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  • Mar 8, 2013
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    Crop insurance is good investment; claims of abuse overstated

    Crop insurance subsidies offer sound investment for America’s security....More
  • Feb 19, 2013
    Commentary

    Defending agriculture: five major trends that pose a threat to American farming 5

    Environmental activists have one goal, says Washington attorney Gary Baise: putting agriculture out of business....More
  • Jan 25, 2013
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    National debt not greatest challenge facing the country 1

    We survived. We avoided that fiscal cliff, which was considerably steeper and significantly more hazardous than what we face today, and emerged—slowly, perhaps—into what we believe to be the leading nation of the free world....More
  • Jan 23, 2013
    Commentary

    To the manor born: The Golden Age transformed to a self-service society 1

    Perhaps the oil rich in the Arab world, or noveau riche tycoons of China, India, Mexico and other countries where there is still a huge poor population, have servants on a grand scale....More
  • Jan 2, 2013
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    Rodent revenge is repulsive

    The first time I heard what sounded like scurrying feet on the roof above our bedroom I thought: “Those pesky squirrels are scarfing up acorns off my shingles.” The second time, I thought: “Hmmm, squirrels don’t usually scarf up acorns at night, must be tree branches brushing against the house.” Then my son offered this observation: “Dad, I just saw a rat in the attic...More
  • Jan 2, 2013
    Commentary

    Jeff Fowle: Getting ag’s message heard first requires listening

    Agriculture needs to stop using old methods of communicating with the non-farm community, says Jeff Fowle....More
  • Nov 28, 2012
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    GMO scare is a lot of hype with little substance 17

    Several years ago I received a news release, just before Thanksgiving, urging folks to abstain from turkey at their holiday feast and to substitute “tofurkey” instead. Tofurky is a concoction of soy and a bunch of other stuff (spices and what not) that apparently adds flavor to the meat substitute....More
  • 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
    blog

    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
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