Blake Hurst

45 years of farming and thinking about farm policy. And grandkids
Created 02 Sep 2021
  • Taking Stock
    27 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 4 0
    I cut the corner a little close, and dropped the inside wheel of the feed wagon in the ditch. The Minneapolis Moline 670 was past its prime, by about twenty years, and I was stuck. I hiked back to the...
  • Man against the electrons.
    13 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    This originally appeared in Agripulse. Apologies to those who have already seen it Oh, for God’s sake, it’s yet another greenhouse alarm at 3 a.m. in the morning. The alarms announce themselves on my ...
  • That Time I Went to Prison
    27 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    That Time I Went to Prison Many years ago, in January of 2001, I took an assignment from a magazine to travel to Florida with a group of writers. The theme of the issue was crime, and I was asked to v...
  • A perennial genius and me
    01 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Wes Jackson is a genius, at least according the MacArthur Foundation. And there we were, sitting across the table from him in a “green room” before we both appeared on a nationwide radio show! I was r...
  • Turn Your Radio On
    24 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 4 2
    “You think you’ve been a nymphomaniac for fourteen years? Why cure it?” When I started operating farm machinery, radios were a luxury item. I can remember the radio I screwed to the side of cab on our...
  • Grace
    11 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    “And grace will lead us home.” Oxford Language defines grace as a short prayer at a meal, and then as beauty and ease of movement. Surely that’s not what the hymn Amazing Grace is about?
  • I’m a Football Hero
    03 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 5
    The players flickered across the snowy screen, and only someone familiar with what was happening could have made heads or tails of the old film. Luckily, the quarterback was there, giving a play by pl...
  • A short rant
    01 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    This originally appeared in Agripulse The University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) has invited Vandana Shiva to speak on October 7th. According to a speaker booking website, her asking price for a...
  • Stories
    26 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    My grandpa had a set of favorite stories he used to tell. Again and again I’m different, as my kids can freely attest. My stories are never repeated. Really. Anyway, he’d tell the story, and then slap...
  • Put Some Ice on That
    10 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Put some ice on that We started out delivering plants in a 71 Ford Econoline van with a 300 cubic inch straight six. The van had enough rust so that the dividing line between outside the van and insid...
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