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  • Nov 7, 2012
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    After contentious election, it’s time to heal

    The challenge — for winners and losers — will be a big one. Somehow, the U.S. Congress must put aside its stubbornness and intractability and find a way to work together to solve the tremendous problems facing this country. Those problems are legion, beginning with the economy, of course. Challenges also include a need to reform immigration laws, rebuild crumbling infrastructure (including damage from Hurricane Sandy) and working with the international community to find peaceful solutions to conflicts that have torn regions apart for hundreds of years....More
  • Oct 27, 2012
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    Seeking trout is motivation to exercise

    For the last few years I’ve promised myself from time to time that I would begin the process of getting back into shape....More
  • Oct 23, 2012
    Commentary

    The silent spring that never was: What half a century has wrought 7

    The banning of DDT was the first step in an ever-increasing regulatory authority for the Environmental Protection Agency....More
  • Oct 15, 2012
    Commentary

    More GMO-bashing, but as usual the other side gets short shrift in media 3

    “In my opinion, the methods, stats, and reporting of results are all well below the standard I would expect in a rigorous study; to be honest, I am surprised it was accepted for publication.”...More
  • Sep 27, 2012
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    Not surprised at farm bill failure to launch

    Since sometime last spring I’ve been skeptical of the likelihood that the U.S. Congress would pass a farm bill this year. My skepticism was well-founded. It may have been as well-founded as my skepticism last fall when the “not so” super committee convened to work out a bi-partisan deal on budget cuts and revenue enhancements....More
  • Sep 18, 2012
    Commentary

    When only machines have jobs, what then do we do with people? 1

    The dilemma increasingly confronting our society is the utilization of technology/automation to eliminate, insofar as possible, any need for humans....More
  • Sep 17, 2012
    blog

    Lowell Catlett, futurist, motivates and entertains

    If you ever get a chance to hear Lowell Catlett speak, do so. You will not regret it. Buy a ticket if you have to. The experience will be worth the money. Catlett, a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, is, in a word, entertaining....More
  • Sep 4, 2012
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    Choose organic if you like, just not for nutrition advantages 3

    Just don’t assume that you’re getting healthier, more nutritious, more environmentally friendly tomatoes or artichokes because they have been grown with natural fertilizers and no synthetic pesticides. A recent study by Stanford University dispels the myth that organic foods—fruits and vegetables, grains, milk, eggs and meat products—are more nutritious than those same products produced conventionally, with synthetic fertilizers, regulated amounts of approved pesticides and appropriate antibiotics to manage livestock diseases....More
  • Sep 4, 2012
    Commentary

    As lure of China’s cheap labor dims, more jobs may be returning to U.S.

    As wages in China and other low cost countries have risen and transportation costs have escalated, companies are beginning to move jobs back to the U.S....More
  • Aug 25, 2012
    Commentary

    U.S. energy independence by 2020? Uhh, haven’t we heard this before? 3

    Our energy appetite is voracious — and Mideast oil is, for the foreseeable future, the easiest way to feed that hunger....More
  • Jul 6, 2012
    Commentary

    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 everything with our smart phones....More
  • Jun 15, 2012
    Commentary

    Private sector investment increasing for ag research and development

    Private sector firms have become major players in developing new innovations worldwide, according to a new USDA report on investments in agricultural research and development....More
  • May 18, 2012
    blog

    Who knew, coffee is a health food? 2

    Yesterday morning as I was enjoying my second cup of coffee—or was it my third (I lose count)—I noticed a headline in the newspaper announcing that drinking as many as six cups of coffee a day can increase my life expectancy....More
  • May 11, 2012
    blog

    Farm kids learn valuable lessons from their labor

    The United States Department of Labor was correct in reversing its decision to impose severe restrictions on the tasks young people may perform on family farms....More
  • Apr 24, 2012
    Commentary

    Billions to support elected leaders while nation’s problems go unsolved 1

    The average voter has an increasingly difficult time relating to a Congress that includes a large percentage of millionaires and multi-millionaires, whose lifestyles and concerns and personal agendas are vastly different than theirs....More
  • Apr 20, 2012
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    Celebrate Earth Day; thank a farmer

    Farmers have a relationship with the earth that most of us can neither fully appreciate nor adequately understand. Some years the earth yields up a bountiful crop. And some years, such as 2011, it cedes harvest grudgingly. But farmers persist and they work hard to preserve the resources that make their livelihood possible....More
  • Apr 12, 2012
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    Can you hear me now? A giant leap into the smart phone world

    A tardy adopter's entry to the smart phone world: Can you hear me now?...More
  • Mar 8, 2012
    blog

    America’s farmers: Thanks for the abundance

    Today, March 8, is National Agriculture Day. And anyone who eats today or anyone who has comfortable clothes to wear or anyone who slept in a bed with cotton sheets last night owes a debt of gratitude to the farmers and ranchers who make all that possible. Thank you, so much!...More
  • Feb 22, 2012
    Commentary

    Goodbye, Scarlett...

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  • Feb 10, 2012
    Commentary

    How many pounds of $1 cotton are in a $1,100 (!) men’s shirt?

    Prices for cotton men's fashion products take the value-added concept far...More
  • Jan 26, 2012
    Commentary

    Drill, baby, drill—then wave goodbye as fuels leave U.S. 1

    An estimated $88 billion worth of U.S. fuel products went to export in the year just ended....More
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