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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
Sep 04, 2012

As lure of China’s cheap labor dims, more jobs may be returning to U.S.

As wages in China and other low cost countries have risen and transportation costs have escalated, companies are beginning to move jobs back to the U....More
Sep 04, 2012

Prop 37 brings out sane, unhinged, and plain nasty

Let me share snippets from several opinions on the most recent Proposition 37 commentary in this space. They ranged, as always, from sane and civil....More
Aug 29, 2012

Obama and Romney: Muslim name vs. Mormon fame

Every presidential race is unique, but when there’s a pedigreed Mormon running against an African American with a Muslim name — the oddity quotient....More
Aug 27, 2012

Farm bill coalition faces uphill battle as Congress focuses on debt reduction

The coalition formed by the nation's largest farm organizations will find persuading House leaders to pass a new farm bill a tough sell....More
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