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May 27, 2016

Organic growers report higher sales, low market penetration

"Organic" producers continue to make inroads in commercial agriculture, but proponents admit it still only makes up 5 percent of total food sales....More
May 23, 2016

The last dairyman: John McReynolds retires after 50 years

He was the last private dairyman in a county once known as the Dairy Capitol of the South, but early this month John T. McReynolds sold his herd and....More
May 16, 2016

Ownership of ag data still not a legally-established principle

"The reality is that ‘ownership’ is a legal principle that must be recognized by courts or a law — and that has not happened yet in the United States....More
May 06, 2016

Ag sector downturn to last how long?

“The start of the current environment really began in 2014. When prices fall as hard as they have and expenses don’t fall at the same rate, it sends....More
May 05, 2016

Reality check needed for non-farm residents?1

Weed Science Society of America herbicide elimination estimates lead to questions about perceptions of environmentla activist groups....More
May 02, 2016

Government overreach: Climate change and free speech1

It’s rather ham-handed, in a country that pays at least lip service to freedom of speech, that our government would consider using the law to....More
Apr 25, 2016

Chrysanthemums running amok: The joys (?) of gardening

To walk into a garden center at this time of year is akin to proffering cocaine to a drug addict: everywhere beautiful blooms, intriguing plants,....More
Apr 20, 2016

EWG’s Dirty Dozen attracting fewer rave reviews among media outlets

Alliance for Food and Farming says Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list of fruits and vegetables is drawing less media attention....More
Apr 18, 2016

For 115 days this year we’ve been working to pay taxes

Americans will collectively pay more for taxes this year than for food, clothing, and housing combined, according to the Tax Foundation....More
Apr 14, 2016

'Sustainability' authors show little understanding of real farm work3

Authors of "Sustainable" cotton report appear to have little, if any, understanding of the real nature of hard labor on pre-1960s farms....More
Apr 12, 2016

Hold the cheating cheaters to account

Provided ample opportunities and examples of cheating, U.S. officials have offered little but words enabling the thievery to continue....More
Apr 12, 2016

Where’s the politician with guts to say ‘We can’t have it all’?1

What kind of suckers do they take us for, the handful of candidates still standing in the 2016 presidential elections?....More
Apr 04, 2016

The tiny state that roared: Forcing GMO info on food labels3

Food companies and their trade organizations, having spent upward of $100 million lobbying against labeling, feared they could be confronted with a....More
Mar 29, 2016

Don’t skimp on reporting price information to USDA

It may seem like a small thing – including the cost of hauling grain from a farmer’s bins to an elevator in the price received –....More
Mar 28, 2016

No GMOs? Economic, environmental costs would be steep4

Eliminating all GMOs in the U.S., the model showed, would result in an average 11.2 percent drop in corn yields, a 5.2 percent decline in soybean....More
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