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Jun 02, 2015

Ag R&D: Are cutbacks in spending endangering future productivity?

Cutbacks in spending on agricultural research and development have allowed past productivity gains to slip away as economic and environmental....More
Jun 02, 2015

Catfish crooks, timber thieves and truffle rustlers

On the night of the incident, Rambaud, already sick of trespassers digging up truffles on his land, had been waiting in one of the family’s groves....More
Jun 01, 2015

Uptick in agriculture-related jobs to keep kids on the farm?

Without even the barest knowledge of agriculture, “our students are vulnerable to misinformation that sometimes vilifies farmers.” -- Karen Ballard....More
May 28, 2015

Beekeepers need farmers to help feed their bees

Beekeepers need more forages for their bees than most can provide so they rely on farmers to provide healthy crops and other vegetation to feed them....More
May 25, 2015

Weird takes a new turn in D.C. as president’s own party rebels

As has been the case with other U.S. trade deals in recent years, there were concerns about the expected loss of U.S. jobs as a result of the Trans-....More
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
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