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Ken Root

 

Ken Root has been an agricultural reporter for 37 years. He grew up on a small farm in central Oklahoma and taught vocational agriculture as his first job after college at Oklahoma State University. He has worked in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa as a broadcaster. Root was the original host of AgriTalk from 1994 to 2001. He has also been the executive director of the National AgriChemical Retailers Association and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. He was recognized as the farm broadcaster of the year in 2009 and has won two Oscars in Agriculture for his reporting (1983 and 2008). Root now does daily radio and television programming and is a weekly columnist for the High Plains Journal and the Midwest Ag Journal.He can be reached at kenroot@gmail.com.


Trade counters conflict

By Ken Root We are about to enter into another trade-restricting, policy-disagreeing and sovereignty-disputing confrontation with Russia. As one who was taught to fear and hate the Soviet Union from my earliest memories, this escala

 




301 Articles:

AUG 11, 2014 —The sweet and sour of a progressive society

By Ken Root There are some actions of society that we call “progressive.” They start with cultural awareness of a problem. When pushed by activists, the issue becomes a movement and legislative [Read More]



AUG 4, 2014 —The cyclical nature of agriculture--never to be denied

By Ken Root Agriculture began in the modern era with the Russian Grain Deal of 1972. It was the first time demand had outstripped production, and U.S. farmers were shocke [Read More]



JUL 28, 2014 —The next generation of agricultural communicators: Ready to lead

By Ken Root My abstract view of the generation preparing to enter adult society has been skewed by what I see on television and what I observe in malls [Read More]



JUL 21, 2014 —Gone fishin'

By Ken Root Mid-summer and hot days bring out the fisherman in me. I consider fishing “purposeful loafing” with the remote possibility of providing food for dinner. The best part has been the process of getting ready to go. This year, as I have relocated [Read More]



JUL 14, 2014 —The glacier of environmental regulation

By Ken Root Editor’s note: This week, in a column he wrote several years ago (2008) about regulating “dust,” Ken Root re-examines the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency. The example today i [Read More]



JUL 7, 2014 —The Gold Rush: Greed vs. social responsibility

By Ken Root For the past two weeks, I’ve explored a place where an eventful moment in our history occurred. This was the gateway to the gold rush of 1898 in the Klondike region of Canada. [Read More]



JUN 30, 2014 —Farmers at sea

By Ken Root This week, I’m leading a tour group to Alaska by way of Vancouver and the inside passage up to Skagway. Many people desire to travel but it comes down to those who have the time and the money. On this trip the youngest is 55 and the oldest [Read More]



JUN 23, 2014 —Feed sack dresses and marketing genius

By Ken Root We live in an era when post-consumer waste amounts to four and one half pounds per day. That becomes tons per household each year. Everything we buy is wrapped. Some is so securely packaged i [Read More]



JUN 9, 2014 —Condemning our children in the name of politics

By Ken Root My Pug dog died recently. He was 13 years old. Rocky was a great companion with a delightful personality. Pugs are supposed to be small but his breeding produced an animal t [Read More]



JUN 2, 2014 —A close shave


MAY 26, 2014 —Memorials and memories


MAY 19, 2014 —Big Data: Who wins, who loses?


MAY 12, 2014 —Pasture poultry and breakfast burritos


MAY 5, 2014 —Study wars


APR 28, 2014 —Agriculture teachers touch young lives


APR 21, 2014 —When Wal-Mart goes organic, where will organic go?


APR 14, 2014 —Back to the Garden


MAR 31, 2014 —Eliminating work and expanding welfare


MAR 24, 2014 —Will there be another Norman Borlaug in the 21st century?


