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Aug 22, 2011

Currency reform act: Would it help level the trade playing field?

Would the proposed Currency Reform Act help level the trade playing field?....More
Aug 17, 2011

‘Dirty Dozen’ still kicking up dirt on EWG

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) disputable 'Dirty Dozen' is still in the news, and that’s good. This year there was a marked increase in....More
Aug 16, 2011

Western fruit and vegetable growers deserve culinary bow

It seems like yesterday but 33 years have passed since this green journalist right out of ‘Moo U’ (Mississippi State University) began....More
Aug 12, 2011

545 versus 312 million people

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 312 million are directly....More
Aug 08, 2011

Good times for farm prices, but costs keep upward climb

Good times for farm prices, but costs keep upward climb....More
Aug 04, 2011

The debt ceiling farce: straining at gnats, accomplishing not much of anything

The debt ceiling farce: straining at gnats, accomplishing not much of anything....More
Aug 01, 2011

Rural population decline poses ag program challenges

Farm spending makes a great target when so much of the U.S. budget is off limits. A recent report from the non-profit Population Reference Bureau....More
Jul 27, 2011

California wine grape growers hope good times continue

California may be the most diversified agricultural region in the nation and the world, yet there are some interesting parallels between the....More
Jul 18, 2011

Like iron to a magnet: farmland investments pull in billions globally

Like iron to a magnet: farmland investments pull in billions globally....More
Jul 05, 2011

Making choices: trillions for wars while nation's vital infrastructure crumbles

Making choices: trillions for wars while nation's vital infrastructure crumbles....More
Jul 01, 2011

Jerry Brown’s card-check bill veto surprises both sides

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the so-called 'card-check' bill that would have allowed farmworkers to select union representation simply by signing a card....More
Jun 29, 2011

EWG gets far bigger 'subsidy' than farmers

Our friends at the Environmental Working Group continue to look out for us uneducated taxpayers with their latest list of farms receiving 'subsidies.'....More
Jun 28, 2011

Taming spending gorillas: cutting costs while still having everything

Taming spending gorillas: cutting costs of government while still having everything....More
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
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