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Jun 08, 2012

Colleges, universities starting to see value of food study programs

I’ve often wondered, when looking at the “core” subjects being required by most major colleges and universities, why agriculture is rarely ever found....More
Jun 04, 2012

Low interest rates and strong commodity prices helping fuel farmland demand

Strong farm incomes continued to fuel demand for farmland during first quarter 2012 in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank region that includes....More
May 31, 2012

Social Security trust funds and Grandma’s bed

A U.S. government annual report now estimates that Social Security trust funds will be exhausted in 2033, three years earlier than projected a year....More
May 24, 2012

Why are corn yields declining in Virginia?

There is no doubt corn yields across America have gone up over the past 50-60 years....More
May 21, 2012

Waterkeeper Alliance — don’t ask, just litigate

When the Waterkeeper Alliance decides to make an example of you, they don’t let truth get in the way of their efforts. They take you to court and....More
May 18, 2012

Fire can increase your land’s natural resource value

Searching for a cost-effective management tool to increase the natural resource value of your property? Get back to basics with one of the earliest....More
May 16, 2012

T. Boone Picken’s energy gospel part 2: natural gas as a bridge to the future

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens — who comes across as a worldly-wise, aw shucks fella you’d like have a cold one with and listen to his war stories....More
May 11, 2012

Water jihads and Moe Howard haircuts

When Noah spread out the first bits of gopher wood for his ark’s keel, he was building a monument to cataclysm....More
May 04, 2012

Farm kids learn valuable lessons from their labor

The United States Department of Labor was correct in reversing its decision to impose severe restrictions on the tasks young people may perform on....More
Apr 27, 2012

Nothing wrong with admitting mistake, especially when something matters

It occurred to me recently, while reading yet another meaningless apology from a celebrity who “Tweeted” something inappropriate, that we’ve become a....More
Apr 26, 2012

Crop insurance, conservation cuts counter-productive

Legislators considering significant cuts in farm program benefits, including slashing funding for federal crop insurance, would do well to think....More
Apr 25, 2012

Billions to support elected leaders while nation’s problems go unsolved

Almost anyone who works in corporate America nowadays is subject to performance reviews, most often on an annual basis, to evaluate strengths and....More
Apr 20, 2012

Fire helps to balance man’s use of the natural world

The sweet aroma of Southern pine tree snags smoldering on a warm spring afternoon is a fragrance most appreciated when standing on the safe side of a....More
Apr 16, 2012

At what cost the disconnect between agriculture and the public?

At a recent national meeting of state departments of agriculture, “there was a lot of talk about tough times in agriculture” — budget cuts for farm....More
Apr 11, 2012

Farm bill debate starting to heat up

The political debate in Washington is starting to shift focus from the Republican presidential campaign to the economy, gas prices, Afghanistan,....More
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