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Sep 17, 2012

Lowell Catlett, futurist, motivates and entertains

If you ever get a chance to hear Lowell Catlett speak, do so. You will not regret it. Buy a ticket if you have to. The experience will be worth the....More
Sep 14, 2012

When only machines have jobs, what then do we do with people?

The dilemma increasingly confronting our society is the utilization of technology/automation to eliminate, insofar as possible, any need for humans....More
Sep 11, 2012

What happens if Congress fails to act on House farm bill?

Farmers face the prospect of not having a farm bill in 2012 or ever if Congress fails to seize the opportunity presented during the short business....More
Sep 10, 2012

‘The Survivor Tree,’ like agriculture, embodies resilience

Eleven years ago this month, America absorbed a horrific blow from terrorism. But terrorists underestimated our resiliency....More
Sep 07, 2012

And with that mint iced tea I’ll have some napalm, please

If you’ve ever made the mistake of planting mint in anything other than an inch thick steel container from which it cannot possibly escape, you know....More
Sep 04, 2012

Choose organic if you like, just not for nutrition advantages

A recent study by Stanford University dispels the myth that organic foods—fruits and vegetables, grains, milk, eggs and meat products—are more....More
Aug 31, 2012

Defaults send chilling signal to cotton shippers

As world cotton supplies dwindled in 2011, nervous end users in foreign countries bought hundreds of thousands of bales of high-priced U.S. cotton to....More
Aug 31, 2012

As lure of China’s cheap labor dims, more jobs may be returning to U.S.

As wages in China and other low cost countries have risen and transportation costs have escalated, companies are beginning to move jobs back to the U....More
Aug 24, 2012

Farm group coalition faces uphill battle

The coalition formed by the nation's largest farm organizations will find persuading House leaders to pass a new farm bill a tough sell....More
Aug 24, 2012

U.S. energy independence by 2020? Uhh, haven’t we heard this before?

Our energy appetite is voracious — and Mideast oil is, for the foreseeable future, the easiest way to feed that hunger....More
Aug 24, 2012

Cotton research and promotion – creating a better pencil

Most cotton producers know about the agronomic research carried out by Cotton Incorporated’s Cotton Research....More
Aug 21, 2012

Crappie fishing brings luck of the gool

“Slab. Slab. Slab,” I slowly recited, while rubbing the gool’s white belly with a convert’s conviction. The gool’s transformation from a fish to a....More
Aug 17, 2012

Killing those awful earmarks: And just whose ox got gored?

There is no little irony that some of the states whose populace so enthusiastically championed abolishment of congressional earmarks had been among....More
Aug 10, 2012

Alphabet soup: New farm legislation will offer an expanded roster of programs

“We’re going to have to educate some folks in the banking industry and financial sector on what these new government programs will and won’t do,”....More
Aug 06, 2012

Proposal to waive RFS is ‘void of justification’

As drought hammers the Midwest Corn Belt, ruining yields and farmer livelihoods, calls to amend the renewable fuel standard are coming out of the....More
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