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  • Jun 3, 2013

    Back pain common U.S. ailment

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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 7, 2013

    Crop insurance is good investment; claims of abuse overstated 1

    Crop insurance subsidies offer sound investment for America’s security....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 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 precipitation, and there were still more than a few dirt roads the school buses had to traverse, so calling off classes seemed a better bet than pulling buses out of ditches....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 4, 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 of farmers. It’s hard to know. Anyhow, we got together last week at Kenneth Griffin’s equipment shed, near Van Alstyne....More
  • Jan 18, 2013

    National debt not greatest challenge facing the country 3

    We survived. We avoided that fiscal cliff, which was considerably steeper and significantly more hazardous than what we face today, and emerged—slowly, perhaps—into what we believe to be the leading nation of the free world....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 9, 2013

    We celebrated our mother’s life 5

    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 were revered in our house as they continue to be in mine and my brothers’ and sister’s....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 place. Apparently, rats don’t care for peanut butter, so I switched to the old standby—stinky cheese. By this time I had noticed tell-tale signs indicating that more than one rat inhabited my attic. Cottonseed-sized droppings were scattered over several boxes, including those holding Christmas decorations....More
  • Dec 19, 2012

    A bit of cold is appropriate for Christmas

    I’ve always welcomed a spate of cold around Christmas. It just seems appropriate. Even though I grew up in the South, I still remember Christmas as a time of cold. I don’t remember a white Christmas; our rare snowfalls seemed more likely to come in January or February —sometimes even in March....More
  • Dec 17, 2012

    Nothing more wonderful than children 1

    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 driving across country last weekend—after I heard the horrible, horrible news about the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut....More
  • Nov 20, 2012

    GMO scare is a lot of hype with little substance 4

    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 offer some facts to support the reasoning behind the boycott....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 things I should be grateful for. I always eat too much. I do enjoy turkey. And my wife’s cornbread dressing is spectacular....More
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