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With fire season upon us and the now annual plumes of smoke everywhere, pouring into our lungs and making us forget what summer in the Northwest used to be like, the Washington Farm Bureau is making sure that farmworkers get maximum exposure to smoke. In mid-June, the Washington Farm Bureau, the state’s largest agricultural lobby […]
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This is the grave of Cyrus McCormick. Born in 1809 in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he grew up a tinkerer. His father was an inventor of agricultural machines. The father had long thought about the idea of a mechanical reaper. So in the early 1830s, he and his son developed it together, aided of course by […]

Death on the Farms

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On December 29, 2020

I’ve long written about working and living conditions in American agriculture. Like with everything else, COVID-19 has only exacerbated the inequality being farmworkers and consumers. The terrib

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I’ve always gotten a certain amusement about the banality of corn. I am not the only person who feels this way. If you watch Conan O’Brien written episodes of The Simpsons, back 8 decades ago when the show was good, there are a number of hilarious corn-based jokes. So I felt it was time for […]
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Automation and Farming

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On June 5, 2020
This is an interesting little article on automation and farming. Most of the buzz surrounding vehicular automation and autonomy is found in the circles of transportation, where technophiles tout driverless cars as a cure-all for everything from traffic jams to environmental pollution. But operator-free vehicles have almost endless potential uses and could force businesses to […]
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