MAR 17, 2014 —An Okie looks at Texas


MAR 10, 2014 —Leave Russia alone


MAR 3, 2014 —Build the pipeline


FEB 24, 2014 —Hunger for spring renews and sustains life


FEB 17, 2014 —Farm reporters need counter cyclical payments


FEB 10, 2014 —Livestock interests fighting themselves over COOL rule


FEB 3, 2014 —Gunboat diplomacy may be needed to finish the Panama Canal


JAN 27, 2014 —Mail order returns


JAN 20, 2014 —January thaw


JAN 13, 2014 —General Mills is ridin' for the brand


JAN 6, 2014 —BSE: A decade of determination pays off


DEC 30, 2013 —The sale barn: You never know what's going to come through that gate


DEC 23, 2013 —Hell fire and brimstone


DEC 16, 2013 —A buyer's market in a changing world


DEC 2, 2013 —Climate change: How do we treat the earth's fever?


NOV 25, 2013 —Agriculture's Golden Goose expected to decrease production


NOV 18, 2013 —Sometimes you have to retreat to advance


NOV 11, 2013 —Doing nothing is not a strategy


NOV 4, 2013 —Election season is open early this time


OCT 28, 2013 —Africa--different continent--same world


OCT 14, 2013 —Data deprivation: A reality check for agriculture


OCT 7, 2013 —What people put in their front yards


SEP 30, 2013 —The world's future hinges on the harvest


SEP 23, 2013 —Legends of baseball bring back memories


SEP 16, 2013 —Embracing the hungry, rejecting the farmer


SEP 9, 2013 —The Irish drive on


AUG 26, 2013 —Ireland and U.S.: Entwined past, shared future


AUG 19, 2013 —The last slice of Americana?


AUG 12, 2013 —Laboratory-grown meat raises questions


JUL 29, 2013 —Sweet corn sweetens summer


JUL 22, 2013 —Finding my 'Roots' in a remarkable town--West Union, Iowa


JUL 15, 2013 —The 'Ditch Theory' of government revisited


JUL 8, 2013 —Work: The basis of human dignity


JUL 1, 2013 —Which form of energy production do you hate the least?


JUN 17, 2013 —Rainy days


JUN 10, 2013 —Capitalist-communist marketing merger


JUN 3, 2013 —Haircuts


MAY 27, 2013 —Farm versus food


MAY 20, 2013 —Passing this farm bill won't be a 'SNAP'


MAY 13, 2013 —Soaking up the sun


MAY 6, 2013 —Turkey camp


APR 22, 2013 —Ethanol recall


APR 15, 2013 —I predict the weather in 2013 will be...


APR 8, 2013 —Harvesting the land or mining the soil


APR 1, 2013 —Red capitalists


MAR 25, 2013 —Generation by generation, China moves ahead


MAR 18, 2013 —The fine art of napping


MAR 4, 2013 —A good man


FEB 25, 2013 —Ag secretaries step away from U.S. Senate


FEB 18, 2013 —Is it time to build new lakes across America?


FEB 11, 2013 —'So God Made a Farmer' touched our soul


FEB 4, 2013 —The Panamax Canal


JAN 28, 2013 —Change is constant; Uncertainty is certain


JAN 21, 2013 —Robots are taking our jobs


JAN 14, 2013 —The little church at the center of our world


DEC 24, 2012 —Company's coming


DEC 17, 2012 —Tough land, tougher people


DEC 10, 2012 —My food journey through life: From biscuits and gravy to pho soup


DEC 3, 2012 —Biased against both sides


NOV 26, 2012 —Dad's lunch pail


NOV 19, 2012 —First liar doesn't have a chance


NOV 12, 2012 —Seeing red, feeling blue


NOV 5, 2012 —Loss of federal jobs: Coming soon to your community


OCT 29, 2012 —Dan 'The Man' still fired up about agricultural policy


OCT 22, 2012 —Come on in, and we'll put on a pot of coffee


OCT 15, 2012 —Life without a farm bill--Is it worth living?


OCT 8, 2012 —From round fields to square


OCT 1, 2012 —The life you change may be your own


SEP 24, 2012 —Next time we'll bring our tractors


SEP 17, 2012 —Is every political goal impossible?


