Hobby Out of Control
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Thu Aug 8, 2013 02:46 PM CDT

Editor's note: Jim Patrico, Progressive Farmer senior editor, received first place in the Personality Profile category and was also awarded Story of the Year for "Hobby Out of Control" at the 15th Annual Ag Media Summit in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday. Here is his award-winning story, which originally appeared in the August 2012 issue of The Progressive Farmer.

To hear Ed Baumgartner tell it, when he first started his work on non-GMO (genetically modified organism) corn hybrid improvement, it was merely something he puttered with, like golf or gardening. Even now, when he describes it as "a hobby out of control," ...

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