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May 06, 2013

No-till pollution claims hard to understand3

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 eat2

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 regulations1

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 buffets3

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
Apr 22, 2013

Dairy farmer blends vodka from cow’s milk

It’s not a pail-and-stool extraction, but Jason Barber is producing Black Cow vodka made entirely from the milk of his 250-head dairy herd....More
Apr 22, 2013

Eating GMO pickles will not turn any body part bald

"GMO pickle claim leaves you scratching your head" blog was a joke!....More
Apr 22, 2013

Signs are amusing medicine; just ask a penguin

While traveling out of state recently, I saw a sign near a business which made me laugh. It read, ‘Warning – all unattended children....More
Apr 16, 2013

Peak Farmland grinds against cropland expansion

Welcome to Peak Farmland. The belief that a human plague is gobbling up the Earth and carving out more cropland has been turned on its head....More
Apr 15, 2013

A buyer’s market for urea?

Increased urea production capacity could soon lead to a buyer's market for nitrogen, according to a study by Rabobank....More
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