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Sep 04, 2012

As lure of China’s cheap labor dims, more jobs may be returning to U.S.

As wages in China and other low cost countries have risen and transportation costs have escalated, companies are beginning to move jobs back to the U....More
Sep 04, 2012

Prop 37 brings out sane, unhinged, and plain nasty

Let me share snippets from several opinions on the most recent Proposition 37 commentary in this space. They ranged, as always, from sane and civil....More
Aug 29, 2012

Obama and Romney: Muslim name vs. Mormon fame

Every presidential race is unique, but when there’s a pedigreed Mormon running against an African American with a Muslim name — the oddity quotient....More
Aug 27, 2012

Farm bill coalition faces uphill battle as Congress focuses on debt reduction

The coalition formed by the nation's largest farm organizations will find persuading House leaders to pass a new farm bill a tough sell....More
Aug 25, 2012

U.S. energy independence by 2020? Uhh, haven’t we heard this before?

Our energy appetite is voracious — and Mideast oil is, for the foreseeable future, the easiest way to feed that hunger....More
Aug 22, 2012

Conceding to Prop 37 anti-science agenda not acceptable

Yes, Monsanto ponied up $4.2 million to defeat Proposition 37, the anti-science, anti-food initiative on the November California ballot. Ditto for....More
Aug 20, 2012

Crappie fishing brings luck of the gool

“Slab. Slab. Slab,” I slowly recited, while rubbing the gool’s white belly with a convert’s conviction. The gool’s transformation from a fish to a....More
Aug 17, 2012

It's hot enough to boil water on the sidewalk

2012 will go down in the record books as one of the hottest summers in U.S. history. From coast to coast, extreme heat and drought have ravaged the....More
Aug 13, 2012

For 13 years, drought has been on my mind

As of Aug. 1, I have been a resident of the Southwest for 13 years. The year we moved to Texas, 1999, we arrived in the middle of a prolonged dry,....More
Aug 13, 2012

Plenty for all at the government teat

The stigma of government dependence is gone. Government has turned into an El Dorado for the masses. Black, white, brown, old, young, male, female,....More
Aug 08, 2012

Time to find win-win solutions to California water crisis

Solutions to problems move us forward, but finding answers to California’s biggest problem — its long-term water supply — is like trying to push....More
Aug 01, 2012

Digging GM potatoes with the Irish

Ireland’s version of the EPA has given the nod to genetically modified potato field trials. The reaction to the announced four-year trials has been....More
Aug 01, 2012

Bizarre farm bill journey takes another odd turn

Unwilling to schedule floor time for the farm bill passed out of the House Agriculture Committee earlier in July, several attempts by Republican....More
Jul 25, 2012

Junkyard dog mentality will defeat food label initiative

No sooner had the California anti-GMO proposition petitions been certified for the Nov. 6 ballot than opponents started the campaign against the....More
Jul 18, 2012

Farmers, lock up your daughters

Farmers, lock up your daughters. At least don’t let them meet strange men in a zucchini patch. In the latest sign that the apocalypse is upon us, “....More
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