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Jan 23, 2013

To the manor born: The Golden Age transformed to a self-service society

Perhaps the oil rich in the Arab world, or noveau riche tycoons of China, India, Mexico and other countries where there is still a huge poor....More
Jan 23, 2013

Fire ants vs. Benadryl a battle of pain

A fire ant attack is a moment of blind panic; an initial frozen blink of time when you realize you’re being swarmed by ant devils. Panic steps aside....More
Jan 22, 2013

Chalk one up for the Hudson family farm

Waterkeepers and its benefactors need to learn that filing frivolous lawsuits in an effort to bankrupt family farms can be a swift-running current....More
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
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