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Oct 01, 2012

A glass of Hitler Cabernet with a Mussolini chaser

Sticking Adolf Hitler on a wine label would be marketing death for most wineries. Yet, Lunardelli winery is turning shock-value into dollars by....More
Sep 27, 2012

Phoenix police take bullet over cotton clothing flap

Imagine serving as a Phoenix, Ariz. police officer working outside in 115-degree summer heat while sweating bullets (excuse the pun) due to the....More
Sep 27, 2012

Not surprised at farm bill failure to launch

Since sometime last spring I’ve been skeptical of the likelihood that the U.S. Congress would pass a farm bill this year. My skepticism was well-....More
Sep 25, 2012

Consumer Reports’ Boogeyman of the Month

A new Consumer Reports study says levels of arsenic is rice are "worrisome." But their findings seem a bit premature at best....More
Sep 24, 2012

Honey bees – take a walk on the light side

Some want to blame pesticides for the decline in the health of honeybees and other pollinators. But those close to the issue know it's due to an....More
Sep 20, 2012

As farm bill falters the fat lady sings a dirge

The House will have been in session eight days from August 4 through mid-November. That is an outrage. It is especially an outrage in the face of a....More
Sep 18, 2012

When only machines have jobs, what then do we do with people?

The dilemma increasingly confronting our society is the utilization of technology/automation to eliminate, insofar as possible, any need for humans....More
Sep 18, 2012

US Chef Corps prepares Deal-A-Meal diplomacy

A U.S. ambassador is murdered, embassies are under siege, and Iran’s robed madmen are rattling their nuclear sabers again — and that’s just a....More
Sep 17, 2012

Lowell Catlett, futurist, motivates and entertains

If you ever get a chance to hear Lowell Catlett speak, do so. You will not regret it. Buy a ticket if you have to. The experience will be worth the....More
Sep 17, 2012

Regulations a financial noose for small producers

Buttonwillow, Calif., farmer Jason Selvidge says every year state and federal governments pile more and more regulations on agriculture. It appears....More
Sep 17, 2012

‘The Survivor Tree,’ like agriculture, embodies resilience

Eleven years ago this month, America absorbed a horrific blow from terrorism. But terrorists underestimated our resiliency....More
Sep 14, 2012

Old Yeller and thumbs up

Old Yeller is my mistress — the only one my wife allows. She is a 1955 Chevy two-door sedan configured as a Pro Street car. Old Yeller is a mid-life....More
Sep 11, 2012

What happens if Congress fails to pass the House Ag Committee farm bill

Farmers face the prospect of not having a farm bill in 2012 or ever if Congress fails to seize the opportunity presented during the short business....More
Sep 11, 2012

Cotton research and promotion – creating a better pencil

Most cotton producers know about the agronomic research carried out by Cotton Incorporated’s Cotton Research....More
Sep 04, 2012

Choose organic if you like, just not for nutrition advantages

Just don’t assume that you’re getting healthier, more nutritious, more environmentally friendly tomatoes or artichokes because they have been grown....More
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