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Baxter Black

Baxter Black tackles ag issues with a strong funny bone. Black is an American cowboy, poet, philosopher and former veterinarian.

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In the movie “Forrest Gump,” the hero is a nice man with a low IQ whose simplistic reasoning usually made sense. His response to anyone who called him stupid was to say, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

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Have you read The Little Engine That Could to your kids or grandkids? Dr. Tom told me a story that brought it back to me.

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People ask where I got my mittens, my saddle blanket, my wild rag, my dog’s muffler and my colorful selection of pot holders that hang in my tackroom. I always change the subject, but the time has come to confess.

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I was reminded of Harry Johnson today.

I’d been drivin’ down a long stretch of country road. The snow blowin’ up in the rearview mirror, a thermos of coffee in the seat, and the sun warmin’ the cab of the pickup.

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According to a food scientist at the University of Arizona, more than 100,000 plant and animal varieties have become endangered over the last quarter-century. In addition, it is commonly believed that only about 100 species of crops and livestock provide most of the food in the world.

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There is a bridge to cross in understanding between those who live off the land (rural), and those who benefit from it (urban) but have no personal relationship with it.

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