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Dec 16, 2011

When guidelines become regulations: tackling the EPA’s sleight-of-hand

Regulatory issues are likely to continue to be an area of skirmishing as discussions for the 2012 farm bill go forward....More
Dec 13, 2011

Christmas without the giant, green toilet bowl brush

When will we learn that nothing says Christmas like a real, American-grown tree, complete with cedar smell and falling needles, in all its imperfect....More
Dec 12, 2011

China’s gunboat diplomacy not aimed at U.S. agriculture

Trade will never be separated from politics. Wish it were so; it’s not. However, trade should never be separated from pragmatism either. Regarding....More
Dec 09, 2011

In slashing funding for ag, seniors, kids programs, don’t overlook bloated defense budget

"Defense spending is now absolutely off the charts by any modern historical measure -- this level of spending is absolutely staggering."....More
Dec 09, 2011

Agriculture takes on factory environmentalism

Has the Waterkeeper Alliance become the very type of institution it professes to despise? It sure looks like it....More
Dec 09, 2011

ROL (return on life) an important factor when making farm decisions

I’ve been covering agriculture in one form or another since 1976. If I had a nickel for every farmer I’ve interviewed, every meeting I’ve attended,....More
Dec 05, 2011

Qatar lounges way to fattest nation on earth — blame potatoes

America has been outdone in the obesity wars. According to a recent article in The Atlantic, half of adults and a third of children in Qatar are....More
Nov 29, 2011

MF Global: funds found but mystery deepens

As FBI and Justice Department investigations into the collapse of MF Global continue, there have been several developments in recent days....More
Nov 28, 2011

Bt cotton – organic groups continue to ignore its benefits

The organic cotton crowd doesn’t want genetically modified varieties in its certified organic designation. A recent study shows why it should be....More
Nov 25, 2011

South Korea, FTAs and word association

Triggered by a vote on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) recently passed by Congress, South Korean President Lee Myungbak’s opposition was furious at....More
Nov 22, 2011

A CEO’s message to Washington: Put the nation's interests before your own

Congress and administration should put nation's interests before their own....More
Nov 21, 2011

Farm bill in wake of super committee failure?

What will the super committee’s failure mean for the farm bill turned in last Friday (November 18)?....More
Nov 21, 2011

Rustlers leave Lonesome Dove — for catfish and wine grapes

For most Americans, rustling brings up iconic Lonesome Dove images of ‘borrowing’ a herd from Mexico or watching Jake Spoon cross the line into horse....More
Nov 18, 2011

*@#% soils aside, the occasional sugar maple brightens autumn

Despite inhospitable soils, the occasional sugar maple brightens Mid-South autumn....More
Nov 17, 2011

DeMint’s amendment to repeal check-offs – is he serious?

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint entered an amendment to Congress to terminate 20 commodity check-off programs. Is he serious? Apparently so....More
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