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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 bed2

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 whistle2

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 extremists2

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?2

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 risk2

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
May 15, 2012

T. Boone Picken’s energy gospel part 2: natural gas as a bridge to the future

“Natural gas will do everything we want it to do,” says T. Boone Pickens. “It’s 130-octane fuel, it’s 25 percent cleaner than oil — and we have an....More
May 11, 2012

Farm kids learn valuable lessons from their labor

The United States Department of Labor was correct in reversing its decision to impose severe restrictions on the tasks young people may perform on....More
May 10, 2012

An eminent domain fight, a Pigford sign-up deadline and catfish inspections2

Folks tend to get upset when land they own is forcefully taken over by outside interests claiming eminent domain. Government projects, infrastructure....More
May 08, 2012

Water jihads and Moe Howard haircuts

Almost from the dawn of time, water cataclysm has been based on too much of a good thing. Throw that archetype out the window and prepare for....More
Apr 30, 2012

$500 salmon versus $10 trout3

I love fish stories. This one is a doozy. It is about dubious salmon that could be the world’s most expensive fish and thousands of remarkably....More
Apr 27, 2012

Fallout from mad cow scare hopefully short-lived1

As with any food quality scare, the fallout is usually worse than the incident. Hopefully, the consequences of this mad cow crisis will be short-....More
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