-magnon tweets. Because 2014 Twitter can be just about as ridiculous. This piece takes a hard look at how the Internet and social media has allowed those who are against technology to shape public opinion. It's a good one to share, too.

Farm Progress Show: It was a glorious first two days in Boone, Iowa. See Willie Vogt's daily blog link below for more.

This Will Be the Top Business Skill of the Next 5 Years: I'm going to kill the suspense and tell you: it's storytelling. I missed this Contently post when it came out earlier this year but it's had an impressive lifespan online already. As agricultural producers, I firmly believe that our ability to communicate – to tell our story – will impact our businesses in the next 5 years. Will the impact be positive or negative?

Ribbon Pillows: Fair season has nearly wound down and if you showed anything, you likely have a pile of ribbons sitting around. Check out this segment from KWQC television in the Quad Cities, where my friend, Sara Leary is interviewed about her ribbon pillows, totes and quilts. Sara is a talented quiltmaker, taking farm scenes and crafting them into quilts. Ribbons were the next logical progression, and they're just beautiful. For more, check out her Front Porch Patterns website.

Day 1: Farm Progress Show Week: Farm Progress editorial director Willie Vogt has been blogging all week from the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa; this link takes you to the first post and has links to the rest of the week, too. We were incredibly disappointed that weather forced the cancellation of yesterday's show, and I know show staff was, too.

Federal Judge Invalidates Kauai's Anti-GMO Law: Kauai County's anti-GMO law was struck down this week, in a move media is calling a win for biotechnology supporters. The Hawaii Farmer's Daughter says, however, the damage has already been done to island agriculture.

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