Minnesota Magazine, University of Minnesota
Feature Article
Writing, Public Policy


Putting a face on public policy.

In southern Minnesota’s farm country, a handful of veterinarians were caring for farm populations of livestocks that had grown to the millions. Was there a shortage of trained vets? Or were alarmists looking at modern agriculture through a romantic gauze that equated modern vets with the country doc of our grandparents’ generation?

The best way to find out? Hitch a ride with a country vet for his day’s chores. The sights, sounds, and conversation of a day-in-the-life puts a human face and brings human judgment to an otherwise abstract issue.