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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
Apr 06, 2012

Top seeds competing in the 2012 growing season

The NCAA tournament, where high-flying athletes run up and down the hardwood for the glory of their college, is a lot like a typical march through a....More
Apr 05, 2012

At what cost the disconnect between agriculture and the public?

There is an increasing disconnect between boots-on-the-ground agriculture, the consumer public, and those who write farm programs, enact rules and....More
Mar 27, 2012

Death of the white African farmer

The white African died almost a year ago at age 78. Mike Campbell, a white farmer from Zimbabwe, was a man of conviction and vision — and he paid for....More
Mar 26, 2012

Election 'chickens' coming home to roost for farm bill debate

Farm-state congressmen say Ryan Budget Plan puts next farm bill in limbo....More
Mar 21, 2012

The case for ag majors gets a boost

We received quite a few comments about the column on the uselessness of ag majors. Several readers were offended that someone would disparage their....More
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