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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
Dec 27, 2012

Not all is doom and gloom this holiday season

Agriculture has a bright future, if we survive the Mayan calendar and the fiscal cliff....More
Dec 21, 2012

Proposition 37 proponents feeling their oats

Facebook app hijacked by anti-GMO activists....More
Dec 17, 2012

Budget negotiations, farm bill discussions and Capitol Hill intrigue

As the federal budget is debated and the lame duck session hurtles towards an end, there is high intrigue on Capitol Hill....More
Dec 17, 2012

Amid Christmas’ carols and glitter, a treasure trove of memories

Christmas reminds us how quickly time passes — years suddenly become decades and before we know it, in a flash, we find ourselves in the senior....More
Dec 14, 2012

For many growers in Mid-South, record crops brought big smiles

Many Mid-South growers had record corn, soybean, rice, and cotton harvests in 2012....More
Dec 13, 2012

Predicting the future – hits and misses

Back in 2006, USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21stCentury Agriculture published a report predicting what U.S. and world agriculture....More
Dec 12, 2012

What’s in a number? Good fortune or bad karma?

It's difficult to get into the spirit of 12-12-12, good or bad, for worrying about nine days hence, when the world is due to end, according to the....More
Dec 06, 2012

Predicting the future – hits and misses

Here's a look back at a 10 forecast USDA published in 2006. What did they get right and what did they miss?....More
Dec 03, 2012

Restaurant study on RFS is a big turkey1

One again, opponents of the federal ethanol mandate are misrepresenting how much corn is being used for ethanol. It's difficult to understand why....More
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