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Mar 08, 2012

America’s farmers: Thanks for the abundance

Today, March 8, is National Agriculture Day. And anyone who eats today or anyone who has comfortable clothes to wear or anyone who slept in a bed....More
Mar 07, 2012

Brash SJV congressman shifts California water wars

Tulare, Calif., Congressman Devin Nunes crafts comprehensive legislation to give voice back to agriculture. Legislation moves to Senate where....More
Feb 22, 2012

Goodbye, Scarlett...

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Feb 21, 2012

Show me an ‘unsustainable’ farmer

Sustainable has come to imply that there are those who farm correctly and those who do not. What is the antonym of sustainable? Unsustainable? When....More
Feb 21, 2012

Sex changes and EPA wrapped up in atrazine war

The atrazine hysteria doesn’t pass inspection — it reeks of ambulance chasers and lawsuit shoppers. The activism swirling around atrazine is not....More
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
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