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Troendle Letter to the editor


Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about farm size

How we as a society like to put things into nice neat categories. Last week, a Sierra Club National Committee Member wrote a letter to the editor which suggests that farms are either small, sustainable, family farms or they are large, corporate, confinement farms. However, this is not reality. Many organizations want to simplify farms this way. But when organizations are so far off on this basic premise, one should take a moment and question the direction of their organizational goals.

Family farms are indeed an important part of our society. But farms come in all sizes and there is no magic point at which the family disappears from the farm. A 1960s style farm may paint a pretty picture, but every farm has adopted modernization practices to ease the workload, to increase production, or to improve the stewardship of their resources. Many have chosen size and economies of scale as their path to stay in business or to enable them to obtain their income solely from the farm. The family remains. Their land, their animals, their heritage are held with great pride. The vast majority of farms, of all sizes, are under family ownership and control.

Farmers of every size do a wide array of things to protect the land and water, to care for their animals, to be a valued part of their society. To do otherwise would go against those beliefs that farmers hold most dear. The size of a farm does not correlate with how well it cares for the environment. Across the full spectrum of size, you will undoubtedly find variances in how well things are being done. Since the larger farms are generally under more scrutiny, perhaps it becomes even more likely that they will be doing things in a more environmentally friendly manner.

No farm can operate without an agricultural infrastructure- feed suppliers, veterinarians, equipment dealers, ag lenders, and much more. As long as an area maintains adequate numbers in agriculture to support these businesses which means volume of production as well as quantity of farms an opportunity will exist for those interested to pursue niche marketing as their choice of a way to remain a viable operation. Farmers who are direct marketing to consumers, entering the organic marketplace, or coming up with other innovations are a wonderful part of the intricate web of farming, and can clearly be commended for their efforts. But we are .....
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Sauer, M.D. Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

Since the last Preston City Council meeting it has become apparent that there is much misinformation circulating in town. Most, of course, concerns the proposed tire-burning plant. Most appears to be rumor ..... 
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Lernout - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Letter requesting info about soldier from Whalan

My name is Patrick Lernout. I live in Waregem-Belgium about one mile from the U.S. Flanders Field military cemetery. I am interested in the history of World War I, so this cemeter ..... 
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Larsen - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Letter about skate park

I am writing this as a response to The youth of Fillmore County need a skate park (October 20 Journal). In his article Mason Seablom states how good it would be of the people of Fillmore County to build ..... 
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Sackett - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about dog killed near Bristol Center

This is to the person driving along by the house with the white picket fence on Hwy. 44 in Bristol Center the evening of October 10, and you know who you are. We try to teach our child ..... 
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Rushford Historical Socity - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about Root River Trail Wagon Ride

Like many other organizations, we encourage our elderly members to take advantage of the yearly Root River Trail Wagon Ride for the elderly and handicapped. Nearly every member has either ..... 
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McHan Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about dog killed near Bristol Center  To the person who ran over our dog:  As you were traveling down Hwy. 44 west toward Bristol Center you passed by a house with a white picket fence and chil ..... 
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Lucas - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about picking corn

I was interested in Mr. Pikes reference to picking corn by hand in last weeks Journal (October 13, 2003). The last person my father hired to hand pick corn, in the early 1940s, was Dewey Palmer, for ..... 
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Johnson, Robert K - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about nuclear weapons

Sept. 16 the Senate approved $15 million to research a Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator that would be up to 70 times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The intended use is to destroy enemy ..... 
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