Initiating constructive conversations about GMOs

By Dave Coggins
For MAA

Technology abounds in the world around us, from the smartphones we carry to the motorized equipment used in the field. Embracing and talking about the advantages of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) shouldn’t be any different.

Agricultural producers have long looked to technology to become more productive and efficient. We all know the science, technology and painstaking regulatory process that GMOs go through before they can help our industry grow more food, more affordably. It is admittedly a challenge to counter the movement by many in the food industry – be it Nestle, Dannon, Panera Bread or Chipotle – that is capitalizing on people’s fear of what they don’t know: that somehow, GMOs are inherently bad.

You know differently. I know differently. But somehow, for the regular consumer, science isn’t what’s prevailing in their minds.

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Planning for potential business disasters vital

By Dave Coggins
For MAA
Recent news showcased how more than 50 dairy farms were nearly devastated by the Canadian trade policies that forced Grassland Dairy Products to drop them as patrons. While that roller-coaster experience has ended with nearly all of the affected farms finding new processors, it should serve as a wake-up call for every farm owner to plan for the unthinkable.
Most farmers are well-equipped in terms of insuring their business against potential acts of nature. But many are not so prepared for other types of disasters that warrant having a “Plan B” if they want their business to survive.
While it’s human nature to want to avoid the unthinkable, planning for all types of disasters is a crucial part of farming operations.

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Planning for potential business disasters is vital

By Dave Coggins
For MAA

Recent news showcased how more than 50 dairy farms were nearly devastated by the Canadian trade policies that forced Grassland Dairy Products to drop them as patrons. While that roller-coaster experience has ended with nearly all of the affected farms finding new processors, it should serve as a wake-up call for every farm owner to plan for the unthinkable.

Most farmers are well-equipped in terms of insuring their business against potential acts of nature. But many are not so prepared for other types of disasters that warrant having a “Plan B” if they want their business to survive.

While it’s human nature to want to avoid the unthinkable, planning for all types of disasters is a crucial part of farming operations.

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