The Native American 10 Commandments

I am pretty sure that everyone knows of the Ten Commandments. If you have been to a Christian church more…

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The Return of the Rural Family

“The rural family needs to regain its rightful place at the heart of the social order.” Why? I’ve been pondering…

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Farm Safety Net: Crop Insurance Reforms

As outlined the previous blog in this series, the overarching goals for federal agricultural policies that advance opportunities and create…

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5 Ways to Help the Practice of Fasting Become More Fruitful

On biblical reading, the fundamental vocation of human beings is to give God right praise. In this act of adoration,…

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Farm Safety Net: Time to Reform Commodity Programs

What should the priorities be in the next Farm Bill? The overarching goals should be to advance opportunities and create…

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The New Federal Budget: Impacts on American Agriculture

After months of negotiations, the House and Senate have finally reached a two-year budget deal to keep the government running….

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A Common Good Farm Bill

Protecting the Integrity of People, Communities & the Land in U.S. Farm Policy Farmers and rural communities are in a…

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Celebrating Rural Life Across the Country

During the same week in September, Catholic Rural Life took part in two different Rural Life Celebrations. I attended a…

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FAQ: Does the Church Care About Animals? Part I

Animal welfare, whether in an agricultural context or domestic, can be a polarizing issue, and we want to treat this…

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Yes to the Honey, but I’ll Pass on the Locusts

In our yard there’s a huge fig tree. About eight years ago, one of the Labs chewed the branches down…

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