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Jun 20, 2011

Drought of 2011 one of most depressing to cover

I’ve written about a lot of droughts in the course of more than 30 years reporting on agriculture. And I’ve probably written about more droughts in....More
Jun 17, 2011

House subcommittee’s NIFA funding proposal

Research, education and funding for land-grant programs are among the many facets of the agriculture appropriations debate in Congress. For more,....More
Jun 17, 2011

Report: China growing GM rice for years

Late in the summer of 2006, the USDA announced trace amounts of unapproved GM traits had been found in several rice varieties being grown....More
Jun 14, 2011

U.S. urged to continue leadership role in alleviating hunger and poverty

U.S. urged to continue leadership role in alleviating world hunger and poverty....More
Jun 14, 2011

Consumer watchdogs fiddled while European food safety burned

Organic Consumers Association, The Center for Food Safety, Organic Trade Association, Environmental Working Group, Pesticide Action Network and....More
Jun 13, 2011

Firefighters gain ground against Arizona’s Wallow Fire3

Firefighters place their lives on the line every single day along with police and other unsung heroes....More
Jun 07, 2011

Perfect storm ignites Arizona wildfire season

Over the years, tree huggers have successfully kept logging companies out of the Arizona woods. The best way to manage forests is through proper....More
May 31, 2011

Manure, farmer’s markets: solution for a growing world’s food needs?1

Manure and farmer's markets: A solution to world's growing food needs?....More
May 26, 2011

World’s a better place because of Jack Stone

Jack Stone always intimidated me. You never met or said hello to Jack Stone. You were subjected to Jack Stone, and this is a better world for it....More
May 20, 2011

Food sermons by rich and famous include heaping helping of hypocrisy

Food sermons by the rich and famous include a heaping helping of hypocrisy....More
May 18, 2011

Less is more: Dr. No’s Magical Rχ for curing government ills

Ron Paul, who may run for president (again), is the consummate iconoclast, the guy who stands up to the system, who says virtually all government is....More
May 16, 2011

USDA decision a step forward for leafy green food safety

The agreement is designed to strengthen nationwide food safety protocols at the farm, processing, and distribution levels – from “food-to-fork.”....More
May 12, 2011

Fill up the tank with Chardonnay; a world powered on wine8

I can see it now. Instead of regular, super regular and premium; the pump would read Selma Thompson regular; Lodi Zinfandel or Santa Barbara Pinot....More
Apr 25, 2011

As food prices move upward, farmer's share budges little

Last month saw wholesale food prices record the largest increase in 36 years, and industry analysts’ crystal balls don’t foresee how much more they’....More
Apr 20, 2011

Farm visit is ideal Earth Day activity

I celebrated Earth Day a few days early this year – Tuesday, April 19....More
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