SEP 10, 2012 —Life on the Mississippi: Room for everyone


SEP 3, 2012 —How can anyone be hungry in America?


AUG 27, 2012 —The database of our lives


AUG 20, 2012 —Battleground Iowa


AUG 6, 2012 —Do the math!


JUL 30, 2012 —A kid at the fair


JUL 23, 2012 —Praying for rain


JUL 16, 2012 —Raising livestock is good for the soul


JUL 9, 2012 —Sweat!


JUN 25, 2012 —Trade's trials and tribulations


JUN 18, 2012 —Oren lives


JUN 11, 2012 —It'll ride


JUN 4, 2012 —No grass unmown


MAY 28, 2012 —Education in peril


MAY 14, 2012 —The future of China


MAY 7, 2012 —A Brave New World--Trainees wanted


APR 30, 2012 —Hope for 'slightly annoyed bovine' reaction


APR 16, 2012 —Severely early spring


APR 9, 2012 —Father to son


MAR 26, 2012 —Fractured and failing infrastructure


MAR 19, 2012 —Don't plant more corn


MAR 12, 2012 —Stay in the ruts


MAR 5, 2012 —Monsanto returns to South American soybean market


FEB 27, 2012 —Go south, young man? Brazil has great potential


FEB 20, 2012 —21st century communism


FEB 13, 2012 —Life in rural America is not a spectator sport


FEB 6, 2012 —Little cattle


JAN 30, 2012 —Closing government offices and opening our minds


JAN 23, 2012 —Costa Rica: Prototype for the future?


JAN 16, 2012 —Appreciating abilities


JAN 9, 2012 —Crop insurance: A safety net that is real


JAN 2, 2012 —Birthday of the century


DEC 26, 2011 —Goin' after one


DEC 19, 2011 —Hope from the heartland


DEC 5, 2011 —Intoxicated by cheap gasoline


NOV 28, 2011 —Ag committee rushes to board train that is 'off the tracks'


NOV 21, 2011 —Why do we work?


NOV 14, 2011 —Ethanol: Love it or leave it?


NOV 7, 2011 —Sharing power with China


OCT 31, 2011 —Poor but proud


OCT 24, 2011 —Pumpkin record heads north


OCT 17, 2011 —Everyone needs an identity


OCT 10, 2011 —Weed Armageddon?


SEP 26, 2011 —The dreaded tomato hornworm


SEP 19, 2011 —Get off my land


SEP 12, 2011 —Closing post offices


SEP 5, 2011 —Crop insurance may be the last program standing


AUG 29, 2011 —'24 Hour Bait Shop'


AUG 15, 2011 —A commercial driver's license to operate a tractor?


AUG 8, 2011 —Man versus mountain


AUG 1, 2011 —Willie Nelson to be inducted into Agriculture Hall of Fame


JUL 25, 2011 —Social insecurity


JUL 18, 2011 —Cellulosic ethanol and cold fusion


JUL 11, 2011 —Berry picking season


JUL 4, 2011 —Flooding on the Missouri River: An agricultural perspective


JUN 27, 2011 —Last call for ethanol?


JUN 20, 2011 —Upgrading the grid


JUN 13, 2011 —I'll buy the coffee


JUN 6, 2011 —Storms on the Plains


MAY 30, 2011 —Pets past and present



MAY 23, 2011 —Mexican trucks: NAFTA's next big challenge


MAY 16, 2011 —Please welcome the graduates of 2011


MAY 9, 2011 —Government accountability, bottom to top


MAY 2, 2011 —Driving to church


APR 25, 2011 —How will agriculture cope with regulatory agencies?


APR 18, 2011 —Ken Root asks again: The last farm bill?


APR 11, 2011 —Chairman Lucas: The Man from Oklahoma


MAR 28, 2011 —Counties need to go


MAR 21, 2011 —What will spring bring?


