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Jan 25, 2011

California having a winter to remember

This is a winter to remember. It's far wetter than normal. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is 200 percent of normal. It has been too many years since....More
Jan 20, 2011

Giant African snails, pink mealybugs: No, it’s not New Year hangover…

Numerous exotic — and very invasive — insects and weeds are on the list of potential invaders that Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS)....More
Jan 12, 2011

Tragedy in Tucson cries out for introspection

Clarence Dupnik’s family and mine were neighbors in Tucson, Ariz. I was young reporter on the Tucson Daily Citizen, and Dupnik was on the....More
Jan 12, 2011

Dick Winters, a true American hero, dead at 92

Major Dick Winters, hero of Band of Brothers book, TV series, has died....More
Jan 10, 2011

Proud to be an Arizonan despite insanity and adversity

The shooting follows other demeaning acts and events in Arizona over the last year including: the murder of southeastern Arizona rancher Robert....More
Jan 05, 2011

‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ through sunny California

California’s state song should be “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” with the winter we’ve been having....More
Dec 30, 2010

High gas prices in a time of economic recession

Economic recovery in developing nations is forcing American consumers to pay higher prices with less cash on hand....More
Dec 23, 2010

Research article examines psychology of weed control decisions

The ongoing and worsening problem of herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth pigweed has at least provided a wealth of material for researchers who....More
Dec 23, 2010

Grandson reminds me of simpler Christmas

A few days ago my oldest grandson, Aaron, who often amazes me with his perception and generosity, said he didn’t need as many toys for Christmas this....More
Dec 22, 2010

Ultra-low gossypol cottonseed holds much potential

Ultra-low gossypol cottonseed could be major revenue source, says Cotton Incorporated researcher....More
Dec 21, 2010

In season of peace and hope, both seem ever more elusive

In season of peace and hope, both seem ever more elusive....More
Dec 17, 2010

USDA's biotech ag alliance efforts likely to end in futility or worse

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at least gets credit for trying to forge a coexistence alliance between those who advocate biotech agriculture....More
Dec 16, 2010

Good riddance 2010; motion sickness pills for 2011

The fairy tale that elected national leaders in 2011 will construct a compromise toward a balanced federal budget is a dream. Then again we are a....More
Dec 10, 2010

Ag exports: How long the bright spot in U.S. trade?

How long will ag exports remain the bright spot in U.S. trade balance?....More
Dec 08, 2010

Oprah's couch, WikiLeaks and the USDA's farmer lawsuits

Roll out the red tape — and possibly the red carpet. Roll it right up to the USDA collection booth and let the compensation flow. Better yet, dump....More
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