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Nov 09, 2015

Playing politics: The drying up of ag and food sales to Cuba1

Sales of U.S. food/ag products to Cuba have dropped precipitously since the Obama administration announced limited easing of sanctions....More
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Nov 04, 2015

Avian influenza and duck season: commonsense advice1

So what should duck hunters be cautious about going into the new season?....More
Nov 02, 2015

Amid the griping and sniping, some reasons to be grateful

In an age where griping and sniping about almost everything seems the order of the day, it’s refreshing to consider some of the good things....More
Oct 30, 2015

Irony in retreat on attack on crop insurance program

Was cut in crop insurance rate of return for providers part of a plot to generate support for budget deal?....More
Oct 26, 2015

Clarifying an issue for voters — and it’s all as clear as mud

The verbiage on the Mississippi ballot to “explain” Initiatives 42 and 42 A — written in indecipherable bureaucratese — has only further muddied the....More
Oct 22, 2015

"A warning: Patience wearing thin on trade agreements"1

American farmers want to know that commitments made in trade agreements will be met by other countries, says Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University....More
Oct 21, 2015

Distracted House members leave opening for Ex-Im Bank

Ex-Im Bank reauthorization coming up for vote after 218 House members agree to discharge petition, circumventing the largely absent House leadership....More
Oct 19, 2015

The Trans-Pacific trade deal: It ain’t over till it’s over

The announcement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership had hardly hit the news before sniping ramped up by those who oppose it....More
Oct 15, 2015

Invasive species and fire-watch towers

I thought about that this week when reading about a study showing how easy it is for well-meaning gardeners to procure invasive plant species....More
Oct 12, 2015

As ag’s boom cycle wanes, forecasts see downturn through 2017

Rabobank, the global financial service, describes current conditions in agriculture as “the perfect storm.”....More
Oct 08, 2015

Boll weevil eradication best of public-private partnerships

Paying off Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation debt major milestone for farmers in fight to restore cotton's profitability....More
Oct 05, 2015

Genetic engineering: Mother Nature’s done it for centuries3

"Almost none of our foods that we eat today is the product of Nature’s way." says Jon Entine, author of "GMOs, Yes! Why ‘Biotech 2.0’ Foods are Safe....More
Oct 02, 2015

Doomsday vault’s first withdrawal, floating farms and swarming robots

Some ag tech stories you may have missed....More
Sep 28, 2015

Bamboozled at the seafood counter: catfish that isn’t1

The lesson is that where catfish is farm-raised does make a significant difference....More
Sep 21, 2015

Closing the rural digital divide: FCC says goal is end of 2020

Progress on providing broadband Internet service to rural areas is not occurring "broadly enough or quickly enough," says the Federal Communications....More
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