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May 29, 2015

Volunteer program offers opportunity to encourage reading

I’ve read as a volunteer through a program called the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). They have a lot of opportunities to give back. But you....More
May 26, 2015

Prayed-for moisture across the Southwest hampers farmers’ ability to take advantage

As the month of May came to a damp close, cotton, peanut and grain farmers were trying to get seed in the ground ahead of insurance planting....More
May 15, 2015

Readers respond to need for spokesperson

American agriculture has a story to be proud of....More
May 11, 2015

Agriculture needs a spokesperson to refute media misinformation2

Agriculture needs “a unified voice” to rebut the misinformation that spews forth daily from restaurant operations like Chipotle, celebrities like Dr....More
Apr 28, 2015

Manners still matter in today’s impolite world2

Good manners do exist. I witness examples fairly often....More
Apr 21, 2015

Farmers understand Earth Day; they live with it every day

It’s Earth Day. Farmers, better than anyone, understand the reciprocity necessary to produce food and fiber and protect the resource....More
Apr 06, 2015

Warm temperatures of early April signal allergies, noisy birds, bug bites and sunburn

Temperatures this week in Denton, Texas, pushed ever so close to the 90-degree mark. In spite of a long-standing household rule that air....More
Mar 23, 2015

A short gripe session from your humble editor

A short list of foibles, faux pas and fussiness....More
Mar 16, 2015

Ag Day salutes American farmers and ranchers

What I know about U.S. farmers deals more with emotion than arithmetic. I witness the heart and soul of the U.S. farm....More
Mar 11, 2015

Reporting the negative is part of ag reporter’s job

We have reported a lot of bad news over the past few years, including legislation, regulation, drought and weeds that seem impossible to kill. But....More
Feb 19, 2015

February predictions hit the mark

Today is Feb. 19. Thank goodness it isn’t a leap year....More
Feb 12, 2015

Don Marble was a great interview and a good friend1

Don Marble passed away earlier this week. He was 82. I will miss him....More
Feb 12, 2015

Warm days in February offer hint of spring

It’s Feb. 9 and I’m heading west out of Denton, jogging a bit south to run through Fort Worth and the tangle of torn-up highways, deconstructed....More
Jan 27, 2015

Time running out to sign up for farm programs

Farmers should gather their production records, check with insurance representatives for yield histories and make appointments to sign up for these....More
Jan 14, 2015

IPM agent’s dirty boots will be hard to fill

Jim worked the Northeast corner of Texas, an area rich in some good soils (some not so good); a tradition of producing a varied crop mix....More
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