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Feb 14, 2012

Food safety – clear conscience for Japan’s rice producers

If a government agency had just approved one of your field crops during a safety inspection, but you still suspected that something was wrong, what....More
Feb 13, 2012

Cannibals for constituents and missionaries for dinner

Politicians promise the moon and then it’s off to the next gig. To steal from H. L. Mencken: “If a politician found he had cannibals among his....More
Feb 10, 2012

How many pounds of $1 cotton are in a $1,100 (!) men’s shirt?

Prices for cotton men's fashion products take the value-added concept far....More
Feb 06, 2012

Rockefeller’s riches made riding coattails of commodities

John D. Rockefeller, the richest man in history, was once a young fellow who cut his business teeth on grain, hay and meats — agricultural....More
Feb 02, 2012

Crow ping-pong and the hunt for glory

Who invents a game called crow ping-pong anyhow? Next time someone claims that America has cornered the global market on the unusual, the Germans....More
Feb 01, 2012

Apple’s 'Siri' needs a digital update on agriculture

One of the most fun new digital “toys” on the market is the new Apple iPhone 4S cell phone. Television commercials on Apple’s latest telephone....More
Jan 30, 2012

Opera star, farmer, innovator all rolled into one

Opera and farming are two callings rarely mentioned in the same breath. But there is a farmer in California who excels at them both. Zach Sheely is a....More
Jan 26, 2012

Drill, baby, drill—then wave goodbye as fuels leave U.S.

An estimated $88 billion worth of U.S. fuel products went to export in the year just ended....More
Jan 26, 2012

Domestic terror attack on cattle feeding operation chilling

The January terrorist attack on 14 trucks and trailers at Harris Feeding Co. near Coalinga, Calif., drew quick and unequivocal condemnation from many....More
Jan 25, 2012

North Korean freak show rolls on: fat men and famines

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il left behind a legacy of platform shoes, puffy hair, Swedish hookers, a vast cognac collection, ostrich farms — and oh....More
Jan 24, 2012

Huanglongbing disease raps on Western citrus’ front door

While HLB is the worst citrus disease in the world, an informed Western citrus industry has prepared for the sudden rap on the front door by this....More
Jan 23, 2012

Taking issue with negative article on ag majors

A career, whether it’s in agriculture or business or rocket science, should be about more than a paycheck....More
Jan 23, 2012

EPA hunting bullfrogs with shotgun in Sackett case

The EPA has 17,000 full time employees and approximately an $8.4 billion budget. It also has a fondness for hunting bullfrogs with a shotgun....More
Jan 20, 2012

The sorry state of nation’s roads: funding shortfall isn’t helping any

The federal gasoline tax was last increased in 1993 and since that time vehicle miles traveled have risen almost 30 percent and construction/....More
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