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Jun 15, 2012

Private sector investment increasing for ag research and development

Private sector firms have become major players in developing new innovations worldwide, according to a new USDA report on investments in agricultural....More
Jun 12, 2012

World Food Prize selection shows importance of water to world food supplies

World Food Prize selection of Daniel Hillel as its 2012 recipient reminds us of how important irrigation is to the world's food supply....More
Jun 08, 2012

As PACs gear up for coming vote: Maybe a .38 slug through the telly?

Between now and the November presidential election, the airwaves will be so saturated with ads we’ll want to emulate Elvis and put a slug through the....More
Jun 01, 2012

Low interest rates and strong commodity prices helping fuel farmland demand

While Mid-South farmland prices haven’t attained anywhere near the astronomical levels of the Midwest, prices have risen to levels that would’ve been....More
May 31, 2012

Recalling the Great Flood of 2011

Just a little over a year ago, during the Great Flood of 2011, Old Man River did its best to keep a massive wall of water within the confines of its....More
May 29, 2012

Mississippi Delta begins long road to harvest

Technology and technique will always change; but Delta dirt remains the same — the lifeblood of the region’s agricultural heritage....More
May 25, 2012

Social Security trust funds and Grandma’s bed

I’m old enough to remember the time when families simply didn’t need much help from Uncle Sam. My father had an unwritten rule. If something looked....More
May 25, 2012

From out of the past, updating a young farmer’s zeal to succeed

After nearly three decades, Mississippi farmer Jaby Denton's business principles still are sound....More
May 18, 2012

GPS roulette: Oh, the (unintended) sights the Map Goddess provides

While portable GPS units can be reasonably accurate in a city, it’s an entirely different story out in rural areas....More
May 17, 2012

Waterkeeper Alliance – don’t ask, just litigate

When the Waterkeeper Alliance decides to make an example of you, they don’t let truth get in the way of their efforts. They take you to court and....More
May 17, 2012

Snake farming a five-step risk

It’s not just China munching down on snakes; Chinese snake farming has gone global, finding astonishing success by feeding demand from Asia, Europe....More
May 11, 2012

Anniversary of 2011 floods

Was it only a year ago when abundant rains caused a chain-reaction of misery in the Mid-South? Back then, a sense of disbelief set in as waterways....More
May 11, 2012

T. Boone Picken’s energy gospel part 2: natural gas as a bridge to the future

“Natural gas will do everything we want it to do,” says T. Boone Pickens. “It’s 130-octane fuel, it’s 25 percent cleaner than oil — and we have an....More
May 09, 2012

Water jihads and Moe Howard haircuts

Almost from the dawn of time, water cataclysm has been based on too much of a good thing. Throw that archetype out the window and prepare for....More
May 08, 2012

An eminent domain fight, a Pigford sign-up deadline and catfish inspections

Folks tend to get upset when land they own is forcefully taken over by outside interests claiming eminent domain. Government projects, infrastructure....More
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