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Jun 05, 2012

Low interest rates and strong commodity prices helping fuel farmland demand

While Mid-South farmland prices haven’t attained anywhere near the astronomical levels of the Midwest, prices have risen to levels that would’ve been....More
Jun 04, 2012

Vote for your favorite springtime photo!

Vote for your favorite springtime photo! Voting will end at 5 PM CST June 7, 2012. Please limit one vote per person, per day. Winners will be....More
May 21, 2012

GPS roulette: Oh, the (unintended) sights the Map Goddess provides

While portable GPS units can be reasonably accurate in a city, it’s an entirely different story out in rural areas....More
May 18, 2012

Who knew, coffee is a health food?

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....More
May 17, 2012

Snake farming a five-step risk

It’s not just China munching down on snakes; Chinese snake farming has gone global, finding astonishing success by feeding demand from Asia, Europe....More
May 16, 2012

Get your photos in for the Southwest Farm Press visions of spring photo contest

Spring is a colorful time in the Southwest. Wildflowers add splashes of color to pastures, rangeland and roadsides. Newborn calves, foals and lambs....More
May 15, 2012

T. Boone Picken’s energy gospel part 2: natural gas as a bridge to the future

“Natural gas will do everything we want it to do,” says T. Boone Pickens. “It’s 130-octane fuel, it’s 25 percent cleaner than oil — and we have an....More
May 11, 2012

Water jihads and Moe Howard haircuts

Almost from the dawn of time, water cataclysm has been based on too much of a good thing. Throw that archetype out the window and prepare for....More
May 10, 2012

An eminent domain fight, a Pigford sign-up deadline and catfish inspections

Folks tend to get upset when land they own is forcefully taken over by outside interests claiming eminent domain. Government projects, infrastructure....More
May 01, 2012

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....More
May 01, 2012

Chasing rabbit trails may be over when it comes to BSE reporting

Finally, media outlets from coast to coast have gotten the message. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)—once coined as Mad Cow Disease by....More
Apr 19, 2012

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....More
Apr 18, 2012

Crop insurance, conservation cuts counterproductive

Natural disaster is part of the risk farmers face every year. But the nation’s ability to produce adequate food and fiber cannot be overstated. And....More
Apr 17, 2012

Farm bill debate starting to heat up

While it’s a long shot that U.S. agriculture will see a new farm bill by the time the old one expires later this year, the information gathering....More
Apr 09, 2012

Perception trumps facts regardless of validity

Perception, whether true or not, often makes a bigger impression on public confidence—or lack of it—than any accumulation of certifiable facts can....More
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