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Feb 22, 2013

Decades later, snow day still brings smiles — but for different reasons

It didn’t take much accumulation for Anderson County officials to close schools for a day or two. We were ill-equipped for dealing with slippery....More
Feb 19, 2013

As U.S. becomes more fuel-efficient fund for roads/bridges nears empty

While the cost of gas has ranged all over the map in the two decades since 1993, one thing hasn’t changed: the federal tax on gasoline....More
Feb 12, 2013

Meeting water demand requires unusual solutions

I can’t remember the last time I went to a production meeting in the Southwest that someone didn’t talk about water—or, more precisely, the lack of it....More
Feb 11, 2013

Super Bowl farmer ad whitewashes America?1

Sometimes an ad is simply an ad. Less than 24 hours after Dodge ran a two-minute commercial during the Super Bowl, race hustlers were already banging....More
Feb 04, 2013

Irregular farmer meetings offer unique insights

At irregular intervals I meet with a group of regular farmers in Northeast Texas. Or maybe it’s on regular intervals I meet with an irregular group....More
Feb 04, 2013

Indian farmer suicides a case of misplaced GM blame

The tragedy of Indian farmer suicides can be attributed to a complex host of factors, and consigning blame for the suicides to Monsanto and corporate....More
Jan 25, 2013

Fire ants vs. Benadryl a battle of pain

A fire ant attack is a moment of blind panic; an initial frozen blink of time when you realize you’re being swarmed by ant devils. Panic steps aside....More
Jan 19, 2013

Consumer Reports arsenic alarm still having an impact

A Consumer Reports article on arsenic in rice is still having an impact on brown rice consumption, according to a recent study....More
Jan 18, 2013

National debt not greatest challenge facing the country3

We survived. We avoided that fiscal cliff, which was considerably steeper and significantly more hazardous than what we face today, and emerged—....More
Jan 18, 2013

U.S. healthcare: A tortuous trail of inefficiency, waste, and fraud

Health care costs have increased at a greater rate than the U.S. economy in 31 of the past 40 years....More
Jan 16, 2013

Road to Damascus change for anti-GM apostle Mark Lynas

In a shot heard round the GM world, Mark Lynas, a pioneer in the anti-GM movement, came out as a full-fledged advocate of GM crops and his reversal....More
Jan 09, 2013

We celebrated our mother’s life5

Mother taught me to read long before I started to school. In fact, she instilled in all five of us a love for reading that endures to this day. Books....More
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
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