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Sep 20, 2012

As farm bill falters the fat lady sings a dirge

The House will have been in session eight days from August 4 through mid-November. That is an outrage. It is especially an outrage in the face of a....More
Sep 18, 2012

When only machines have jobs, what then do we do with people?

The dilemma increasingly confronting our society is the utilization of technology/automation to eliminate, insofar as possible, any need for humans....More
Sep 18, 2012

‘The Survivor Tree,’ like agriculture, embodies resilience

Eleven years ago this month, America absorbed a horrific blow from terrorism. But terrorists underestimated our resiliency....More
Sep 14, 2012

Lowell Catlett, futurist, motivates and entertains

If you ever get a chance to hear Lowell Catlett speak, do so. You will not regret it. Buy a ticket if you have to. The experience will be worth the....More
Sep 12, 2012

What happens if Congress fails to pass the House Ag Committee farm bill

Farmers face the prospect of not having a farm bill in 2012 or ever if Congress fails to seize the opportunity presented during the short business....More
Sep 04, 2012

Choose organic if you like, just not for nutrition advantages

People who feel better about themselves by eating organic food, should, by all means, continue to spend the extra money on these products. Just don’t....More
Sep 04, 2012

As lure of China’s cheap labor dims, more jobs may be returning to U.S.

As wages in China and other low cost countries have risen and transportation costs have escalated, companies are beginning to move jobs back to the U....More
Aug 30, 2012

Cotton research and promotion – creating a better pencil

Most cotton producers know about the agronomic research carried out by Cotton Incorporated’s Cotton Research....More
Aug 27, 2012

Farm bill coalition faces uphill battle as Congress focuses on debt reduction

The coalition formed by the nation's largest farm organizations will find persuading House leaders to pass a new farm bill a tough sell....More
Aug 25, 2012

U.S. energy independence by 2020? Uhh, haven’t we heard this before?

Our energy appetite is voracious — and Mideast oil is, for the foreseeable future, the easiest way to feed that hunger....More
Aug 24, 2012

Opposition to mosquito control misguided

So I’ve been more than a little surprised—or maybe not—that so many North Texas residents have objected strongly over city governments spraying to....More
Aug 21, 2012

Crappie fishing brings luck of the gool

“Slab. Slab. Slab,” I slowly recited, while rubbing the gool’s white belly with a convert’s conviction. The gool’s transformation from a fish to a....More
Aug 20, 2012

Killing those awful earmarks: And just whose ox got gored?

There is no little irony that some of the states whose populace so enthusiastically championed abolishment of congressional earmarks had been among....More
Aug 14, 2012

Alphabet soup: New farm legislation will offer an expanded roster of programs

“We’re going to have to educate some folks in the banking industry and financial sector on what these new government programs will and won’t do,”....More
Aug 13, 2012

For 13 years, drought has been on my mind

As of Aug. 1, I have been a resident of the Southwest for 13 years. The year we moved to Texas, 1999, we arrived in the middle of a prolonged dry,....More
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