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Feb 22, 2016

A farmer with a shotgun and other thoughts on the media1

U.S. agriculture is fascinatingly diverse and complex, but it’s understandably difficult for people outside of agriculture, looking in on ag from....More
Feb 16, 2016

‘Old-fashioned’ romance in the pasture and the rules of ‘engagement’

The responsibility to breed every cow that comes into heat this season is covered by someone....More
Feb 09, 2016

The complicated perfect peanut. Good luck, peanut genome

The peanut genome is sequenced, which is a good thing, but that doesn’t mean the industry is looking to develop a GMO peanut. Not that there....More
Feb 02, 2016

New financial series to help your farm survive (maybe thrive) in 2016

“Managing the Margins: 2016” is a Farm Press editorial series providing up-to-date strategies to manage the financial risks of farming in the....More
Jan 25, 2016

Spite pigweed! Do you agree with these cotton farmers?

Georgia farmers were asked “What has been the most important factor helping you with the management of Palmer amaranth in cotton?” How they answered....More
Jan 05, 2016

The farmer who cornered a market and his ‘banned’ legacy today

Farmer Vincent Kosuga smelled an opportunity with a commodity he knew best, onions, and capitalized on it in the mid-1950s, and his actions resulted....More
Jan 05, 2016

Newborn calf takes the blows and wins troubled ‘mom’ over

I suppose 05 was not thrilled about another upcoming calving event because when little Rhonda was due to come into this world, 05 was acting fitful....More
Dec 21, 2015

A joke about drunken friends reminds me of current farm policy

“We know that payments coming out of DC are significantly less than what they’ve ever been, and that’s the trend of the future we are going to have....More
Dec 11, 2015

A rancher's Christmas all our own

Time may have changed the look of Christmas for our family over the years, but it hasn’t changed the spirit....More
Nov 23, 2015

Water scarcity: “Governments will fall and wars will be fought”

Dr. Wayne Skaggs, the Williams Neal Reynolds distinguished professor of biological and agricultural engineering at North Carolina State University,....More
Nov 17, 2015

9 qualities the next American Farm Bureau president should possess

The next American Farm Bureau Federation president will influence more than in the last several generations the direction this country decides to go....More
Nov 13, 2015

“Need 15 days of sunshine and a northwest wind”

I'm not complaining, but much of the Southeast needs more than a few extra days of sunshine. If you’re having trouble with cotton or soybean harvest....More
Nov 01, 2015

South Carolina farmer’s words stick in my memory

Journalists are always on the lookout for quotable quotes. One that fits well for the devastating floods that hit South Carolina in early October....More
Oct 22, 2015

The room filled with good farming ideas

When top farmers sit together in one room, good production, marketing and business ideas get shared....More
Oct 09, 2015

If anyone can get over this, it’s the farmers

What is being called historic flooding in South Carolina is delivering a terrible final blow to many South Carolina farmers who face near total crop....More
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