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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 teat3

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 initiative8

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
Jul 11, 2012

EWG resorts to begging for cash online3

Environmental Working Group is panhandling for dollars online. Could EWG be running out of cash because people have become fed up with propaganda?....More
Jul 06, 2012

And will that be debit or credit? Hurtling toward the cashless society

Now, we’re told cash, debit cards, credit cards are all becoming outmoded, that we’re headed to a cashless society, and that we’ll soon pay for....More
Jul 05, 2012

Pollinators peel back layer of God’s creation1

All of nature’s beauty is not equal. There is a world of absolute wonder and marvel that is seldom seen. Just a glance behind the curtain — and the....More
Jul 04, 2012

More confusion than clarification in Supreme Court’s immigration ruling1

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that threw out key provisions of a controversial Arizona immigration law might have left more confusion than....More
Jul 03, 2012

Bull market for crop theft

Crop thieves abound in agriculture and always will. It’s never about hunger — just greed....More
Jun 26, 2012

Campfires, fish tales, and farm profitability

Farm journalists never go on vacation to strictly relax. They also take their inquisitive questions about agriculture to learn how farmers operate....More
Jun 25, 2012

Harvest of iron still haunts farmers

There are enough munitions buried in Europe’s farmland to keep the demolition squads busy for several 100 years — and maybe the next 1,000. Death in....More
Jun 22, 2012

California groundwater nitrate report more about past than present2

The first inclination upon delivery of bad news is to shoot the messenger. Many a farmer wants to hypothetically do that as a pair of UC professors....More
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