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Jan 21, 2013

January freeze: agriculture’s worst enemy, best friend

An old saying references ‘thick-skinned people,’ those who handle controversy fairly well and allow any criticism of their beliefs to....More
Jan 16, 2013

Consumer Reports arsenic alarm still having an impact

The U.S. rice industry responded quickly to a Consumer Reports article on arsenic in rice, providing balance and accuracy to what was an ill-....More
Jan 10, 2013

Road to Damascus change for anti-GM apostle Mark Lynas

In a shot heard round the GM world, Mark Lynas, a pioneer in the anti-GM movement, came out as a full-fledged advocate of GM crops and his reversal....More
Jan 09, 2013

Traveling makes you appreciate home that much more

It’s inevitable when traveling. You find yourself drawing comparisons to home. We heard a lot about agriculture, and saw a lot of Europe's history....More
Jan 07, 2013

Honey laundering trails all lead to China

Honey, due to foreign imports, is one of the most tainted foods in America, and China has a sticky finger in almost every pot. The fix is in and....More
Jan 07, 2013

Proposition 37 proponents feeling their oats

You have to give the Prop 37 protestors credit, they’re creative and opportunistic when it comes to getting their message out. But 99 percent of them....More
Jan 03, 2013

Views of rural America, U.S. agriculture range from less relevant to resurgent

Before you become depressed at Vilsack’s dismal December message, consider a starkly different one from Christopher Dutton, a professor at Vermont....More
Jan 02, 2013

Rodent revenge is repulsive

The first time I heard what sounded like scurrying feet on the roof above our bedroom I thought: “Those pesky squirrels are scarfing up acorns off my....More
Jan 02, 2013

Jeff Fowle: Getting ag’s message heard first requires listening

Agriculture needs to stop using old methods of communicating with the non-farm community, says Jeff Fowle....More
Jan 01, 2013

Not all is doom and gloom this holiday season

The future will be more about bushels than acres. If your goal is to increase production, consider that the cost of improving an acre to increase....More
Dec 20, 2012

Budget negotiations, farm bill discussions and Capitol Hill intrigue

As the federal budget is debated and the lame duck session hurtles towards an end, there is high intrigue on Capitol Hill....More
Dec 17, 2012

Like horses to the slaughterhouse

Is it time to open U.S. horse slaughterhouses again? It’s a grim choice, but it may be the best one when matched with abuse, abandonment, and....More
Dec 12, 2012

Big ag equally big food provider for hungry, homeless

Here are three stories about agriculture you’ll not likely see in local newspapers, which seem to be more inclined to bash big agriculture than glean....More
Dec 10, 2012

Farm murders met with media silence

The circumstance and manner of death are numbing: farmers hacked and mutilated by machetes, dragged to death behind vehicles, stabbed with farm tools....More
Dec 07, 2012

Predicting the future – hits and misses

In 2006, USDA's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture forecast that over the next decade China and India would be key....More
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