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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
Nov 17, 2011

First Xmas trees, now the rest

First, the get-the-government-outta-everything bunch came for the Christmas tree check-off. Flush with success after the Obama administration’s....More
Nov 15, 2011

The talented Mr. Whitney and his worthless cotton gin

Next harvest season, the ghost of Eli Whitney will return to gin yards. He’ll stand at the fringe, but no closer — muttering regrets about an....More
Nov 14, 2011

In America, we can still clean house

Could today’s world financial troubles really be more about the timeless struggle of good guys versus bad guys? And greed and government are simply....More
Nov 11, 2011

Continuing deterioration of nation’s bridges gets short shrift in funding

Deterioration of nation's bridges continues as funding fails to keep pace....More
Nov 10, 2011

Xmas trees, check-offs, and half-truths

Warm up the cider, decorate the Christmas tree, put a match to the Yule log, hand out the songsheets and let’s all hum a dirge as common sense....More
Nov 10, 2011

2011 Cotton Photo Contest Winners Announced

We have had a wonderful response to our first photo contest and the winners of the Cotton photo contest are announced....More
Nov 09, 2011

Beetle-mimicking irrigation system wins Dyson award

A young Australian engineer has won the 2011 James Dyson Award for developing a low-maintenance, solar-powered, drip-irrigation system....More
Nov 08, 2011

U.S. agriculture needs an infusion of young farmers

The average age of the U.S. farmer continues to rise, which begs the question, "How does we encourage more young people to enter the profession?"....More
Nov 07, 2011

Chinese rice buyers touring the United States

On Sunday, November 6, rice buyers from China will arrive in Sacramento, California. Following several days of touring rice mills and farms in the....More
Nov 04, 2011

Halloween no match for scary Texas summer

If you’re a kid in Texas and wanted to make a huge haul on Halloween, you dressed up as the weather phenomenon La Niña. Farmers and ranchers would....More
Nov 04, 2011

Animals and porn: yet another off-the-wall scheme for attention

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has announced the launch in December of an XXX porn website....More
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