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Jan 07, 2013

Views of rural America, U.S. agriculture range from less relevant to resurgent

Two starkly different views of rural America and U.S. agriculture emerged in recent weeks — one hopeful and optimistic, the other discouraging and....More
Dec 31, 2012

Rodent revenge is repulsive

“Dad, I just saw a rat in the attic. We better not tell mom.” Good advice. I baited a trap with peanut butter to dispatch the rodent to a better....More
Dec 20, 2012

Budget negotiations, farm bill discussions and Capitol Hill intrigue

As the federal budget is debated and the lame duck session hurtles towards an end, there is high intrigue on Capitol Hill....More
Dec 17, 2012

Nothing more wonderful than children1

I have mentioned before that I spend 30 minutes each week reading to first graders in a school near our home. I thought of those little guys as I was....More
Dec 10, 2012

Latest PETA scam wrestles dollars from your wallet

The people at PETA must sleep at night dreaming up scamming visions designed to finagle you – the John Q. Public – out of your hard-earned money to....More
Dec 06, 2012

Forensic marker dogs on trail of metal thieves

Welcome to the golden age of copper theft. For thieves, copper is the trump card, and its value has steadily risen since 2002, when the value dipped....More
Nov 29, 2012

PETA and the death of sanity

It’s unfair to label People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as an extremist organization. Giving PETA that tag is an unjust, terrible insult to....More
Nov 20, 2012

GMO scare is a lot of hype with little substance4

However, and this is a big however, when an organization determines that a product is bad and decides to turn other people against it, they should....More
Nov 15, 2012

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

Thanksgiving encourages me to think about all the things I should be grateful for. I admit I mostly spend the day over-indulging in a lot of those....More
Nov 12, 2012

Everyone else visits/trades with Cuba, but U.S. stubbornly remains a holdout1

Further relieving U.S. travel and export finance restrictions could add another $122.1 million in southern exports to Cuba....More
Nov 12, 2012

2nd Annual Cotton Photo Contest winners announced

Congratulations to our winners!! I have been very pleased with the response for the contest and I want to thank everyone that entered and voted on....More
Nov 07, 2012

After contentious election, it’s time to heal1

Somehow, the U.S. Congress must put aside its stubbornness and intractability and find a way to work together to solve the tremendous problems facing....More
Nov 01, 2012

El Nino may be a disappointment for the Southwest

El Nino turned out to be a wimp. Wouldn’t you know that a long-anticipated weather trend that promised to bring more precipitation and cooler....More
Nov 01, 2012

U.S. agriculture needs a transfusion of youth1

With one-third of U.S. farmers now 65 or older, time is running short for a transfusion of youth....More
Oct 24, 2012

Seeking trout is motivation to exercise

But now I’m motivated. It’s not that I have to buy bigger jeans every time I wear the old ones out. And it’s not that my favorite tee shirts are a....More
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