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Jan 09, 2012

US bleeds debt while the band plays on

President Obama has kicked off 2012 by asking for a $1.2 trillion raise in the debt ceiling. The United States closed the books on 2011 with a debt....More
Dec 30, 2011

As battered, bedraggled 2011 fades away, some wishes for the new year

As 2011 fades away, some wishes for the new year....More
Dec 27, 2011

Back to the farm for young professionals

How you gonna keep ‘em off of the farm after they’ve been savaged by corporate America? Seems like a small exodus has begun away from mega companies....More
Dec 24, 2011

The best Christmas gifts don’t come from the mall or online browsing

Christmases past: the best gifts didn't come from the mall or online ordering....More
Dec 21, 2011

When guidelines become regulations: tackling the EPA’s sleight-of-hand

Regulatory issues are likely to continue to be an area of skirmishing as discussions for the 2012 farm bill go forward....More
Dec 21, 2011

The farmer and the financier: a tale of Buffett’s billions

While Warren Buffett pulls Wall Street levers and guides a multi-billion dollar company, his son Howard would rather spend his time — on a tractor....More
Dec 21, 2011

If I were Santa Claus…

If I were Santa Claus, I’d be generous this Christmas....More
Dec 14, 2011

China’s gunboat diplomacy not aimed at U.S. agriculture

Trade will never be separated from politics. Wish it were so; it’s not. However, trade should never be separated from pragmatism either. Regarding....More
Dec 13, 2011

In slashing funding for ag, seniors, kids programs, don’t overlook bloated defense budget

"Defense spending is now absolutely off the charts by any modern historical measure -- this level of spending is absolutely staggering."....More
Dec 13, 2011

Agriculture takes on factory environmentalism

Has the Waterkeeper Alliance become the very type of institution it professes to despise? It sure looks like it....More
Dec 01, 2011

MF Global: funds found but mystery deepens

As FBI and Justice Department investigations into the collapse of MF Global continue, there have been several developments in recent days....More
Nov 30, 2011

ROL (return on life) an important factor when making farm decisions

I’ve been covering agriculture in one form or another since 1976. If I had a nickel for every farmer I’ve interviewed, every meeting I’ve attended,....More
Nov 23, 2011

Pursuing pictures prompts photo project

A friend had recently emailed me a photo/video presentation—you know, amazing pictures with background music to add some drama—and I thought maybe we....More
Nov 22, 2011

Politics as usual dooms super committee

Is anyone surprised that the so-called Super Committee failed to arrive at a plan to cut the U.S. budget by $1.2 trillion?....More
Nov 22, 2011

Rustlers leave Lonesome Dove — for catfish and wine grapes

For most Americans, rustling brings up iconic Lonesome Dove images of ‘borrowing’ a herd from Mexico or watching Jake Spoon cross the line into horse....More
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