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Jul 23, 2013

Peaches should not go crunch

Peaches should not go crunch. Unfortunately, I have bitten into far too many peaches of late that snapped like an apple. And most were too small to....More
Jul 23, 2013

PETA pitches nonsense over baseball-fish tale

The environmental activist organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is up to its ‘slick willy’ shenanigans again....More
Jul 17, 2013

Pigeon racing the new sport of kings

Pigeons are the new thoroughbreds in China and everyone has taken notice — breeders in Europe and even the feed industry in the United States....More
Jul 16, 2013

Farmer guilty of defending family with shotgun

Liberty takes a heck of a beating when a farmer can’t defend his family and property from thieves. In an upside legal world — the victim becomes the....More
Jul 10, 2013

Agriculture apocalypse just around bend, again

The apocalypse cult keeps the doomsday clock permanently set at three minutes to midnight — whether it’s a population bomb, asteroid impact, disease....More
Jul 09, 2013

Farm bill or food stamps? Congress must decide vexing issue

The debate over food stamp spending is creating a roadblock for new farm legislation that must be overcome if new farm bill is to be passed....More
Jul 08, 2013

Ask questions at farmers’ markets

Just because a farmer's market vendor says it's true does not make it true. Ask questions; legitimate farmers will be glad to answer them....More
Jul 05, 2013

Yarnell Hill fire will not burn Arizonans’ resolve

Chances are you remember exactly where you were in 2001 when breaking news on radio and television revealed the first reports of a plane flying....More
Jul 02, 2013

Hey, Lou, I want to buy a computer

Abbott and Costello in today's computer world. Only for those who remember the comic duo and are frustrated with computers....More
Jul 01, 2013

DIY biotech a glowing minefield for USDA

Biotechnology has become cheap enough to give rise to a do-it-yourself movement. Plant a demon seed, raise a flower of fire. Plant a do-it-yourself....More
Jun 25, 2013

Meteorite find a golden harvest for farmer

Farmer Bruce Lilienthal hit the jackpot when he found an odd rock on his land in 2011 — a 33-pound meteorite....More
Jun 24, 2013

A perspective from my side of the plate

(Todd Fitchette is the new associate editor with Western Farm Press, based in Tulare, Calif.) The main reason I enjoy agricultural journalism so....More
Jun 24, 2013

Oregon GMO mystery wheat is a whodunit

The discovery of unapproved Rounup Ready soft white wheat in eastern Oregon has been called a “mystery.” It is no mystery. Someone planted it....More
Jun 23, 2013

FDA, agriculture at dangerous food-safety crossroads

The agricultural industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are often on opposite sides of the fence. It’s a love-hate....More
Jun 19, 2013

Wild dog plague crushing livestock industry

Australia's wild dog hunters can’t keep up. A bullet to the head or heart brings $500 per dog — but it doesn’t matter. Tens of thousands of wild dogs....More
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