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Apr 06, 2011

It will take more than a wet year to end California drought

Everything is green. Soil profiles are full. Lakes are dam-top full. Rivers are flowing bank-to-bank, and it’s just mid-April. It has been so wet;....More
Apr 01, 2011

Winter weather worthy of celebration for most

Record-setting rainfall helped fill reservoirs in the West with snow melt certain to enhance the levels....More
Mar 31, 2011

An energy-independent U.S.

President Obama, in a speech today outlining his administration’s national energy policy, set a goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third over....More
Mar 25, 2011

Solution for escalating food costs: Let 'em eat iPads

Starting with the 1973 Arab oil embargo, which set energy prices on their upward spiral, costs for everything have inflated as companies increased....More
Mar 22, 2011

Facts distorted again in second RR alfalfa lawsuit

As expected, the Center for Food Safety (CFS), along with a similar radical group, Earthjustice, has filed another lawsuit to try a second time to....More
Mar 21, 2011

Annual exercise in frustration: calculating the income tax bill

Could the taxation process be made simpler? Of course it could. But how much screaming would arise from the many thousands of tax prep businesses —....More
Mar 21, 2011

We appreciate your calls and e-mails

Some interesting communiqués have arrived via phone and email over the past week or so, some in response to the article I wrote recently on my mother....More
Mar 09, 2011

Sustainable agriculture warm, fuzzy, indefinable

Sustainable agriculture cannot be clearly defined--yet it is a warm and fuzzy term to consumers, especially since the alternative is unsustainable....More
Mar 07, 2011

Food vs. population: Malthus 200 years later

“By 2050, we will not have a planet left that is recognizable” if current food trends continue, said Jason Clay at the annual conference of the....More
Feb 24, 2011

Farm groups stepping up education efforts

House Continuing Resolution goes to Senate where it faces uncertain future....More
Feb 24, 2011

Cotton mill tour rekindles memories

The first real job, the first work I did for which I got a company paycheck, was in a cotton mill. The summer after I graduated from high school my....More
Feb 23, 2011

Food crisis topples world leaders as farm prices surge

As the scene plays out before us, a growing world population, both poor and prosperous, is demanding food while the crisis mounts. The prediction....More
Feb 18, 2011

Oprah, Justin Bieber, Sarah Palin: OK, Google, need I say more?

Oprah, Justin Bieber, Sarah Palin: OK, Google, need I say more?....More
Feb 14, 2011

China's changing labor and wage picture an influence on economies worldwide

China's changing labor and wage picture an influence on economies worldwide....More
Feb 11, 2011

World Ag Expo hangover: achy bones, upright thumbs

World Ag Expo weather was perfect with sun-drenched skies, a refreshing breeze, and light-jacket temperatures in the low 60s....More
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