The Beauty of Rural Life

On June 24, the Diocese of Fargo will hold its first annual Rural Life Celebration on the Schmitz farm near…

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Agricultural Policy Update

The month of June promises to be an interesting one on a number of policy fronts. Here is a quick…

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Update on Farm Bill: Call for Improvements to House Bill

The Farm Bill is a comprehensive legislative package that governs all aspects of the American food and agriculture system: commodity…

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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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Part II: Advancing Conservation Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill

[Editor’s note: This is Part II of a two-part posting on conservation programs.] When it comes to federal support for…

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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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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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World Water Day 2017

March 22, 2017 is World Water Day, an annual occurrence to raise awareness about water issues and tackle obstacles to…

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Virtue: The Foundation of Laudato Si

This article was published in our Summer 2015 magazine, “Laudato Si and the Countryside: Caring for Our Common Rural Home.” Click…

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