Author: Michael Rosmann

Is it Fake News? Why some people draw different conclusions from the same information.

Most people aren’t sure what to believe in the media these days. What is fake news to one person is confirmation to another person that what he or she thinks about the subject is correct.      How do people arrive at very different conclusions from the same information?  Let’s take a look at what behavioral scientists have to say about this phenomenon. Psychologists, neurologists, and other behavioral scientists agree that our sensory organs, such as our eyes, auditory receptors, taste buds and olfactory receptors detect the information they were designed to perceive to the extent that these sensory...

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Sibling Rivalry is a Resolvable Farm Issue

Few matters trouble parents more than witnessing their children quarrel, especially when the parents are involved in agriculture and their children dispute their inheritance of the family operation.  The parents want to see their hard-won accomplishments used to continue a family legacy of successful agricultural production and not dismantled because of conflict among their successors. When multiple siblings want to continue farming (ranching and other agricultural occupations are included here), they usually desire the same legacy as their parents, but unresolved rivalries can get in the way of settlement of the estate plan and carrying out their hopes.  Sometimes...

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Everybody, Farmers Included, Does Things MacGyver Would NOT Do…

We all do stupid things we wish we could erase.  There, you are forgiven by me, even if you won’t forget or fully forgive yourself for stupid things you’ve done. Almost four years ago I wrote a column inspired by the unorthodox television character, MacGyver, about what he would do in various predicaments, drawing on farmers’ and my own experiences.  Apparently the article struck a chord with readers, for many folks contacted me afterwards to relate their MacGyver experiences, both positive and negative. What “MacGyver-wouldn’t-do-incidents” deserve equal time, don’t you think?  Several farmers, friends, and I have endured a...

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People Who Serve Farmers, Others, Need Emotional Support Too

“Compassion fatigue” describes how providers of services to people going through disasters feel when they become weary of assisting the persons affected by traumas of any type.  Although this year is not a disaster for many agricultural producers, it is shaping up to be more challenging than for several years for some farmers, and for the people who provide support services to distressed farmers and disaster victims. Drought, too much rain, hurricanes, volatile commodity prices, and uncertain financial outcomes this growing year are major concerns.  I’ve been hearing from agency officials who serve farmers and storm victims in one...

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Behavioral Health Management is an Important Part of Farm Safety

The annual presidential proclamation for National Farm Safety and Health Week isn’t just for farmers, it’s for everyone. Other persons besides farm residents and employees should pay attention to agricultural safety and health too, such as drivers on rural roads, ATV operators in rural areas, hunters, applicators of farm chemicals, and the providers of healthcare to the agricultural population.  For that matter, everyone who consumes agricultural products has a stake in agricultural safety and health.             When the National Safety Council urged President Franklin D. Roosevelt to declare the first National Farm Safety Week...

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