Posted by: Democratic Thinker | March 12, 2015

Commentary: Reporting the negative is part of ag reporter’s job

Commentary

 
 
Ron Smith, over at the Southwest Farm Press blog, indicates that, at least in the agricultural arena, reporting the hard facts is important.

 


We have reported a lot of bad news over the past few years, including legislation, regulation, drought and weeds that seem impossible to kill. But that’s part of the job.

Southwest Farm Press.

 

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Reporting the negative is part of ag reporter’s job

by in Farm Press Blog

Mar 11, 2015

We have reported a lot of bad news over the past few years, including legislation, regulation, drought and weeds that seem impossible to kill. But that’s part of the job.

 

I recently received a brief note via email from a reader concerned about all the negative reports he reads in our pages. He mentioned articles on drought, low prices and high production costs as examples.

I have to agree. We have reported a lot of bad news over the past few years, including legislation, regulation, drought and weeds that seem impossible to kill.  But that’s part of the job as I explained in a reply email:

As a farm journalist for almost 40 years I’ve covered a lot of ups and down in agriculture and a lot more bad farm bills than good ones; they get weaker and less understandable with each new program.

I’ve written more stories than I would have liked over the past five years about drought, freeze damage and low prices. I did have the opportunity, however, to report on dollar cotton, an experience I never expected to cover.

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