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Jan 28, 2013

Organic production and the labor problem3

Organic farming is often touted as the one and only sustainable system for crop production, but do we really want to de-evolve technologically?....More
Jan 25, 2013

The fiscal cliff fallacy and the debt burden for our kids and grandkids3

Each person's share of the U.S. national debt has topped $50,000 — and it's continually increasing....More
Jan 24, 2013

Slow resolution of USDA minority discrimination suit stokes fires of bitterness

Tired of waiting for resolution of Pigford II, the Memphis-based Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association is stoking the fire under those....More
Jan 23, 2013

Beltwide musings – less cotton, more food and a changing industry

The Beltwide Cotton Conferences will undergo further downsizing in 2014. But it's still going to be a great place to gather information on cotton....More
Jan 23, 2013

National debt not greatest challenge facing the country3

We survived. We avoided that fiscal cliff, which was considerably steeper and significantly more hazardous than what we face today, and emerged—....More
Jan 18, 2013

To the manor born: The Golden Age transformed to a self-service society2

Perhaps the oil rich in the Arab world, or noveau riche tycoons of China, India, Mexico and other countries where there is still a huge poor....More
Jan 18, 2013

Chalk one up for the Hudson family farm1

A judge recently ruled against the Waterkeepers Alliance for its suit against the Hudson family farm's poultry operation. Usually talkative about....More
Jan 15, 2013

Road to Damascus change for anti-GM apostle Mark Lynas2

In a shot heard round the GM world, Mark Lynas, a pioneer in the anti-GM movement, came out as a full-fledged advocate of GM crops and his reversal....More
Jan 11, 2013

We celebrated our mother’s life

My mother, like all mothers, was not perfect. She tended to be a bit overprotective of her five children. She hung onto things like scraps of fabric....More
Jan 11, 2013

U.S. healthcare: A tortuous trail of inefficiency, waste, and fraud1

Health care costs have increased at a greater rate than the U.S. economy in 31 of the past 40 years....More
Jan 10, 2013

Consumer Reports arsenic alarm still having an impact

A Consumer Reports article on arsenic in rice is still having an impact on brown rice consumption, according to a recent study....More
Jan 04, 2013

Opting out of Union? However imperfect, it’s still the best anywhere

However imperfect life in the U.S. may be according to the particular standards of the secessionists, it’s still better than almost any place else on....More
Dec 28, 2012

Jeff Fowle: Getting ag’s message heard first requires listening

Agriculture needs to stop using old methods of communicating with the non-farm community, says Jeff Fowle....More
Dec 27, 2012

Leadership vacuum adds to Washington budget turmoil

It may be time for the Speaker of the House to step down if he cannot lead the House to pass legislation needed to avert the fiscal crisis some are....More
Dec 27, 2012

Beltwide Cotton Conferences – squeeze it for all it’s worth1

The upcoming Beltwide Cotton Conferences will change its format after 2013, going to a technical conference only....More
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