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Nov 21, 2012

Giving thanks: It’s about a lot more than groaning tables and football

  As we celebrate this uniquely American observance, I am: • Thankful for the bounty of this incredibly beautiful and diverse land,....More
Nov 16, 2012

With election behind, agriculture looks to resolution of immigration reform issues

After more than a decade of little unity among the various stakeholders on how immigration laws should be reformed, progress may finally be at hand....More
Nov 15, 2012

Cotton yields encouraging, but not enough to bump acres

Will unexpectedly good yields in the Mid-South staunch the decline in cotton acreage in 2013. Probably not, according to observers....More
Nov 12, 2012

2nd Annual Cotton Photo Contest winners announced

Congratulations to our winners!! I have been very pleased with the response for the contest and I want to thank everyone that entered and voted on....More
Nov 09, 2012

Everyone else visits/trades with Cuba, but U.S. stubbornly remains a holdout

Further relieving U.S. travel and export finance restrictions could add another $122.1 million in southern exports to Cuba....More
Nov 07, 2012

After contentious election, it’s time to heal1

The challenge — for winners and losers — will be a big one. Somehow, the U.S. Congress must put aside its stubbornness and intractability and find a....More
Nov 07, 2012

A billion here, a billion there — to achieve more gridlock?

Contributions of $10 or $50 from individual voters are spit in the ocean compared to those from wealthy individuals and corporate donors....More
Nov 02, 2012

Using invasive plants for biofuels: Potential for ecological problems?

Invasive species cost the U.S. $120 billion each year and there is concern that a proposed biofuelds feedstock may be just such a problem....More
Nov 01, 2012

El Nino may be a disappointment for the Southwest

El Nino turned out to be a wimp. Wouldn’t you know that a long-anticipated weather trend that promised to bring more precipitation and cooler....More
Oct 31, 2012

Study says organic no healthier than conventional6

A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that organic foods aren’t any safer or more nutritious for children than conventionally-....More
Oct 26, 2012

Move agriculture to the big city and save the planet2

The idea of buying farm produce locally has spawned a number of far out ideas over the years. Some have been brilliant, others not so much....More
Oct 26, 2012

Itch, scratch — poison ivy’s misery belied in display of autumn color

From subtle yellow to delicate pink to bright orange and red, poison ivy is one of the most colorful plants in the autumn southern landscape....More
Oct 25, 2012

U.S. agriculture needs a transfusion of youth1

With one-third of U.S. farmers now 65 or older, time is running short for a transfusion of youth....More
Oct 25, 2012

2nd Annual Cotton Photo Contest deadline approaching fast1

We are receiving great photos for our 2nd Annual Cotton Photo Contest....More
Oct 22, 2012

Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ 50 years later2

Rachel Carson's dire predictions about cancer and pesticide use failed to materialize, but her book, "Silent Spring" still resonates among those in....More
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