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Jun 26, 2012

Bombs, ghosts, forages, and now peanuts: The evolution of tiny Prairie, Miss.

There is little hard information about the project that touched the lives of thousands of families and poured millions in wages into a post-Great....More
Jun 22, 2012

Southern leadership seriously lacking in this farm bill debate

Southern farm organizations say farm bill passed by Senate falls short of providing true safety net for Southern growers....More
Jun 19, 2012

Balancing conservation with the needs of 9 billion

Balancing the food and fiber needs of 9 billion people with conservation practices is a challenge for agriculture, especially with a dwindling pile....More
Jun 15, 2012

In memoriam: L.M. (Doc) Davis

Wednesday Southwest agriculture lost a good man. Doc Davis, an Elk City, Okla., cotton farmer, made a “very peaceful passing,” his son Danny emailed....More
Jun 15, 2012

Private sector investment increasing for ag research and development

Private sector firms have become major players in developing new innovations worldwide, according to a new USDA report on investments in agricultural....More
Jun 12, 2012

World Food Prize selection shows importance of water to world food supplies

World Food Prize selection of Daniel Hillel as its 2012 recipient reminds us of how important irrigation is to the world's food supply....More
Jun 08, 2012

As PACs gear up for coming vote: Maybe a .38 slug through the telly?

Between now and the November presidential election, the airwaves will be so saturated with ads we’ll want to emulate Elvis and put a slug through the....More
Jun 01, 2012

Low interest rates and strong commodity prices helping fuel farmland demand

While Mid-South farmland prices haven’t attained anywhere near the astronomical levels of the Midwest, prices have risen to levels that would’ve been....More
May 31, 2012

Recalling the Great Flood of 2011

Just a little over a year ago, during the Great Flood of 2011, Old Man River did its best to keep a massive wall of water within the confines of its....More
May 29, 2012

Mississippi Delta begins long road to harvest

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 litigate

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
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