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May 29, 2012

Mississippi Delta begins long road to harvest1

Technology and technique will always change; but Delta dirt remains the same — the lifeblood of the region’s agricultural heritage....More
May 25, 2012

Social Security trust funds and Grandma’s bed

I’m old enough to remember the time when families simply didn’t need much help from Uncle Sam. My father had an unwritten rule. If something looked....More
May 25, 2012

From out of the past, updating a young farmer’s zeal to succeed

After nearly three decades, Mississippi farmer Jaby Denton's business principles still are sound....More
May 18, 2012

GPS roulette: Oh, the (unintended) sights the Map Goddess provides

While portable GPS units can be reasonably accurate in a city, it’s an entirely different story out in rural areas....More
May 17, 2012

Waterkeeper Alliance – don’t ask, just litigate1

When the Waterkeeper Alliance decides to make an example of you, they don’t let truth get in the way of their efforts. They take you to court and....More
May 17, 2012

Snake farming a five-step risk

It’s not just China munching down on snakes; Chinese snake farming has gone global, finding astonishing success by feeding demand from Asia, Europe....More
May 11, 2012

Anniversary of 2011 floods

Was it only a year ago when abundant rains caused a chain-reaction of misery in the Mid-South? Back then, a sense of disbelief set in as waterways....More
May 11, 2012

T. Boone Picken’s energy gospel part 2: natural gas as a bridge to the future1

“Natural gas will do everything we want it to do,” says T. Boone Pickens. “It’s 130-octane fuel, it’s 25 percent cleaner than oil — and we have an....More
May 09, 2012

Water jihads and Moe Howard haircuts

Almost from the dawn of time, water cataclysm has been based on too much of a good thing. Throw that archetype out the window and prepare for....More
May 08, 2012

An eminent domain fight, a Pigford sign-up deadline and catfish inspections

Folks tend to get upset when land they own is forcefully taken over by outside interests claiming eminent domain. Government projects, infrastructure....More
May 04, 2012

Mother Nature’s excesses offset by the splendor of a spring day

The excesses of Mother Nature are easily overlooked in the splendor of an April day, when all the elements of earth and sky blend to a magical whole....More
Apr 29, 2012

Sustainable meat, undercover videos, Clinton speaks truth and hunting dog research

Are the benefits and possibilities of “environmentally sustainable” meat production overblown?....More
Apr 26, 2012

Spanning five generations, farming has been a tradition for Graves family in Mississippi

Mike Graves and his sons, Allen and Tyler, that investing in equipment to boost efficiency and yields adds to the efficiency of their farming....More
Apr 23, 2012

Cottonmouths, armadillos and leprosy — pick your poison1

I was suddenly at one with nature, holding up a 15-pound armadillo — and I was shaking with tsunami ferocity. Absurd scene: me holding a live....More
Apr 22, 2012

Boll weevil fund sweep is pennywise, pound foolish

In Louisiana, boll weevil funds totaling $766,000 were caught up in a fund sweep of more than $198 million to help pay for health care and other....More
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