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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
Feb 19, 2013

Love your dog? Thank a farmer

In an agriculture industry increasingly reliant on complex technology, dogs herd sheep; watch over cattle; detect invasive pests and plants hiding in....More
Feb 19, 2013

Defending agriculture: five major trends that pose a threat to American farming

Environmental activists have one goal, says Washington attorney Gary Baise: putting agriculture out of business....More
Feb 12, 2013

Drones begin descent on US agriculture

No one is laughing at drones now. Once considered only a cut above remote-controlled toys, drones have proven their potency in Afghanistan and the....More
Feb 11, 2013

U.S. rice trade with Cuba entangled with jailed American

Exporting U.S. rice to Cuba just can’t seem to get going. After importing U.S. rice in record numbers a few years back, Cuba’s imports of U.S. rice....More
Feb 11, 2013

Paul Harvey still American agriculture’s hero, spokesman

Super Bowl XLVII will long be remembered when former radio broadcaster Paul Harvey gave a monumental tribute in a commercial to American agriculture....More
Feb 07, 2013

Farming tragedy shatters family legacy

Beyond the numbers of work-related deaths and injuries in agriculture, sometimes a story comes along that leaves grim statistics behind and reminds....More
Feb 06, 2013

Tom Clancy’s 'Rainbow Six' chillingly plausible look at radical environmentalists

There are radical environmentalists who are willing to put plants and animals ahead of people, as difficult as that is to swallow. Not all the so-....More
Feb 05, 2013

Super Bowl farmer ad whitewashes America?

Sometimes an ad is simply an ad. Less than 24 hours after Dodge ran a two-minute commercial during the Super Bowl, race hustlers were already banging....More
Feb 04, 2013

Will a third party move America’s politics beyond myopia?

After Washington, D.C., political observer Jim Wiesemeyer, of Informa Economics, finished his prepared remarks at the National Alliance of....More
Feb 03, 2013

Technology, human interaction build agriculture’s future

With the increasing use of cell phones, GPS units, and laptops in peoples’ hands today, one may ask whether our society will eventually forego human....More
Feb 01, 2013

Indian farmer suicides a case of misplaced GM blame

The tragedy of Indian farmer suicides can be attributed to a complex host of factors, and consigning blame for the suicides to Monsanto and corporate....More
Jan 31, 2013

Organic production and the labor problem

Organic farming is often touted as the one and only sustainable system for crop production, but do we really want to de-evolve technologically?....More
Jan 28, 2013

The fiscal cliff fallacy and the debt burden for our kids and grandkids

Each person's share of the U.S. national debt has topped $50,000 — and it's continually increasing....More
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