OK...it's once again time for your audacious commentator to give his hot takes on the agriculture stories that will make news in 2021. This year I've enlisted the help of Homer Simpson who truly knows something about predicting agricultural events before they happened (witness the Simpson take on a horsemeat scandal and the invention of the “tomacco plant”).
ByMarissa Plescia, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
When Pam Uhlenkamp separated from her husband earlier this year, she knew the person to call.
As a farm business management instructor, Uhlenkamp mentors farmers one-on-one. When she notices they’re stressed, she refers them to the man who’s been the go-to counselor for Minnesota farmers for decades. The morning after the separation, she called him, and, by the afternoon, she sat opposite Ted Matthews.
“Today sucks. Tomorrow is going to suck. The next three weeks are going to suck,” Uhlenkamp remembered Matthews telling her in their first session.
“He was very honest with me,” she said. “Sometimes in life you kind of need the two-by-four across the head that says, ‘Yep, this is awful and this is the reality.’”
ByCynthia Voelkl/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Not good news for the dairy farmers. After Dean announced it had filed for bankruptcy, Dairy Farmers of America said it was in “advanced discussions” on an acquisition. A merger would all but guarantee lower income for farmers.
Scrutiny of the nation's mental health system has followed the January shooting rampage that seriously injured U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and killed six others. Click on the logos to the left to read stories published Wednesday that feature contributions from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. Also, find out why Kansas is in poor company in a new report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI_report