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May 19, 2015

OK, it’s my annual rant about sun dangers (which you should heed)

Melanoma, the worst form of skin cancer, is really nasty stuff, and it can be deadly....More
May 11, 2015

A familiar story: Fill the tank today because tomorrow it’ll likely cost more

The turn back upward in fuel prices comes when lower prices for crops and rising costs of other inputs are putting the squeeze on farmers' profit....More
May 11, 2015

Deja vu all over again?

Brazil appears to be considering filing a challenge to U.S. corn and soybean programs in the World Trade Organization....More
May 07, 2015

Dandelions rearing their ugly heads – or not

Those pesky weeds may be laying low when you pick up the hoe or start the lawnmower, according to article from the Weed Science Society of America....More
May 04, 2015

China’s new leader: Opportunity to forge improved relationship?

China’s new president, Xi Jinping, represents an opportunity for both nations to pursue common interests for a long-term beneficial relationship,....More
Apr 27, 2015

Though door’s opened a crack, Cuba trade still faces obstacles

“The soybean industry is losing out on valuable opportunities to market U.S. food and agriculture products in Cuba,” says Richard Wilkins, American....More
Apr 20, 2015

Good intentions gone awry: Mississippi's ineffective vehicle inspection sticker program finally ends

Attempts to scrap the Mississippi vehicle inspection law have been ongoing since 2008. This year, it finally passed and the governor signed it....More
Apr 16, 2015

A little perspective provides balance to IARC report on glyphosate

The International Agency for Research on Cancer surprised a lot of people when it classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. On what did it base....More
Apr 13, 2015

Political theater: campaign rhetoric versus the reality of performance

There are 13 (!) candidates in the special election for the Mississippi House seat vacated by the recent death of Alan Nunnelee....More
Apr 06, 2015

Former Greenpeace activist terms opposition to GMOs ‘crime against humanity’2

Patrick Moore, long-time environmental activist,left Greenpeace in 1986, and since has been a voice for science-based environmental policy....More
Mar 30, 2015

Potholes a'plenty: Severe winter further degrades already crumbling roads, bridges

This winter has produced a bumper crop of potholes, washouts, and other damage that has turned highways and streets into a whack-a-mole exercise of....More
Mar 23, 2015

Dietary committee lost in the weeds with new nutritional guidelines

Once again, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has changed its course on nutrition. But it may have found itself in the weeds by tackling....More
Mar 23, 2015

Want a good job? Students should think agriculture...1

“There has never been a better, more exciting, time for young people to choose careers in agriculture than right now,” says George Hopper,....More
Mar 16, 2015

Dick Bell: Leader in U.S. rice and ‘effective public servant’

Richard Bell's death brought to a close a life of much accomplishment, not just for the rice industry, but in the broader arena of national and....More
Mar 09, 2015

If I misled anyone about helping invent the Internet, I apologize

Apologies being the order of the day for government officials and others in the public eye, in the interest of transparency I’d like to clear up a....More
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