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Mar 19, 2013

Time to remember those who feed and clothe us

I am privileged to know farmers. I am blessed to be able to tell their stories, empathize with their hardships and enjoy their triumphs. Today we....More
Mar 18, 2013

ESA is no March Madness game

Someone at NOAA must have had too much time on their hands or a boss who wasn’t paying attention when he or she created an online game patterned....More
Mar 18, 2013

Is a fearless female leader what U.S. agriculture needs?

Perhaps we should take a look at our neighbors to the South — as in South America, in particular in Brazil, for some valuable lessons on how to....More
Mar 13, 2013

Golden rice battle only just beginning

Golden rice has become a lightning rod issue, with anti-GMO campaigners putting up fierce resistance to a crop that could save the lives of millions....More
Mar 11, 2013

Counterfeit food robs Americans of $10 billion each year

What sits on the grocery shelf is often not what it seems — especially regarding olive oil, honey, fish and wine. Americans pay $10 billion to $15....More
Mar 08, 2013

Crop insurance is good investment; claims of abuse overstated

Crop insurance subsidies offer sound investment for America’s security....More
Mar 07, 2013

Locust swarms bring back past for US farmers

Locusts, the eighth plague of Exodus are back, but at least not over American crop fields. Sometimes described as “hell from above,” Egypt and the....More
Mar 05, 2013

EPA loves privacy rights, at least its own

EPA is facing heavy criticism after releasing farm data from 30 states to the Natural Defense Council, Earth Justice and the Pew Charitable Trusts....More
Mar 04, 2013

Changing shingles on the Western Farm Press door

During the feast, Harry Cline lassoed a hired hand to join him at Western Farm Press to dole up more heaping helpings of Western farm news. This new....More
Mar 01, 2013

Death, liberty, Cheetos, and the American way

But when it comes to food and the denial of personal responsibility, nobody plays it up much better than our own government....More
Feb 27, 2013

Californians lose 800,000 acre-feet of water to 305 minnows

It would take about four average size minnow buckets to hold 305 3-inch Delta smelt, yet that is number of minnows responsible for diverting enough....More
Feb 27, 2013

Which way to go – sequestration or tax the rich?

I long for the fiscal cliff. I really do. It made for great political discourse and was a superb sound bite. And there was the perceptible fear that....More
Feb 25, 2013

Bowman v. Monsanto could open GM Pandora’s box

It was only a matter of time; genetically modified seed technology was always destined for a Supreme Court decision. The Bowman v. Monsanto case....More
Feb 20, 2013

Old curmudgeon taking final lap to finish line

To paraphrase Mark Twain’s famous quote upon reading his obituary; reports of my retirement are greatly exaggerated. However, they are not. This is....More
Feb 20, 2013

Pesticides on brink of ban over honey bee losses

Neonicotinoid pesticides are on the brink of a two-year European ban. A neonicotinoid ban might cost Europe up to $23 billion over a five year....More
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