read about in this blog.
Friday, June 15, 2012
However, there is one family, Smith Farms, who is making the most of their newly installed autosteer -- as well as showing their peers how GPS can be beneficial (easier working conditions and more profit) to their operations.
I wrote more about it in a story for The Roanoke Times:
Friday, June 1, 2012
As a small-scale part-time farmer, my friends and office co-workers who live in the city think of me as being country through and through. Conversely, the farmers I'm surrounded by quickly lump me in with the rest of the "city folk" not based on where I live but rather because of where I work. It's strange to be a part of both worlds -- easily transitioning between the peoples and topics on each side -- but also never fully integrated into either of them.
I love having a foot in each of the worlds.
I carry some credibility into both of them. In five short years of rural living, I've twice strained my back severely, sprained my ankle, tore open my hand putting up fencing, gotten sunburned (a lot), picked dozens of ticks off my body, and cut my nose with a mishandled flat-head screwdriver. I've begun to understand why farming is so dangerous, especially for those who spend all day working on their properties.
But then there's the city side of me. I grew up in an urban area and have the educational background fitting to others who work there. I want to climb the corporate ladder, and I enjoy good restaurants and some of the amenities of the city.
Maybe that's why being near a growing yet blue-collar town like Roanoke is so fitting. Both sides of me can come out from time to time. I remember when I first moved here, I went to an opera, an art show opening, and a bull-riding competition within the first two months. Sounds like a pretty neat mixture to me.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The study itself: http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/archinternmed.2011.2287
Could it be that there's more to the lifestyle choices made than to the blame being on processed and unprocessed red meat? I think so. Our bodies are made to be omnivores, and that does include red meat. No, I wouldn't advocate a Double Whopper or a Baconater ever, but there have to be point of moderation with red meat that won't have a noticeable effect on people's mortality.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I see the arguments from both sides, but I agree most with the Botetourt County farmer I quoted: use common sense in these situations. There are sometimes going to be 14-year-olds who are more careful and mature than 20-year-olds. No two situations are alike. The laws should focus more on assurances that the farmer is competent to judge safe situations rather having the laws put an artificial age bracket on who may need assistance from the government.