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Jun 12, 2012

World Food Prize selection shows importance of water to world's food supply

World Food Prize Committee selection of Daniel Hillel for 2012 World Food Prize shows importance of water and irrigation....More
Jun 12, 2012

Backyard chickens nothing to crow about

I passed up an opportunity last week to order a book on how to raise chickens in my back yard. The book was dictated by a now-deceased woman who was....More
Jun 08, 2012

Southwest Farm Press visions of spring photo contest winners announced

Congratulations to our winners!! The winners of the Southwest Farm Press visions of spring photo contest are:   1st place winner "....More
Jun 05, 2012

Farm reporting is like a box of chocolates

I was recently reminded of a recurring line in the movie Forrest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates,” Forrest said. “You never know what you’re....More
Jun 05, 2012

Social Security trust funds and Grandma’s bed

I’m old enough to remember the time when families simply didn’t need much help from Uncle Sam. My father had an unwritten rule. If something looked....More
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
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