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Dec 29, 2014

Falling oil prices bring relief, but not everyone’s smiling

It’s something many of us thought we’d never see again: gas prices at the $2 or below level. And yet it is happening: even in rural Mississippi....More
Dec 22, 2014

Amid Christmas glitz and hype, may promise of old shine anew

One can only wonder what today’s youngsters, growing up in an electronic/cyber world, will look back on with nostalgia 20, 30, 40 Christmases hence....More
Dec 15, 2014

Standing still: Declining support stifles U.S. science research edge

Concern for the nation’s “innovation deficit” has led dozens of organizations to urge Congress to increase fiscal year 2015 investments in scientific....More
Dec 08, 2014

In era of big data, what role will public institutions play?

If we have only a handful of companies, and only a small handful of people who understand big data technology, what will be the role of land grant....More
Dec 02, 2014

Good value: Crop protection materials return $19 in production value for each $1

U.S. farmers have received a $19 return in production value for every $1 spent on crop protection chemicals, according to a study by the Council for....More
Nov 24, 2014

Supermarket hyperbole too often falls flat with fruits and veggies1

If supermarket veggies have no taste, and likely little nutritional value, well c’est la vie, that’s marketing in today’s world in which everyone is....More
Nov 18, 2014

Frosty morn and autumn leaves: A November retrospective…

Where did summer go? Those l-o-n-g days of warm sun, with nary a thought of chills and coats and heating bills....More
Nov 11, 2014

Quackery is serious business for Dr. Group 

Dr. Edward Group, chiropractor, has a cure for the "toxins" of biotechnology - his 15 or so high-priced products to cleanse your innards....More
Nov 11, 2014

The gospel according to Dr. Oz: A looming pesticide arms race?2

“GMOs can be ushering in a pesticide arms race,” declares Dr. Oz, noted heart surgeon turned TV personality and proponent of supplements and remedies....More
Nov 04, 2014

Buck Rogers comes to the farm as robots take over human tasks

As digital technologies leapfrog, human involvement in the processes of the business world, including farming, is going to be less and less....More
Oct 29, 2014

Biotech crops in Europe could be "dead and buried"

A GMO proposal now before the European Parliament entails a little-noticed debate that could be crucial for the future of European agriculture....More
Oct 27, 2014

Consumer Reports should stick to toaster ovens

Consumer Reports can tell us all about automobiles and toaster ovens. Biotechnology, not so much....More
Oct 22, 2014

Anti-GMO campaign fails to percolate1

Anti-GMO groups thought a mass social media campaign would force Starbucks toward organic-friendly Frappuccinos. Fortunately, the attack failed to....More
Oct 20, 2014

U.S. and Mexico are ‘rising stars’ in manufacturing competitiveness

The wage differential between the U.S. and China isn’t as big as it once was. One major factor in the change is the increasing advantage the U.S. has....More
Oct 17, 2014

Ill-advised pesticide ban costing European farmers up to half their crops

European Union farmers plowing up rapeseed crops after flea beetles take out up to 50 percent of their crops....More
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