Farm Press Blog en Supermarket hype: Paying more for negligible differences <div class="node-body blog-body">From a nutrition standpoint, test after test has shown no appreciable difference between non-organic and organic. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orchard Crops Miscellaneous Columnists Marketing and Promotion Peaches Tomatoes Farm Press Blog Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:20:00 +0000 138701 at <p><em><strong>Any difference in quality/nutrition between organic and conventionally-grown foods may be more P.R. hype than reality.</strong></em>&mdash;Getty Images/Justin Sullivan</p> Louisiana flood disasters leading many to question why? <div class="node-body blog-body">Damaging levels of flooding in Louisiana for the second time this year are resulting in questions about what's happening with weather patterns.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soybeans Government Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:17:00 +0000 138401 at Reason for Reform taking another crack at labor, immigration <div class="node-body blog-body">We’re coming to a point where the American people are going to have to make up their mind. Do we want to import food or import labor? I think people want their food grown here.” -- Zippy Duvall, AFBF president. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Management Business Farm Press Blog Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:08:00 +0000 138211 at Remembering: Voices of reason who made a difference <div class="node-body blog-body">One of the few things certain, we are told, is change, but it may be years or decades later that we fully appreciate those who were a part of that change.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Columnists Farm Press Blog Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:27:00 +0000 138331 at Military leader: ‘A man will sell his soul to feed his family’ <div class="node-body blog-body">“I firmly believe America’s first line of defense is our ability to feed and clothe our people,” says Maj. Gen. Darren Owens, U.S. Army retired.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Government Columnists Farm Press Blog Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:10:00 +0000 138191 at <p><em><strong>&quot;Comprehensive farm policy and integrated farm programs in the U.S. have helped to insure adequate supplies of food and fiber &hellip; and have allowed us to maintain a healthy people and economy.&quot;</strong></em><strong>&mdash;Maj. Gen. Darren Owens</strong></p> Splat! Whap! And there goes another $300 windshield <div class="node-body blog-body">Surely a country that can send a man to the moon can come up with glass for windshields that won’t crack crazily when hit by a pebble or other object. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Columnists Farm Press Blog Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:50:00 +0000 138001 at <p><strong>Windshield replacement costs U.S. vehicle owners millions of dollars annually.</strong><em>&mdash;Getty Images/Bill Pugliano</em></p> Could we eradicate the boll weevil again? Maybe not <div class="node-body blog-body">There's no guarantee cotton producers could eradicate the boll weevil if they had it to do over again given the political and regulatory climate they face today. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Government Farm Press Blog Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:42:00 +0000 137781 at Hats off to Bernie: A winner in the art of politicking <div class="node-body blog-body">From the day of his announcement, Bernie was on the trail, going like the Energizer Bunny, doing all the campaign shticks one would expect of someone half his age.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Miscellaneous Election Farm Press Blog Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:51:00 +0000 137731 at <p><em><strong>Bernie Sanders was the epitome of gracious loser.</strong></em><strong>&mdash;Getty Images/Marc Piscotty</strong></p> A hunting trip and the far-reaching impact of a tiny insect <div class="node-body blog-body">Thanks to the boll weevil eradication program, the pest that ruined crops, fortunes, and lives is now history in Mississippi and the entire cotton belt, save for a small slice of south Texas.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Boll weevil Columnists Cotton Farm Press Blog Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:08:00 +0000 137691 at <p><em><strong>&ldquo;The boll weevil dramatically changed my part of the world,&quot; says Mike McCormick, &quot;and it had a far-reaching impact on the lives of farmers and the economies of communities across the cotton belt.&quot;&nbsp;</strong></em></p> It matters not how much oil if there’s no food or TP <div class="node-body blog-body">Food security isn’t a given. Example: Venezuela, where government mismanagement and economic woes have resulted in widespread hardship for its citizens.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Government Columnists Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000 137541 at <p><em><strong>A long line of people wait before sunrise to buy basic foodstuffs at a supermarket in Venezuela.</strong></em><strong>&mdash;Getty Images/John Moore</strong></p> Food manufacturers boycott anti-GMO labeling activists in Vermont <div class="node-body blog-body">House and Senate approve new GMO labeling measures by wide margins, President Obama is expected to sign the legislation.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:19:00 +0000 137481 at The Brits revolt...and we're all hit in the pocketbook <div class="node-body blog-body">The uncertainty and volatility related to Brexit may well go on for many months, or even for the two years it supposedly will take for the separation to become final.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Markets Columnists Finance Farm Press Blog Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:25:00 +0000 137381 at <p><strong><em>Equity markets worldwide plunged on the news of Great Britain&#39;s vote to leave the European Union.</em>&mdash;Getty Images/Thomas Lohnes</strong></p> What do aerial applicators think of the new FAA drone rules? <div class="node-body blog-body">“A 2-pound bird – made of bones, muscle and sinew -- can shatter a plane’s window, go straight through. Imagine what hard plastic and a battery could do." -- Andrew Moore, Executive Director of the National Agricultural Aviation Association.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Management Equipment Agriculture Technology Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:33:00 +0000 137151 at Wanna be a U.S. citizen? Just bring lots of money <div class="node-body blog-body">Under the EB-5 visa program, your Uncle Sam grants up to 10,000 visas annually for immigrants who will agree to invest at least $1 million to create or retain at least 10 jobs. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Miscellaneous Government Columnists Farm Press Blog Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:35:00 +0000 137041 at <p><em><strong>The aim of the EB-5 visa program was to encourage foreign investment and create jobs in the U.S., but critics say it amounts to selling citizenship to the very wealthy.&nbsp; </strong></em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Can we trust our water filter to order its own replacement? <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s just another step in the ongoing evolution of taking humans out of the decision-making/manpower loop, all the while eliminating jobs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Columnists Electronics and digital equipment Farm Press Blog Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000 136811 at <p><em><strong>Robots are increasingly replacing human workers in manufacturing tasks, here assembling washing machines.&mdash;Getty Images/Andreas Rentz</strong></em></p>