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Jul 15, 2011

Like iron to a magnet: farmland investments pull billions globally

It’s being termed “The Global Land Grab,” as large investment groups and corporations — and even public pension funds and church organizations — buy....More
Jul 08, 2011

Abbott Myers: ‘We love technology, but like any tool, it has to pay its way’

Abbott Myers: ‘We love technology, but like any tool, it has to pay its way’....More
Jul 06, 2011

Corn growers say House subcommittee's E15 hearing borders on being a sham1

  National Corn Grower leaders have been around the pike a few times. So they didn’t have much trouble recognizing a hearing scheduled....More
Jul 01, 2011

Making choices: trillions for wars while vital infrastructure crumbles

Making choices: trillions for wars while nation's vital infrastructure crumbles....More
Jun 28, 2011

Agricultural land – a positive for communities

Can producing an acre of houses be much more lucrative to a landowner than renting the land out to produce an acre of grain? Maybe so, but according....More
Jun 23, 2011

Taming spending gorillas: cutting costs while still having everything2

Taming spending gorillas: cutting government costs while still having everything....More
Jun 21, 2011

Drought of 2011 one of most depressing to cover

I’ve written about a lot of droughts in the course of more than 30 years reporting on agriculture. And I’ve probably written about more droughts in....More
Jun 17, 2011

Telling the story of Birds Point to a wider audience

We are all suffering from flood fatigue – wondering when we can pick up a newspaper or magazine and finally not have to read about the Great Flood of....More
Jun 16, 2011

Who wants to be a millionaire? It’s not as great as it once was…

Who wants to be a millionaire? Thanks to inflation, it’s not as great as it once was…....More
Jun 15, 2011

Report: China growing GM rice for years

Late in the summer of 2006, the USDA announced trace amounts of unapproved GM traits had been found in several rice varieties being grown....More
Jun 10, 2011

Yet another climate change argument: Hotter temps bringing more flooding?

Yet another climate change argument: Are hotter temps bringing more flooding?....More
Jun 10, 2011

Unintended consequences follow rash decisions

That’s when we get the law of unintended consequences—like when you bounce a ball against a wall, and it ricochets back and hits you in the eye....More
Jun 10, 2011

Iowa Sen. Grassley offers payment limit amendment -- again1

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has introduced a new bill that would place a “hard cap” of $250,000 on farm program payments. It’s not....More
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