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Aug 30, 2012

Cotton research and promotion – creating a better pencil

Most cotton producers know about the agronomic research carried out by Cotton Incorporated’s Cotton Research....More
Aug 27, 2012

Farm bill coalition faces uphill battle as Congress focuses on debt reduction1

The coalition formed by the nation's largest farm organizations will find persuading House leaders to pass a new farm bill a tough sell....More
Aug 25, 2012

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

Our energy appetite is voracious — and Mideast oil is, for the foreseeable future, the easiest way to feed that hunger....More
Aug 24, 2012

Opposition to mosquito control misguided

So I’ve been more than a little surprised—or maybe not—that so many North Texas residents have objected strongly over city governments spraying to....More
Aug 21, 2012

Crappie fishing brings luck of the gool

“Slab. Slab. Slab,” I slowly recited, while rubbing the gool’s white belly with a convert’s conviction. The gool’s transformation from a fish to a....More
Aug 20, 2012

Killing those awful earmarks: And just whose ox got gored?

There is no little irony that some of the states whose populace so enthusiastically championed abolishment of congressional earmarks had been among....More
Aug 14, 2012

Alphabet soup: New farm legislation will offer an expanded roster of programs

“We’re going to have to educate some folks in the banking industry and financial sector on what these new government programs will and won’t do,”....More
Aug 13, 2012

For 13 years, drought has been on my mind

As of Aug. 1, I have been a resident of the Southwest for 13 years. The year we moved to Texas, 1999, we arrived in the middle of a prolonged dry,....More
Aug 03, 2012

Senator Grassley slams Smithfield Foods exec over ethanol comments

Sen. Grassley takes the president of one of the nation's largest hog producers to task for comments about the need for waiving the Renewable Fuels....More
Jul 25, 2012

Peanut meeting takes me back

One of the best things about the annual Southern Peanut Growers’ Conference — other than being held at the beach — is the opportunity to see folks I’....More
Jul 12, 2012

Contemplations on turning 63

Tomorrow, July 13 (yeah it’s Friday 13) is my birthday—the 20th anniversary of my 43rd birthday. You can do the math....More
Jul 12, 2012

Cotton industry working to regain lost demand

High cotton prices have reduced marketshare for the natural fiber, but the industry is working to gain it back....More
Jul 10, 2012

Pollinators peel back layer of God’s creation1

All of nature’s beauty is not equal. There is a world of absolute wonder and marvel that is seldom seen. Just a glance behind the curtain — and the....More
Jul 06, 2012

Bull market for crop theft

Crop thieves abound in agriculture and always will. It’s never about hunger — just greed....More
Jul 05, 2012

Drought conditions persist along vacation route

In fact, much of what I have to report comes from observations noted doing 75 miles per hour down Interstate highways from Denton, Texas, all the way....More
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