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  • Nov 21, 2013
    blog

    Sequestration cuts will hit farm and ranch programs 1

    The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) warns that producers should consider expected sequestration cuts as the work with 2014 budgets....More
  • Nov 7, 2013
    blog

    Texas passes Proposition 6, establishes water plan

    Proposition 6 creates a funding apparatus for Texas to develop new water resources, to improve existing sources and to incorporate conservation into every aspect of water use....More
  • Oct 23, 2013
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    Proposition 6 is critical for Texas growth 5

    Texans should approve Proposition 6 in the upcoming election. That proposal would provide $2 billion in seed money to jump start a state water plan approved by the Texas legislature last session....More
  • Oct 8, 2013
    blog

    Pocket knives are part of my heritage 1

    I was reminded of how much I appreciate a fine pocket knife recently when my colleague Chris Bennett blogged about an Australian farmer who dug himself out of a life-threatening situation with nothing but a chest full of heart and a pocket knife....More
  • Sep 19, 2013
    blog

    Farmers feed us

    Agriculture’s detractors point to emphasis on corn and soybean production as failure to respond to needs of poor nations....More
  • Sep 4, 2013
    Commentary

    Fall can’t come too quickly

    We are still in for several more weeks of oppressively hot weather; 100-degree temperatures remain highly likely, and rain will be scarce. Summer vacation may be over for school kids, but it’s still hot, it’s still dry, it’s still summer. And I can’t wait for fall....More
  • Aug 23, 2013
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    Rotary Club expresses interest in farming

    The family farm is alive and well but much different from a generation ago and much different than it will be in the future....More
  • Aug 12, 2013
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    Misinformation abounds regarding GMOs

    Folks who fear genetically engineered crops have little information to support their views....More
  • Aug 6, 2013
    blog

    Baseball blemished by cheaters

    Sports figures as heroes are likely to disappoint. Today’s real heroes include teachers, nurses and farmers and other people who do their jobs with no fanfare....More
  • Jul 31, 2013
    blog

    Vacation trip runs through corn country

    From the roadside ditch to where the eye was inadequate to differentiate field from sky, Iowa is filled with corn....More
  • Jul 23, 2013
    blog

    Lessons to learn before I hit 65

    In mid-July, I passed a semi-important milestone. I turned 64....More
  • Jul 15, 2013
    video

    Peanut profitability winner never gets bored

    Murray Phillips doesn’t get bored. His diverse Frio County, Texas, farm offers plenty of activity year-round with corn (sweet, white and yellow), cotton, wheat (irrigated and dryland) green beans, spinach, carrots and, his favorite, peanuts....More
  • Jul 5, 2013
    blog

    Optimism misplaced with current Congress

    Yet I remain fairly confident in our ability to improve, to rise above our failings, to defeat our inner demons. Except for Congress...More
  • Jul 1, 2013
    blog

    I’m among the 30 percent who like their jobs 3

    I am among a special 30 percent of the U.S. population. I am blessed among men, lucky to be where I am and fortunate not to be a curmudgeon—though some might disagree with that last one. I don’t hate my job....More
  • Jun 13, 2013
    blog

    Does water treaty have no teeth? And if not, what good is it? 1

    It’s not just agriculture that requires adequate water; other industries, institutions and homes also need water that Mexico is refusing to release. If this treaty has no teeth in it, we need to renegotiate....More
  • Jun 3, 2013
    blog

    Back pain common U.S. ailment

    Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the United States....More
  • May 23, 2013
    blog

    Buying cheap not the solution for recovery 2

    Maybe we should look at the big picture: better products, made at home, by our neighbors who buy other products and pay their fair taxes to support schools, build roads and maintain our fire departments....More
  • May 20, 2013
    blog

    Solutions to water crisis unsustainable 4

    Yes, we need concerted efforts to figure out how to use our water more efficiently. We need better varieties, better cropping systems more efficient irrigation. But going back in time is not the answer....More
  • May 13, 2013
    blog

    Bill Gates finds fertilizer fascinating 4

    “A few billion people would have to die if we hadn’t come up with fertilizer.”...More
  • May 9, 2013
    Commentary

    Incentives to U.S. railroads could boost ag shipments, save millions for farmers

    Tax and other incentives to railroads could mean millions of dollars in benefits to U.S. agriculture, according to a new study for the United Soybean Board....More
  • May 3, 2013
    blog

    No-till pollution claims hard to understand 1

    The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is taking no-till to task, claiming that the practice is linked to increased waterway pollution...More
  • Apr 23, 2013
    blog

    Fishing is a journey; catching not required

    Fishing is much more than counting the number of scaly specimens one can accumulate in a day....More
  • Apr 10, 2013
    blog

    Surviving adversity is a process not a comeback

    So, one can assume professional football players and Texas cotton farmers have nothing in common. Well maybe they do. Baron Batch thinks so. It’s adversity....More
  • Mar 20, 2013
    blog

    Second annual ‘Springtime in the Southwest’ photo contest set

    It’s springtime in the Southwest and we invite you to send us your favorite springtime photos and participate in the second annual springtime photo contest....More
  • Mar 19, 2013
    blog

    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’t consider the 108-degree July day that found a corn farmer in the middle of field trying to repair an irrigation nozzle. We never consider the anguish of watching a good crop wither away in the third month of a drought or battered to a pulp in the third minute of a hail storm....More
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