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Nov 15, 2011

The talented Mr. Whitney and his worthless cotton gin

Next harvest season, the ghost of Eli Whitney will return to gin yards. He’ll stand at the fringe, but no closer — muttering regrets about an....More
Nov 14, 2011

In America, we can still clean house

Could today’s world financial troubles really be more about the timeless struggle of good guys versus bad guys? And greed and government are simply....More
Nov 11, 2011

Continuing deterioration of nation’s bridges gets short shrift in funding

Deterioration of nation's bridges continues as funding fails to keep pace....More
Nov 10, 2011

Xmas trees, check-offs, and half-truths1

Warm up the cider, decorate the Christmas tree, put a match to the Yule log, hand out the songsheets and let’s all hum a dirge as common sense....More
Nov 10, 2011

2011 Cotton Photo Contest Winners Announced

We have had a wonderful response to our first photo contest and the winners of the Cotton photo contest are announced....More
Nov 09, 2011

Beetle-mimicking irrigation system wins Dyson award

A young Australian engineer has won the 2011 James Dyson Award for developing a low-maintenance, solar-powered, drip-irrigation system....More
Nov 08, 2011

U.S. agriculture needs an infusion of young farmers

The average age of the U.S. farmer continues to rise, which begs the question, "How does we encourage more young people to enter the profession?"....More
Nov 07, 2011

Chinese rice buyers touring the United States

On Sunday, November 6, rice buyers from China will arrive in Sacramento, California. Following several days of touring rice mills and farms in the....More
Nov 04, 2011

Halloween no match for scary Texas summer

If you’re a kid in Texas and wanted to make a huge haul on Halloween, you dressed up as the weather phenomenon La Niña. Farmers and ranchers would....More
Nov 04, 2011

Animals and porn: yet another off-the-wall scheme for attention1

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has announced the launch in December of an XXX porn website....More
Nov 02, 2011

2011 crop season – start to finish

What a long, strange trip this season has been for Mid-South farmers. The weather was simply bi-polar from the get go....More
Nov 02, 2011

Time to vote for your favorite photo2

The time is finally here to start voting for your favorite cotton photo!! Voting begins November 2, 2011 and will end at 5 PM CST November 9, 2011....More
Oct 31, 2011

USDA whistles past the Pigford graveyard3

As the green is doled out to a conga line of aggrieved farmers, ‘The Last Plantation’ atmosphere is apparently no more at USDA; buried in an act of....More
Oct 28, 2011

Up close and personal: Using social media to tell ag’s story

Alabama dairyman Will Gilmer uses social media to enhance agriculture's image....More
Oct 26, 2011

Cotton photo entry deadline fast approaching

You still have time to get your photos in the contest, send them to by Nov. 1, 2011....More
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