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Jul 09, 2013

Farm bill or food stamps? Congress must decide vexing issue

The debate over food stamp spending is creating a roadblock for new farm legislation that must be overcome if new farm bill is to be passed....More
Jul 08, 2013

Ask questions at farmers’ markets

Just because a farmer's market vendor says it's true does not make it true. Ask questions; legitimate farmers will be glad to answer them....More
Jul 05, 2013

Yarnell Hill fire will not burn Arizonans’ resolve

Chances are you remember exactly where you were in 2001 when breaking news on radio and television revealed the first reports of a plane flying....More
Jul 02, 2013

Hey, Lou, I want to buy a computer

Abbott and Costello in today's computer world. Only for those who remember the comic duo and are frustrated with computers....More
Jul 01, 2013

DIY biotech a glowing minefield for USDA

Biotechnology has become cheap enough to give rise to a do-it-yourself movement. Plant a demon seed, raise a flower of fire. Plant a do-it-yourself....More
Jun 25, 2013

Meteorite find a golden harvest for farmer

Farmer Bruce Lilienthal hit the jackpot when he found an odd rock on his land in 2011 — a 33-pound meteorite....More
Jun 24, 2013

A perspective from my side of the plate

(Todd Fitchette is the new associate editor with Western Farm Press, based in Tulare, Calif.) The main reason I enjoy agricultural journalism so....More
Jun 24, 2013

Oregon GMO mystery wheat is a whodunit

The discovery of unapproved Rounup Ready soft white wheat in eastern Oregon has been called a “mystery.” It is no mystery. Someone planted it....More
Jun 23, 2013

FDA, agriculture at dangerous food-safety crossroads

The agricultural industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are often on opposite sides of the fence. It’s a love-hate....More
Jun 19, 2013

Wild dog plague crushing livestock industry

Australia's wild dog hunters can’t keep up. A bullet to the head or heart brings $500 per dog — but it doesn’t matter. Tens of thousands of wild dogs....More
Jun 18, 2013

EPA’s Pinocchio nose grows with farmer privacy scandal

EPA’s Pinocchio nose continues to grow longer. Despite a barrage of criticism following the admitted release of private farmer data to three....More
Jun 17, 2013

5 lessons from the Honeygate scandal

Honeygate, in other forms, is still bubbling under the surface. In reality, with billions of dollars up for grabs on the counterfeit food market,....More
Jun 11, 2013

Days of wine auctions and gay marriage

Sell wine to buy more wine: An odd two nights of vintage wine, foreign billionaires, and gay marriage protestors demanding Pinot noir....More
Jun 10, 2013

Agriculture's burden of technological intolerance

The coming population burst casts a shadow over agriculture — a colossal feeding task looms with no precedent in history....More
Jun 05, 2013

Nuggets of wisdom from the March Against Monsanto

The March Against Monsanto produced a kangaroo court of GMO judgement and a series of bizarre claims....More
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