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Jul 03, 2012

Bull market for crop theft

Crop thieves abound in agriculture and always will. It’s never about hunger — just greed....More
Jun 26, 2012

Campfires, fish tales, and farm profitability

Farm journalists never go on vacation to strictly relax. They also take their inquisitive questions about agriculture to learn how farmers operate....More
Jun 25, 2012

Harvest of iron still haunts farmers

There are enough munitions buried in Europe’s farmland to keep the demolition squads busy for several 100 years — and maybe the next 1,000. Death in....More
Jun 22, 2012

California groundwater nitrate report more about past than present

The first inclination upon delivery of bad news is to shoot the messenger. Many a farmer wants to hypothetically do that as a pair of UC professors....More
Jun 15, 2012

Arizonans celebrate state centennial, cotton industry

These are a plethora of reasons to celebrate as Arizona’s centennial year rolls along. Arizona’s cotton industry deserves a 21-gun salute for how the....More
Jun 15, 2012

Private sector investment increasing for ag research and development

Private sector firms have become major players in developing new innovations worldwide, according to a new USDA report on investments in agricultural....More
Jun 12, 2012

World Food Prize selection shows importance of water to world's food supply

World Food Prize Committee selection of Daniel Hillel shows importance of water to agriculture....More
Jun 04, 2012

Change is a better guarantee than death and taxes

One major pet supply company is referring to pet owners as ‘pet parents.’ This incorrectly suggests giving human equality to animals....More
May 31, 2012

Social Security trust funds and Grandma’s bed

I’m old enough to remember the time when families simply didn’t need much help from Uncle Sam. My father had an unwritten rule. If something looked....More
May 29, 2012

Environmental radicals have not heard final whistle

My friends at the Center for Food Safety, Beyond Pesticides, National Family Farm Coalition, The Cornucopia Institute, Dakota Resource Council,....More
May 24, 2012

Domino’s Pizza decision based on science, not extremists

Science has proven that gestation sow stalls are the best way to protect and nurture pregnant sows near birthing. Allowing a sow ‘in the family way’....More
May 22, 2012

Farm thieves rustle wine grapes and catfish

Having tried horses, cows and catfish — rustlers have moved on to vineyards. Last year, Spiegel reported that a top German wine grape grower woke up....More
May 21, 2012

Waterkeeper Alliance – don’t ask, just litigate

When the Waterkeeper Alliance decides to make an example of you, they don’t let truth get in the way of their efforts. They take you to court and....More
May 18, 2012

Who knew, coffee is a health food?

Yesterday morning as I was enjoying my second cup of coffee—or was it my third (I lose count)—I noticed a headline in the newspaper announcing that....More
May 16, 2012

Snake farming a five-step risk

It’s not just China munching down on snakes; Chinese snake farming has gone global, finding astonishing success by feeding demand from Asia, Europe....More
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