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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
Nov 30, 2012

George Mullendore: In the world of cotton, he was a rock star2

George Mullendore, who died recently, became a rock star in the world of cotton....More
Nov 27, 2012

PETA and the death of sanity4

It’s unfair to label People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as an extremist organization. Giving PETA that tag is an unjust, terrible insult to....More
Nov 26, 2012

Proposition 37 – gone, but probably not forgotten2

Proposition 37, which would have required the labeling of foods containing GMO ingredients, was defeated by California voters recently. But we likely....More
Nov 24, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to those who feed, clothe and protect

Thank goodness for leftovers, football and U.S. famers....More
Nov 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

Thanksgiving encourages me to think about all the things I should be grateful for. I admit I mostly spend the day over-indulging in a lot of those....More
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
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