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Feb 27, 2013

Which way to go – sequestration or tax the rich?

Is sequestration really something to fear, or is just another fiscal cliff?....More
Feb 22, 2013

Hard work, perseverance have been keys to success for M&M Farms

A peanuts, cotton, and corn rotation has proven successful for Joe Morgan and his son, Joe Jr., who farm near Hattiesburg, Miss....More
Feb 21, 2013

Longhand letters and the rut in front of my mailbox1

It's no mail Saturday for customers of the U.S. Postal Service. Is this the beginning of the end of the iconic service?....More
Feb 15, 2013

Normal crops in 2013 could push U.S. farm profits to the downside

The pendulum of farm profits may be about to swing, with futures markets point to lower crop prices by the end of 2013....More
Feb 11, 2013

Indian farmer suicides a case of misplaced GM blame

The tragedy of Indian farmer suicides can be attributed to a complex host of factors, and consigning blame for the suicides to Monsanto and corporate....More
Feb 09, 2013

Defending agriculture: five major trends that pose a threat to American farming8

Environmental activists have one goal, says Washington attorney Gary Baise: putting agriculture out of business....More
Feb 08, 2013

U.S. rice trade with Cuba entangled with jailed American1

The resumption of U.S. rice exports to Cuba could depend largely on the future of Alan Gross, who sits in a Cuban jail, serving a 15 year sentence....More
Feb 04, 2013

Will a third party move America’s politics beyond myopia?

Washington needs some leadership to properly focus on its debt issues. Would a strong third party help?....More
Feb 01, 2013

As U.S. becomes more fuel-efficient fund for roads/bridges nears empty1

While the cost of gas has ranged all over the map in the two decades since 1993, one thing hasn’t changed: the federal tax on gasoline....More
Jan 29, 2013

Fire ants vs. Benadryl a battle of pain

A fire ant attack is a moment of blind panic; an initial frozen blink of time when you realize you’re being swarmed by ant devils. Panic steps aside....More
Jan 29, 2013

Depends outselling Pampers a sure sign of collapse

When your country wears more Depends than Pampers, economic disaster is sure to follow. In 2012, adult diapers outsold baby diapers in Japan. The....More
Jan 28, 2013

Organic production and the labor problem3

Organic farming is often touted as the one and only sustainable system for crop production, but do we really want to de-evolve technologically?....More
Jan 25, 2013

The fiscal cliff fallacy and the debt burden for our kids and grandkids3

Each person's share of the U.S. national debt has topped $50,000 — and it's continually increasing....More
Jan 24, 2013

Slow resolution of USDA minority discrimination suit stokes fires of bitterness

Tired of waiting for resolution of Pigford II, the Memphis-based Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association is stoking the fire under those....More
Jan 23, 2013

Beltwide musings – less cotton, more food and a changing industry

The Beltwide Cotton Conferences will undergo further downsizing in 2014. But it's still going to be a great place to gather information on cotton....More
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