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Feb 11, 2012

Food safety – clear conscience for Japan’s rice producers

If a government agency had just approved one of your field crops during a safety inspection, but you still suspected that something was wrong, what....More
Feb 10, 2012

How many pounds of $1 cotton are in a $1,100 (!) men’s shirt?

Prices for cotton men's fashion products take the value-added concept far....More
Feb 03, 2012

Rockefeller’s riches made riding coattails of commodities

John D. Rockefeller, the richest man in history, was once a young fellow who cut his business teeth on grain, hay and meats — agricultural....More
Feb 03, 2012

From the e-mailbag: some rebuttals on exporting of U.S. oil and fuels

“This implies that evil Big Oil will shaft the American consumer no matter what the supply. What do you have to say to those who use the same....More
Jan 27, 2012

Opera star, farmer, innovator all rolled into one

Opera and farming are two callings rarely mentioned in the same breath. But there is a farmer in California who excels at them both....More
Jan 23, 2012

Taking issue with negative article on ag majors

A career, whether it’s in agriculture or business or rocket science, should be about more than a paycheck....More
Jan 20, 2012

The sorry state of nation’s roads: funding shortfall isn’t helping any

The federal gasoline tax was last increased in 1993 and since that time vehicle miles traveled have risen almost 30 percent and construction/....More
Jan 17, 2012

EPA hunting bullfrogs with shotgun in Sackett case

The EPA has 17,000 full time employees and approximately an $8.4 billion budget. It also has a fondness for hunting bullfrogs with a shotgun....More
Jan 13, 2012

Cotton and Disney World, more in common that you’d think

The 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, held Jan. 3-6, at the Orlando World Center Marriott, provided once again an abundance of information on pest....More
Jan 13, 2012

Drill, baby, drill—then wave goodbye as fuels leave U.S.

An estimated $88 billion worth of U.S. fuel products went to export in the year just ended....More
Jan 11, 2012

From telegraph to social media, we live to connect

The first text message was sent 157 years ago by Samuel F.B. Morse. We've come a long way since....More
Jan 06, 2012

Poking around in animal entrails: problems in search of solutions

Agreement on anything seems impossible for a Congress whose public approval rating just keeps plummeting toward zero....More
Jan 05, 2012

US bleeds debt while the band plays on

President Obama has kicked off 2012 by asking for a $1.2 trillion raise in the debt ceiling. The United States closed the books on 2011 with a debt....More
Jan 03, 2012

Agriculture today – golden age or wishful thinking?

U.S. farmers enjoy their best run in decades thanks to high prices for many crops, livestock and farmland and strong global demand for corn used in....More
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