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Jul 07, 2011

Making choices: trillions for wars while nation's vital infrastructure crumbles

Making choices: trillions for wars while nation's vital infrastructure crumbles....More
Jun 21, 2011

FSA budget cuts short-sighted and counter-productive

As farmers and ranchers across the country struggle this summer to overcome devastating crop, livestock and structural losses from drought, wildfire....More
Jun 20, 2011

Drought of 2011 one of most depressing to cover

I’ve written about a lot of droughts in the course of more than 30 years reporting on agriculture. And I’ve probably written about more droughts in....More
Jun 20, 2011

Report: China growing GM rice for years

Late in the summer of 2006, the USDA announced trace amounts of unapproved GM traits had been found in several rice varieties being grown....More
Jun 20, 2011

Who wants to be a millionaire? It’s not as great as it once was…

Who wants to be a millionaire? Well, it’s not as great as it once was…....More
Jun 14, 2011

Iowa Sen. Grassley offers payment limit amendment -- again

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has introduced a new bill that would place a “hard cap” of $250,000 on farm program payments. It’s not....More
Jun 13, 2011

U.S. urged to continue leadership role in alleviating hunger and poverty

U.S. urged to continue leadership role in alleviating world hunger and poverty....More
Jun 06, 2011

Three college profs raise bar on arrogance

Three Southern Illinois University professors have written a letter to President Obama asking him to leave the Birds Point Levee breach open, turning....More
Jun 02, 2011

Unintended consequences follow rash decisions

That’s when we get the law of unintended consequences—like when you bounce a ball against a wall, and it ricochets back and hits you in the eye....More
Jun 02, 2011

Manure, farmer’s markets: solution for a growing world’s food needs?

Manure and farmer’s markets: A solution for a growing world’s food needs?....More
May 25, 2011

Be prepared for tornadoes in rural areas

Rural areas seldom have the warning systems available to those of us who live in town. And, even if they do, farmers and ranchers are often caught....More
May 19, 2011

USDA decision a step forward for leafy green food safety

The National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement proposal is designed to strengthen nationwide food safety protocols at the farm, processing, and....More
May 17, 2011

Less is more: Dr. No’s Magical Rχ for curing government ills

Less is more: Dr. No’s Magical Rχ for curing the ills of government....More
May 16, 2011

A dissertation on canned Spam

Spam, the unwanted, distasteful email product of dubious origin that ultimately winds up in your desktop garbage bin, is giving Spam, the unwanted,....More
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