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Aug 04, 2011

The debt ceiling farce: straining at gnats, accomplishing not much of anything

The debt ceiling farce: straining at gnats, accomplishing not much of anything....More
Aug 01, 2011

Summertime in Texas not all that easy

George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward (who wrote the lyrics) apparently never spent a summer in Texas....More
Jul 29, 2011

Rural population decline poses ag program challenges

Farm spending makes a great target when so much of the U.S. budget is off limits. A recent report from the non-profit Population Reference Bureau....More
Jul 25, 2011

In crafting 2012 farm bill, hopes for putting the Brazil case to rest

In crafting 2012 farm bill, there are hopes for putting the Brazil cotton case to rest....More
Jul 19, 2011

Reflections on 62 years and counting

On the trip home from San Antonio I did some reflecting. I think I may do that more often than I used to, maybe it’s an age thing....More
Jul 19, 2011

Like iron to a magnet: farmland investments pull in billions globally

Like iron to a magnet: farmland investments pull in billions globally....More
Jul 08, 2011

I prefer the heat but cold easier on farmers

Thermometers may register as high as 106 degrees in Denton, Texas, today. To say it’s a dry heat is stretching the limits of redundancy....More
Jul 07, 2011

Making choices: trillions for wars while nation's vital infrastructure crumbles

Making choices: trillions for wars while nation's vital infrastructure crumbles....More
Jun 21, 2011

FSA budget cuts short-sighted and counter-productive

As farmers and ranchers across the country struggle this summer to overcome devastating crop, livestock and structural losses from drought, wildfire....More
Jun 20, 2011

Drought of 2011 one of most depressing to cover

I’ve written about a lot of droughts in the course of more than 30 years reporting on agriculture. And I’ve probably written about more droughts in....More
Jun 20, 2011

Report: China growing GM rice for years

Late in the summer of 2006, the USDA announced trace amounts of unapproved GM traits had been found in several rice varieties being grown....More
Jun 20, 2011

Who wants to be a millionaire? It’s not as great as it once was…

Who wants to be a millionaire? Well, it’s not as great as it once was…....More
Jun 14, 2011

Iowa Sen. Grassley offers payment limit amendment -- again

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has introduced a new bill that would place a “hard cap” of $250,000 on farm program payments. It’s not....More
Jun 13, 2011

U.S. urged to continue leadership role in alleviating hunger and poverty

U.S. urged to continue leadership role in alleviating world hunger and poverty....More
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