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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
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 life

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
Dec 17, 2012

Nothing more wonderful than children

I have mentioned before that I spend 30 minutes each week reading to first graders in a school near our home. I thought of those little guys as I was....More
Dec 10, 2012

Latest PETA scam wrestles dollars from your wallet

The people at PETA must sleep at night dreaming up scamming visions designed to finagle you – the John Q. Public – out of your hard-earned money to....More
Dec 06, 2012

Forensic marker dogs on trail of metal thieves

Welcome to the golden age of copper theft. For thieves, copper is the trump card, and its value has steadily risen since 2002, when the value dipped....More
Nov 29, 2012

PETA and the death of sanity

It’s unfair to label People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as an extremist organization. Giving PETA that tag is an unjust, terrible insult to....More
Nov 20, 2012

GMO scare is a lot of hype with little substance

However, and this is a big however, when an organization determines that a product is bad and decides to turn other people against it, they should....More
Nov 15, 2012

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

Thanksgiving encourages me to think about all the things I should be grateful for. I admit I mostly spend the day over-indulging in a lot of those....More
Nov 12, 2012

Everyone else visits/trades with Cuba, but U.S. stubbornly remains a holdout

Further relieving U.S. travel and export finance restrictions could add another $122.1 million in southern exports to Cuba....More
Nov 12, 2012

2nd Annual Cotton Photo Contest winners announced

Congratulations to our winners!! I have been very pleased with the response for the contest and I want to thank everyone that entered and voted on....More
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