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May 14, 2013

Supreme Court stuffs seed patents back in Pandora’s box

The High Court squeezed seed patents back into Pandora’s box, but more cases will come....More
May 14, 2013

Wine skeptic takes on climate change report

Welcome to the great wine scare of 2013. It's adios to California's premium wines and adieu to Bordeaux....More
May 13, 2013

More words on food labels – for the sake of fear or fact

Organic agriculture has started another push to label food products containing GMOs. Maybe organic foods should be held to a higher standard as well....More
May 08, 2013

One bite or bullet from death for Hitler's food taster

For two and a half years, Margot Wolk was Adolf Hitler’s food taster — forced daily to play roulette and risk her life to protect his....More
May 07, 2013

New GM crop wave may ease Frankenfood fright

A new wave of grocery aisle GM crops with clear-cut benefits to consumers may succeed in diminishing the volume of rhetoric from the Frankenfood cult....More
May 06, 2013

No-till pollution claims hard to understand

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is taking no-till to task, claiming that the practice is linked to increased waterway pollution....More
May 06, 2013

Labor on an organic farm – harmony or harm

Patrons of organic production stress the importance of environmentalism and animal rights in agricultural practices. But are they as concerned about....More
May 05, 2013

Cotton is the fabric – and food – of our lives

Cotton is not only the ‘Fabric of our Lives’ as stated over the years in cotton advertising. Cotton is an important source of important food and non-....More
May 01, 2013

Farmland — gold you can eat

Talk of bubbles or crashes hasn’t put a dent in the farmland market, and if the end is nigh — nobody is blinking....More
May 01, 2013

A new farm bill, specialty crops and onerous government regulations

Will specialty crops maintain a prominent place at the negotiating table when the new farm bill write-up begins in mid-May?....More
May 01, 2013

Cotton’s biggest fan – human skin

Consumers aren’t exactly happy with the substitution away from cotton toward synthetic fibers. Now it’s up to retailers to figure out what they want....More
Apr 29, 2013

Killing cattle softly: slaughterhouse or gun?

The stress-free, gunshot method approach to livestock slaughter is not viable. In the real world cattle industry where production and efficiency are....More
Apr 24, 2013

Farmer feeds hogs from finest Vegas buffets

Bob Combs feeds his 2,500 hogs with leftovers from Las Vegas casinos, while other farmers pay increasingly high costs for grain....More
Apr 24, 2013

EPA becoming more farmer friendly?

The EPA’s senior agricultural counsel said clean energy and building bridges with the farming/ranching community will be priorities going forward....More
Apr 22, 2013

Agriculture readies for its ultimate challenge

Those in the field of agriculture may remember a popular painting years ago of a farmer dressed in bib overalls and holding a pitchfork standing next....More
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