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Sep 21, 2010

Iowa Farm Bureau: No more direct payments

The Iowa Farm Bureau voted at its fall meeting to recommend that Congress eliminate direct payments from the next farm bill....More
Sep 17, 2010

From picking by hand to GMOs

One of the always interesting aspects of my visits to farmers is learning something about how they came to agriculture as a life’s work....More
Sep 16, 2010

Conservation-minded soybean growers

Are you a soybean grower who excels in environmentally friendly and conservation practices?....More
Sep 10, 2010

Nothing says toxic exposure like bad television

Personally, I think exposure to a couple of reality television shows can be a lot more toxic to a child’s mind than barely-detectable pesticide....More
Sep 10, 2010

Misdirected anger: Washington not only culprit in economic misery

Taxes at the state and local level are rising more rapidly than those at the national level....More
Sep 03, 2010

America's greatest generation of farmers

Gratitude for America's greatest generation of farmers....More
Aug 31, 2010

BP board game imitates real life

No doubt, if the BP oil spill was a board game, BP would have finished last....More
Aug 20, 2010

Pigford update, Boyd interview preview

During an early August interview, I asked Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln about the $1.5 billion Pigford/USDA settlement and Congress’ seeming....More
Aug 18, 2010

On the lookout for top-notch cotton producers

Some are driven by the pure joy of managing the crop, others by cotton’s stunning reward, a blanket of fluffy-white cotton bolls, waiting to be....More
Aug 17, 2010

Got wheat seed?

Even without the price run-up following Russia’s ban of grain exports imposed Aug. 15, it was likely the supply of wheat seed would not meet demand....More
Aug 13, 2010

Doubling up on a one-way street

U.S. ag exporters will need help in knocking down barriers to their products imposed by foreign governments....More
Aug 06, 2010

Celestial bowling…

Late July and August are historically hot and dry (2009’s daily gullywashers a memorable exception), with only the occasional meandering thunderstorm....More
Aug 04, 2010

Bouquets and brickbats for August

How big is that Texas crop? If realized, it could be 82 percent of last year’s crop – last year’s entire U.S. crop that is....More
Jul 26, 2010

A bridge to memories…

I wasn't there this week when they gathered to cut the ribbon for the official opening of the new $200-million-plus Highway 82 bridge across the....More
Jul 22, 2010

I never figured getting old would be like this

For us guys, aging appears to be the occurrence one physical insult after another, topped off by a series of uncompromising mental dilemmas....More
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