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Mar 27, 2012

Death of the white African farmer5

The white African died almost a year ago at age 78. Mike Campbell, a white farmer from Zimbabwe, was a man of conviction and vision — and he paid for....More
Mar 23, 2012

Election 'chickens' coming home to roost for 2012 farm bill debate1

Farm-state congressmen say Ryan Budget Plan puts next farm bill in limbo....More
Mar 22, 2012

Old computers hold more than digital memories

Every now and then, office closets must be cleared of stuff that either doesn’t work anymore or is close to achieving the status of artifact. This....More
Mar 14, 2012

Nazis and Russians tangled in seed bank history4

If there was ever a place where an agricultural hope might be preserved — the Spitsbergen ice is it. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the ultimate....More
Mar 08, 2012

America’s farmers: Thanks for the abundance

Today, March 8, is National Agriculture Day. And anyone who eats today or anyone who has comfortable clothes to wear or anyone who slept in a bed....More
Mar 07, 2012

Brash SJV congressman shifts California water wars5

Tulare, Calif., Congressman Devin Nunes crafts comprehensive legislation to give voice back to agriculture. Legislation moves to Senate where....More
Feb 22, 2012

Goodbye, Scarlett...

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Feb 21, 2012

Show me an ‘unsustainable’ farmer9

Sustainable has come to imply that there are those who farm correctly and those who do not. What is the antonym of sustainable? Unsustainable? When....More
Feb 21, 2012

Sex changes and EPA wrapped up in atrazine war

The atrazine hysteria doesn’t pass inspection — it reeks of ambulance chasers and lawsuit shoppers. The activism swirling around atrazine is not....More
Feb 14, 2012

Food safety – clear conscience for Japan’s rice producers1

If a government agency had just approved one of your field crops during a safety inspection, but you still suspected that something was wrong, what....More
Feb 13, 2012

Cannibals for constituents and missionaries for dinner2

Politicians promise the moon and then it’s off to the next gig. To steal from H. L. Mencken: “If a politician found he had cannibals among his....More
Feb 10, 2012

How many pounds of $1 cotton are in a $1,100 (!) men’s shirt?

Prices for cotton men's fashion products take the value-added concept far....More
Feb 06, 2012

Rockefeller’s riches made riding coattails of commodities1

John D. Rockefeller, the richest man in history, was once a young fellow who cut his business teeth on grain, hay and meats — agricultural....More
Feb 02, 2012

Crow ping-pong and the hunt for glory2

Who invents a game called crow ping-pong anyhow? Next time someone claims that America has cornered the global market on the unusual, the Germans....More
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