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Mar 19, 2013

Time to remember those who feed and clothe us

We don’t consider the efforts a rancher made to chop the ice out of water tanks so his cattle could drink on an intolerably cold January day. We don’....More
Mar 15, 2013

In farm bill transition, good records are important

Good records will be an advantage in verifying information that may be needed for programs under the new farm bill....More
Mar 07, 2013

Crop insurance is good investment; claims of abuse overstated

Crop insurance subsidies offer sound investment for America’s security....More
Feb 28, 2013

Love your dog? Thank a farmer

In an agriculture industry increasingly reliant on complex technology, dogs herd sheep; watch over cattle; detect invasive pests and plants hiding in....More
Feb 27, 2013

Defending agriculture: five major trends that pose a threat to American farming

Environmental activists have one goal, says Washington attorney Gary Baise: putting agriculture out of business....More
Feb 24, 2013

Will a third party move America’s politics beyond myopia?

Washington needs some leadership to properly focus on its debt issues. Would a strong third party help?....More
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?

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 country

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