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Aug 12, 2011

Instant economic experts putting country through interesting times

The vote on raising the debt ceiling may have cost more than a lowering of the country's credit rating and three down days in the stock market....More
Aug 11, 2011

West coast lifeguard – not a bad gig, and free sunglasses too

Trade in your tractor cab for an ivory tower by the beach. It's a lot less stressful, and it pays good too....More
Aug 11, 2011

Abandoned cotton acres recall the great plow-up of 1933

In 1933, a plow-up campaign to improve cotton prices resulted in a loss of 28 percent of the cotton crop and over 3 million bales. While total....More
Aug 08, 2011

Good times for farm prices, but costs keep upward climb

Good times for farm prices, but costs keep their upward climb....More
Aug 04, 2011

The debt ceiling farce: straining at gnats, accomplishing not much of anything

The debt ceiling farce: straining at gnats, accomplishing not much of anything....More
Jul 29, 2011

Rural population decline poses ag program challenges

Farm spending makes a great target when so much of the U.S. budget is off limits. A recent report from the non-profit Population Reference Bureau....More
Jul 22, 2011

A moral case for free trade?

Among criticisms of pending Free Trade Agreements is the charge that such deals are structured in ways that keep the poor from improving their lot....More
Jul 22, 2011

In crafting 2012 farm bill, hopes for putting the Brazil case to rest

In crafting 2012 farm bill, hopes for putting the Brazil case to rest....More
Jul 15, 2011

Like iron to a magnet: farmland investments pull billions globally

It’s being termed “The Global Land Grab,” as large investment groups and corporations — and even public pension funds and church organizations — buy....More
Jul 08, 2011

Abbott Myers: ‘We love technology, but like any tool, it has to pay its way’

Abbott Myers: ‘We love technology, but like any tool, it has to pay its way’....More
Jul 06, 2011

Corn growers say House subcommittee's E15 hearing borders on being a sham

  National Corn Grower leaders have been around the pike a few times. So they didn’t have much trouble recognizing a hearing scheduled....More
Jul 01, 2011

Making choices: trillions for wars while vital infrastructure crumbles

Making choices: trillions for wars while nation's vital infrastructure crumbles....More
Jun 28, 2011

Agricultural land – a positive for communities

Can producing an acre of houses be much more lucrative to a landowner than renting the land out to produce an acre of grain? Maybe so, but according....More
Jun 23, 2011

Taming spending gorillas: cutting costs while still having everything

Taming spending gorillas: cutting government costs while still having everything....More
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