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Jun 23, 2011

Taming spending gorillas: cutting costs while still having everything

Taming spending gorillas: cutting government costs while still having everything....More
Jun 21, 2011

Drought of 2011 one of most depressing to cover

I’ve written about a lot of droughts in the course of more than 30 years reporting on agriculture. And I’ve probably written about more droughts in....More
Jun 17, 2011

Telling the story of Birds Point to a wider audience

We are all suffering from flood fatigue – wondering when we can pick up a newspaper or magazine and finally not have to read about the Great Flood of....More
Jun 16, 2011

Who wants to be a millionaire? It’s not as great as it once was…

Who wants to be a millionaire? Thanks to inflation, it’s not as great as it once was…....More
Jun 15, 2011

Report: China growing GM rice for years

Late in the summer of 2006, the USDA announced trace amounts of unapproved GM traits had been found in several rice varieties being grown....More
Jun 10, 2011

Yet another climate change argument: Hotter temps bringing more flooding?

Yet another climate change argument: Are hotter temps bringing more flooding?....More
Jun 10, 2011

Unintended consequences follow rash decisions

That’s when we get the law of unintended consequences—like when you bounce a ball against a wall, and it ricochets back and hits you in the eye....More
Jun 10, 2011

Iowa Sen. Grassley offers payment limit amendment -- again

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has introduced a new bill that would place a “hard cap” of $250,000 on farm program payments. It’s not....More
Jun 03, 2011

U.S. urged to continue leadership role in alleviating hunger and poverty

U.S. agriculture urged to continue leadership role in alleviating hunger and poverty....More
Jun 03, 2011

Unintended consequences follow rash decisions

That’s when we get the law of unintended consequences—like when you bounce a ball against a wall, and it ricochets back and hits you in the eye....More
Jun 02, 2011

Three college profs raise bar on arrogance

Three Southern Illinois University professors have written a letter to President Obama asking him to leave the Birds Point Levee breach open, turning....More
May 27, 2011

Manure, farmer’s markets: solution for a growing world’s food needs?

Manure and farmer's markets: A solution to the world's growing demand for food?....More
May 25, 2011

Be prepared for tornadoes in rural areas

Rural areas seldom have the warning systems available to those of us who live in town. And, even if they do, farmers and ranchers are often caught....More
May 20, 2011

Food sermons by rich and famous include heaping helping of hypocrisy

In his keynote address at the Future of Food Conference at Georgetown University, Britain's Prince Charles warned, "We are pushing nature’s life....More
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