During the last decade, we have seen the U.S. economy move up and down like a roller coaster. The negativity surrounding the current 8.2 percent unemployment rate seems to dominate the media. Nevertheless, even in this decade — where we hear about a recession and a high unemployment rate — there is a yellow brick road leading to a land of plenty, if you search in the right area.

The term "genetically modified organism" can mean different things to different people. At the Iowa State vs. Iowa football game, I was told by an opposing fan: “You do know that bananas are made in factories, don’t you?” I calmly stated, “I’m sorry, but this banana was picked from a banana tree, most likely in Costa Rica.” I was then told: “No, that banana was made in a factory; it doesn’t have seeds, and is genetically modified.” After referencing trees and Costa Rica again, I realized…

As the next generation of Americans, our generation must be prepared for the challenge of feeding a growing world population. Currently, we have more than 7 billion people on the planet who are consuming the food farmers produce on a daily basis. By 2050, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts this number may grow to 9 billion, and all Americans will be competing for a meal at the world’s table. The average age of the American farmer is 57, according to the USDA. Currently, only 2 p…