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  • Jan 27, 2014

    I’m tired of cold weather, and it’s still January

    I usually wait until February to complain about cold weather. But it’s late January—the 27th as I write this—and I’m in Oklahoma and it’s 26 degrees...More
  • Jan 14, 2014

    GMO attracts negativity in absence of substance 3

    So, why do folks continue to deny the value of GMO to society? Negative sells better than positive. Scaring people attracts more attention than assuring them that their food supply is the safest it’s ever been....More
  • Jan 13, 2014

    John Wilde, husband, father, farmer and friend

    John Wilde, husband, father, grandfather, cotton farmer and my friend passed away last week following a battle with cancer....More
  • Jan 9, 2014

    A bit of rhyme for high cotton time

    Typically, I try to inject a note of whimsy into the remarks to remind folk that producing cotton isn’t always just hard work and frayed nerves. Sometimes, farmers laugh....More
  • Jan 2, 2014

    After 66 years, news story still enlightens

    But the best treasure was a newspaper clipping, yellowed and ragged with age, from 1948, the year before I was born. The Greenville News reported on a devastating hail storm that roared through much of Anderson County, destroying crops, barns, livestock and a few homes....More
  • Dec 30, 2013

    Memorable moments define 2013

    I look forward to those farm visits that inform my mind and inspire my soul....More
  • Dec 27, 2013

    Former SW editor doing well, recalls changes

    I met up with former Southwest Farm Press editor Calvin Pigg the Friday before Christmas. It had been several years since we’d had an opportunity to catch up, swap stories and discuss changes in agriculture and publishing since Calvin retired about 15 years ago....More
  • Dec 9, 2013

    Farmland film to depict challenges of agriculture’s new generation

    Farmland, a film about the challenges and opportunities of a new generation of American farmers is scheduled to reach theaters next spring....More
  • Nov 25, 2013

    Early Thanksgiving celebration filled with laughter

    And that’s what I’m most thankful for on this special holiday—the gift of laughter. It’s always been the essence of my family and I’ve enjoyed it in Pat’s as well....More
  • Nov 21, 2013

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Misinformation abounds regarding GMOs

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

    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

    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

    Lessons to learn before I hit 65

    In mid-July, I passed a semi-important milestone. I turned 64....More
  • Jul 5, 2013

    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

    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

    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

    Back pain common U.S. ailment

    Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the United States....More
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