MAR 14, 2011 —The times they are a-changin'


MAR 7, 2011 —The dark of night


FEB 28, 2011 —A congressional revolution


FEB 21, 2011 —Egypt's revolution


FEB 7, 2011 —Winter storms then and now


JAN 31, 2011 —Men can't shop!


JAN 24, 2011 —Shrinking horizons


JAN 17, 2011 —Ken into space


JAN 10, 2011 —EPA and the Chesapeake Bay


JAN 3, 2011 —The ethanol decade


DEC 27, 2010 —The ideal solution


DEC 20, 2010 —Winter's cold was countered by family's warmth


DEC 13, 2010 —Cowboys in Vegas


DEC 6, 2010 —Auctions: Woven into the fabric of agriculture


NOV 22, 2010 —Cellulosic ethanol may not materialize


NOV 15, 2010 —The ditch theory of government


NOV 8, 2010 —For Sale: GTO, broke to lead


NOV 1, 2010 —Empty spaces


OCT 25, 2010 —Helping people help themselves


OCT 18, 2010 —Morality in trade


OCT 11, 2010 —October is April backward


OCT 4, 2010 —Explain why, not just how


SEP 27, 2010 —Lucky to be alive


SEP 20, 2010 —Expanding grain exports: Dead in the water


SEP 13, 2010 —The strings that connect us


SEP 6, 2010 —Break the packers: Secure the White House


AUG 30, 2010 —The cost of money


AUG 16, 2010 —Standing at the gateway to the world of biotechnology


AUG 9, 2010 —Being cool


AUG 2, 2010 —Cattle industry conflict threatens checkoff and leadership


JUL 26, 2010 —The end of capitalism?


JUL 19, 2010 —Will Congress renew renewables?


JUL 12, 2010 —Ohio truce with HSUS will reveal social truth about animal agriculture


JUL 5, 2010 —A developing world


JUN 28, 2010 —A bureaucratic nightmare


JUN 21, 2010 —Fish out of water


JUN 14, 2010 —Long, warm days can bring us new insights


JUN 7, 2010 —Chain saw madness


MAY 31, 2010 —The politics of pork


MAY 24, 2010 —Working for wages


MAY 17, 2010 —America's meat preferences change slowly


MAY 10, 2010 —Must the government pay farmers to farm?


MAY 3, 2010 —Conservation districts celebrate 55 years of stewardship


APR 26, 2010 —Conservation was our salvation


APR 19, 2010 —Immigration frustration


APR 12, 2010 —Fighting junk


MAR 29, 2010 —The magic box


MAR 22, 2010 —Anti-trust politics


MAR 15, 2010 —Food is life


MAR 8, 2010 —Farmers listen best to other farmers


MAR 1, 2010 —Can we stomach raw milk?


FEB 22, 2010 —Global warming has left me cold


FEB 15, 2010 —Animal identification: USDA surrenders, but it's still going to happen


FEB 8, 2010 —Animal rights versus animal welfare


FEB 1, 2010 —You are never too old to be stupid


JAN 25, 2010 —The American bison: Romance and reality


JAN 18, 2010 —Poor, but proud


JAN 11, 2010 —Mail order catalogs


JAN 4, 2010 —Looking forward, not back


DEC 28, 2009 —Pull the plug on Granny...Pull the plug for free!


DEC 21, 2009 —Winter: The most challenging season


DEC 14, 2009 —Manifest destiny for Brazil versus global climate treaty


DEC 7, 2009 —Ethanol needs to disappear


NOV 30, 2009 —Growing vertical


NOV 23, 2009 —Doing good deeds


NOV 16, 2009 —The fall of the Wall


NOV 9, 2009 —Crop scouting In space


NOV 2, 2009 —TV fantasy is not scientific reality


OCT 26, 2009 —Is polarized politics good for anyone?


OCT 19, 2009 —Death of the dollar?


