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Mar 25, 2014

Farmers and ranchers are the backbone of the nation

And today, I say thank you, America’s farmers and ranchers. You are the backbone of this nation....More
Mar 17, 2014

After sinus trouble, doing as well as expected, or almost

Last Monday I wrote about my optimism that I would avoid the head cold that seemed hell-bent on knocking me for a loop. Well I didn’t avoid it and....More
Mar 10, 2014

I really don’t want to catch a cold

So why did I wake up this morning with a scratchy throat, queasiness and a bit of tightness under my eyes that typically mean my sinuses are about to....More
Mar 04, 2014

So much of what consumers know about food is wrong

Most people base their opinions on the safety of conventionally-grown and GMO food on rumors, anecdote and the misinformation that abounds in the....More
Feb 13, 2014

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

Doctor Oz adds to misinformation, confusion about GMO foods....More
Feb 12, 2014

Drought, farm bill and barbecue highlight farm meetings

And the big issue for the next few months is likely to be drought — unless it starts in to raining pretty hard in the next week or two....More
Feb 04, 2014

Cotton stalk inspires first graders

First graders are inquisitive. Give them something they haven’t seen before and watch their imaginations catch fire as they try to figure out just....More
Jan 27, 2014

I’m tired of cold weather, and it’s still January

I usually wait until February to complain about cold weather. But it’s late January—the 27th as I write this—and I’m in Oklahoma and it’s 26 degrees....More
Jan 14, 2014

GMO attracts negativity in absence of substance

So, why do folks continue to deny the value of GMO to society? Negative sells better than positive. Scaring people attracts more attention than....More
Jan 13, 2014

John Wilde, husband, father, farmer and friend

John Wilde, husband, father, grandfather, cotton farmer and my friend passed away last week following a battle with cancer....More
Jan 09, 2014

A bit of rhyme for high cotton time

Typically, I try to inject a note of whimsy into the remarks to remind folk that producing cotton isn’t always just hard work and frayed nerves....More
Jan 02, 2014

After 66 years, news story still enlightens

But the best treasure was a newspaper clipping, yellowed and ragged with age, from 1948, the year before I was born. The Greenville News reported on....More
Dec 30, 2013

Memorable moments define 2013

I look forward to those farm visits that inform my mind and inspire my soul....More
Dec 27, 2013

Former SW editor doing well, recalls changes

I met up with former Southwest Farm Press editor Calvin Pigg the Friday before Christmas. It had been several years since we’d had an opportunity to....More
Dec 12, 2013

Cold weather must mean Christmas is coming

I do remember less hectic Christmas seasons. I even have a faint recollection of enjoying the cold weather, and we always hoped for a white Christmas....More
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