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Aug 31, 2015

Cuba and China: A difference that’s difficult to fathom

For decades now the U.S. has been trading with and allowing open travel to China, whose government has been one of the most repressive on the planet....More
Aug 28, 2015

‘Houston, we have a problem,’ and it's called pigweed

Scattered pigweed in fields this year could become a major problem in Mid-South crops next season....More
Aug 28, 2015

Eat your gloop but I’m sticking with a good, old plate lunch

Maybe it was a result of the heat, but July cooked up more food goofiness....More
Aug 24, 2015

There’s no such thing as a free lunch or free road and bridge repairs1

U.S. farmers are losing their transportation advantage over competitors like Brazil while roads and bridges crumble for lack of investment....More
Aug 24, 2015

Kicking the can, again, down ever-so-crumbling highways1

As paving season melts away like an ice cube in the August sun, highwaysare in horrible condition and getting worse by the day....More
Aug 17, 2015

Elections of yore: promises galore and surreptitious swigs of illegal liquids1

Yesteryear elections for public offices were light years removed from today’s voting, when everything is over and done by the 10 p.m. newscasts....More
Aug 10, 2015

Feed the world? Many consumers don’t see it the way farmers do

Surveys by the Center for Food Integrity show American consumers rank feeding the rest of the world dead last on their top 10 list of food concerns....More
Aug 06, 2015

Food terror, needles, nails, and the Batman

The sabotage has actually been going on for a while. The first needles were discovered last October. The farm where the potatoes were produced halted....More
Aug 03, 2015

When China’s economy hiccups, world economies get the jitters

“What happens in China moves through all the world’s major economies," says cotton analyst O.A. Cleveland, Jr. "A setback in that economy makes the....More
Jul 29, 2015

The rain in the South falls mainly where it feels like it

Rains in mid-July pushed the drought a little farther away for the Mid-South, but the crops -- and growers -- still have a long way to go in 2015....More
Jul 20, 2015

Hate your job? The robot that replaces you couldn’t care less

As technology becomes ever more sophisticated, the trend escalates: fewer and fewer people are needed to do many of today’s jobs....More
Jul 14, 2015

Is that fancy tractor really yours? Well, maybe, kinda, sorta

The U.S. Copyright Office is expected to issue a ruling this month clarifying what you can or can’t do with things you buy that are operated by....More
Jul 09, 2015

Pick your poison wisely, especially on the Internet

You can't make this stuff up -- most people get too much of their information from webistes with an agenda....More
Jul 06, 2015

A frozen Garden of Eden: Cary Fowler, consummate seed saver

Memphis, Tenn. native Cary Fowler is on a mission to preserve world crop diversity by collecting and saving seed for crops no longer used in modern....More
Jul 01, 2015

And with your hamburger how about a side of porn?

Can somebody tell me where I can get one of those gorgeous, juicy, half-a-foot-high hamburgers we see in TV ads? The ones you actually get are all....More
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