OCT 12, 2009 —Uncertain times


OCT 5, 2009 —Orion rises


SEP 28, 2009 —The honor box


SEP 21, 2009 —Norman Borlaug: Agriculture's ultimate humanitarian


SEP 14, 2009 —COOL Fuel


SEP 14, 2009 —COOL Fuel


SEP 7, 2009 —Sharing the road


AUG 31, 2009 —The biggest and the best


AUG 24, 2009 —Freedom to Fail


AUG 17, 2009 —We will bury you, but first let's look at your hybrid corn


AUG 10, 2009 —Report card time


AUG 3, 2009 —Climate change legislation is real!


JUL 27, 2009 —Thank you, Uncle Walter


JUL 20, 2009 —Words rather than deeds


JUL 13, 2009 —Commerce face to face


JUL 6, 2009 —Political climate change


JUN 29, 2009 —Stained glass windows


JUN 22, 2009 —Agriculture: White as the snow, but are we as pure?


JUN 15, 2009 —Switchgrass to ethanol, will the day ever come?


JUN 1, 2009 —The Flint Hills of Kansas


MAY 25, 2009 —No beef about this beef


MAY 18, 2009 —My affinity for junk


MAY 11, 2009 —Time to erase county lines


MAY 4, 2009 —Putting a face on animal activism


APR 27, 2009 —The carbon footprint may be on agriculture's face


APR 20, 2009 —Many miles of bad road


APR 13, 2009 —What will become of us?


MAR 30, 2009 —Ahead of our time


MAR 23, 2009 —U.S farm policy: Have we become Zimbabwe West?


MAR 16, 2009 —Sunrise/Sunset


MAR 9, 2009 —Surviving tough times


MAR 2, 2009 —Starlink: The sequel


FEB 23, 2009 —I'm ready for an electronic identification chip


FEB 16, 2009 —Does a farm have a soul?


FEB 9, 2009 —Rural broadband is the next big thing


FEB 2, 2009 —Farming in Paradise


JAN 26, 2009 —No cow left behind


JAN 19, 2009 —We still have to eat!


JAN 12, 2009 —Resolve to evolve


JAN 5, 2009 —Lost! (According to my wife)


DEC 29, 2008 —Now is good time to examine what our land means to us


DEC 22, 2008 —Shots fired in soybean checkoff battle


DEC 15, 2008 —Watch the signs to know what's coming


DEC 8, 2008 —Snow- Memories of an older child


DEC 1, 2008 —A gas tax... for livestock?


NOV 17, 2008 —Life before refrigeration


NOV 10, 2008 —My word is my bond


NOV 3, 2008 —Please keep your hands and feet inside the car until the ride has come to a complete stop


OCT 27, 2008 —Shall we gather at the river and throw our cell phones away?


OCT 20, 2008 —Continent of origin labeling


OCT 13, 2008 —Encouragement and philosophy


OCT 6, 2008 —The role of government


SEP 22, 2008 —Sending money home


SEP 8, 2008 —Summer circus


SEP 1, 2008 —Ethanol- Can it blend in?


AUG 25, 2008 —The power is in the people


AUG 18, 2008 —Long, warm days can bring us new insights


AUG 11, 2008 —Declare victory and retreat


AUG 4, 2008 —The regulatory glacier is not melting


JUL 21, 2008 —Emotion versus logic on the Conservation Reserve


JUL 14, 2008 —Raising livestock may be bad for the pocketbook but it is good for the soul


JUL 7, 2008 —The Blame Game


JUN 30, 2008 —Left-handed ice cream


JUN 23, 2008 —Rivers and corn are both on the rise in Iowa


JUN 2, 2008 —Keeping natural disasters in perspective


MAY 26, 2008 —There are some things even a president can't do


MAY 19, 2008 —Food production is front and center


MAY 12, 2008 —The dignity of the seed


APR 28, 2008 —Balancing trade


MAR 24, 2008 —Turning parking lots into plowed fields


FEB 4, 2008 —Stand by for allotments and parity!


JAN 7, 2008 —Today's farmers are just scratching the surface



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